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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (103 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Salzman Narrator: Holter Graham Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Anxiety has always been part of Mark Salzman’s life: he was born into a family as nervous as rabbits, people with extra angst coded into their genes. As a young man he found solace through martial arts, meditation, tai chi, and rigorous writing schedules, but as he approaches midlife, he confronts a year of catastrophe. First Salzman suffers a crippling case of writer’s block; then a sudden family tragedy throws his life into chaos. Overwhelmed by terrifying panic attacks, the author begins a search for equanimity that ultimately leads to an epiphany from a most unexpected source.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “If there were a prize for most winning writer, Mark Salzman would cop it.”

     New York Times

  • “The concreteness and economy of Salzman’s writing, his eye and ear for tiny resonant details… eventually yield their riches in a clear-eyed vision.”

    New York

  • “Salzman is a gifted storyteller, able in short order to capture the look, feel, even the smell of everyday.”

    The Philadelphia Inquirer

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by John Stein | 1/8/2014

    " You got to really like Mark Salzman ( which I do) to really enjoy the book and it fit with my middle age angst reading theme. A quick read but idiosyncratic "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Toby | 1/2/2014

    " Welcome back, Mark - some of us have missed you! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lisa | 12/14/2013

    " This is one of my favorite authors, and I think this might be his most revealing, sad book yet. I just wish it didn't take so long between books! If you're thinking of reading his books, start with "Iron and Silk." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lisa | 11/29/2013

    " I loved this book! Salzman is an excellent writer of fiction so I hope he gets back to that, but this was a great interlude about his struggles with grief and anxiety, told with humor and grace. "

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