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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: February 2012 ISBN: 9781442349964
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Rooker | 8/6/2013

    " A very personal tale of a successful person's insecurity, anxiety, and how he learns to finally let go and find comfort in life's unfolding events. Mark - I understand it took a lot to get there - for what it's worth I'm still paddling up stream. I'd love to sit and have a glass of wine with you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harvee | 6/16/2013

    " Easy reading, smooth writing. A memoir that shows how a writer reaches a philosophy of life - man is an empty boat rocked, nudged, and moved by cosmic forces outside of his control. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Johnson | 6/10/2013

    " I'm so glad to finally have more from Mark Salzman. This thin volume is thoughtful and full of humor. It's been a long time since I've seen a writer write so eloquently of writer's block. Much tragedy in this ultimately hope-filled book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miriam Kast | 5/29/2013

    " I enjoyed the large number (relative to the size of the book)of good and noble people in this book. An overall inspiring read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 1/22/2013

    " I have read other books by Mark Salzman and like his experience with Asian culture. This is a memoir. I enjoyed the insights he gains from the perspective of Eastern meditation. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Moira Russell | 12/20/2012

    " Really not as good as the talk it was based on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kat | 10/25/2012

    " Fuuunnyy.... grasshopper! Good book with some awesome insight to anxiety, love, family and relationships in general. Glad I read this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth Larson | 9/11/2012

    " If you have read Mark's other books some of this book's content you already know. If you haven't read any of his books I don't think this is the one to start with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isabel | 7/3/2012

    " Engaging, at times laugh-out-loud funny, and well-written. Though I don't agree with all of the author's conclusions about life, his journey to arrive at those conclusions always kept my interest. His novel Lying Awake, to my mind, is his masterpiece. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Whisner | 4/15/2012

    " Here Mark Salzman is not the fresh college graduate in China but a grown man with a wife, two daughters, writer's block, and a mess of anxieties. By the end, he's learned some things about how to face life. I liked spending time with him. "

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About the Author
Author Mark SalzmanMark Salzman is the author of Iron & Silk, an account of his two years in China; the novels The Laughing Sutra and The Soloist, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for fiction; and Lost in Place, a memoir. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, filmmaker Jessica Yu.
About the Narrator

Holter Graham, award-winning audiobook narrator, has appeared in many films, including Fly Away Home, Stephen King’s Maximum Overdrive, and Hairspray. His television credits include Army Wives, Wasted, Damages, and Law & Order, among others.