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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (297 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jennifer Traig Narrator: Meg Savlov Publisher: Listen & Live Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The good news is Jennifer Traig does not have lupus, multiple sclerosis, Huntington’s disease, Crohn’s disease, or muscular dystrophy. She discovers that she does not have SUDS, the mysterious disorder that claims healthy young Asian men in their sleep, nor does she have Foreign Accent Syndrome, the bizarre but real neurological condition that transforms native West Virginians into Eliza Doolittle overnight. What she does have is hypochondria. Jenny Traig’s inquiry into her ailment is not only an uproariously funny account but also a literary tour of hypochondria, past and present: the implied hypochondria of the Talmud, the flatulence-obsessed eighteenth century, and the malady’s current unfortunate lack of a celebrity spokesperson. At the same time, Traig provides an intimate look at the complement of minor conditions that have concealed her essential health and driven her persistent self-diagnosis: the eczema, the shaky hands, and, worst of all, the bad hair. To her surprise, she ends her journey more knowledgeable than she was when she started out, a little less neurotic, and—one might say—healthier. Well Enough Alone is the definitive book on being worried well, in all of its gruesome and hysterical detail, from one of our funniest and most distinctive literary voices. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Meg | 2/4/2014

    " super good for anyone who has hypochondria :) or loves one :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Aviva | 2/2/2014

    " This book started out as three stars but moved down to two for me as it went along. Jennifer Traig is funny, I'll give her that, but at a certain point I also started to find her annoying and narcissistic. Sure, there's always a certain level of narcissism inherent in writing about oneself, but hers seemed to go beyond that into bratty territory. Still, an amusing read about a topic I'm all too familiar with myself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Whitney | 1/25/2014

    " After reading Jennifer Traig's other book "Devil in the Details," and now this, I'm pretty sure she's my long-lost twin sister. In fact, the similarities between us are so astonishing that I'm not entirely convinced that she is not me. I am so much of a hypochondriac that, even though Traig kept me in stitches (not literally) with her hilarious writing, she also kept me running to the Internet between every chapter to see if I had the disease she had just mentioned. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Robin | 1/21/2014

    " I am such a germ phobe! I found this book pretty funny. Many parts of it struck home with me, including the parts about anorexia. "

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