Wish I Could Be There: Notes from a Phobic Life

Wish I Could Be There: Notes from a Phobic Life


By (author) Allen Shawn

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Format: Paperback | 267 pages
  • Dimensions: 122mm x 196mm x 14mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2008
  • ISBN 10: 0143113070
  • ISBN 13: 9780143113072
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 800,013

Product description

In addition to being the son of famous "New Yorker" editor William Shawn and brother of the distinguished playwright and actor Wallace Shawn, Allen Shawn is agoraphobic-he is afraid of both public spaces and isolation. "Wish I Could Be There" gracefully captures both of these extraordinary realities, blending memoir and scientific inquiry in an utterly engrossing quest to understand the mysteries of the human mind. Droll, probing, and honest, Shawn explores the many ways we all become who we are, whether through upbringing, genes, or our own choices, creating "an eloquent meditation upon the mysteries of personality and family"* and the struggle to face one's demons.

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"A harrowing, essential book about the force of fear gone wild in one person's mind and body." -"Chicago Tribune" "Remarkable. A brave, eccentric, and utterly compelling book that's as revelatory and candid as anything ever written by Joan Didion, and as humane and scientifically fascinating as any one of Oliver Sacks's case studies." -Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times*" "A vividly written combination of memoir and scientific inquiry." -"The New Yorker"