Thursday, October 29, 2009

Amen, Amen, Amen

My neuropsychologist mom taught me how to diagnose people from a young age. She also left me with a deep jealousy for her patients, who stole away her time. If I had Autism or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Mom could stay home to treat me. Amen, Amen, Amen (Scribner Hardcover) by Abby Sher is a memoir of uncontrollable OCD, the product of childhood pains and passions.

Sher perfectly captures youth's rituals--small things we do to control a world often wild and unruly. Yet, demonstrations of love and loss turn to demons that force Sher to obsessively incant the Shema, starve and finally slice at her skin. Sher's fiercely funny candid book is inspiring, causing me to question my own ways of coping with crippling loneliness, confessional Jewish family and death. No better way than attending superb scribe Susan Shapiro's generous fete thrown for Sher, who toasted Amen, Amen, Amen, a true triumph of faith.

(Royal Young, Pomp & Circumstance, Executive Editor, Susan Shapiro, Author, Speed Shrinking, Abby Sher, Author, Molly Lyons, Agent, Samantha Martin, Editor)



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