Amanda Stern with Meredith Arthur and Dan Bern - Little Panic (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Friday, June 7, 2019 - 6:00pm

In Conversation with Meredith Arthur, Featuring Musician Dan Bern

The world never made any sense to Amanda Stern--how could she trust time to keep flowing, the sun to rise, gravity to hold her feet to the ground, or even her own body to work the way it was supposed to? Deep down, she knows that there's something horribly wrong with her, some defect that her siblings and friends don't have to cope with.

Growing up in the 1970s and 80s in New York, Amanda experiences the magic and madness of life through the filter of unrelenting panic. Plagued with fear that her friends and family will be taken from her if she's not watching--that her mother will die, or forget she has children and just move away--Amanda treats every parting as her last. Shuttled between a barefoot bohemian life with her mother in Greenwich Village, and a sanitized, stricter world of affluence uptown with her father, Amanda has little she can depend on. And when Etan Patz disappears down the block from their MacDougal Street home, she can't help but believe that all her worst fears are about to come true.

Tenderly delivered and expertly structured, Little Panic is a document of the transformation of New York City and a deep, personal, and comedic account of the trials and errors of seeing life through a very unusual lens.

Amanda Stern is the author of the novel The Long Haul and the nine book Frankly Frannie middle grade series. Since 2003, she has helmed the Happy Ending Reading series and she's been a NYFA Fiction Fellow and held residencies at the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, New York Times Magazine, Salon, and Post Roadand St. Ann's Review.

Meredith Arthur is the founder of Beautiful Voyager, a website for overthinkers, people pleasers, and perfectionists. She's also the author Get Out of My Head releasing Spring '20 (Running Press).

Dan Bern has released twenty-five studio albums, EPs, live albums and kids’ albums, and played at festivals, clubs and theaters throughout North America and Europe. Bern has written songs for movies, TV, and many other projects. His podcast is a detective series, "10,000 Crappy Songs," and his radio station is "Radio Free Bernsteinn."

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111
Little Panic: Dispatches from an Anxious Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538711941
Availability: Backordered
Published: Grand Central Publishing - May 14th, 2019

In the vein of bestselling memoirs about mental illness like Andrew Solomon's Noonday Demon, Sarah Hepola's Blackout, and Daniel Smith's Monkey Mind comes a gorgeously immersive, immediately relatable, and brilliantly funny memoir about living life on the razor's edge of panic.