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Wish I Could Be There

Notes From a Phobic Life

by Allen Shawn

Wish I Could Be There
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  • Published in USA  Feb 2007
    304 pages
    Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

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Allen Shawn is afraid of heights, water, fields, parking lots, tunnels, and unknown roads. He avoids taking subways, using elevators, or crossing bridges. In short, he is afraid of both closed and open spaces and of any form of isolation. Yet this is a memoir of enormous bravery.

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Starred Review. In assessing his complex legacy, Shawn anchors his simultaneously disquieting and affirming study of phobias to real life and uncloaks many essential facets of the human condition." - Booklist.
"Starred Review. The result is both a lucid explication of psychopathology and a deeply felt evocation of a "pain in the soul." - PW.

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