Wish I Could Be There: Notes from a Phobic Life

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Penguin, Jan 29, 2008 - Psychology - 288 pages
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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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User Review  - AuntieClio - LibraryThing

Allen Shawn writes about being phobic. How his phobias shape his life, how he's tried to overcome them, and how knowing how his childhood environment shaped them doesn't relieve the tension. Trying to ... Read full review

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User Review  - Dillon Broadwell - Goodreads

This is not a book for everyone. It is dense at points, dry at others but all in all is a very interesting read and I found some nice little nuggets of knowledge and interesting looks on life that i ... Read full review


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Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Chapter Seven
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