Monkey Mind by Daniel Smith

91%

13 Critic Reviews

The book, despite Mr. Smith's showy self-laceration, is entertaining, instructive—and it is possibly even healing
-Wall Street Journal

Synopsis

Daniel Smith’s Monkey Mind is the stunning articulation of what it is like to live with anxiety. As he travels through anxiety’s demonic layers, Smith defangs the disorder with great humor and evocatively expresses its self-destructive absurdities and painful internal coherence. Aaron Beck, the most influential doctor in modern psychotherapy, says that “Monkey Mind does for anxiety what William Styron’s Darkness Visible did for depression.” Neurologist and bestselling writer Oliver Sacks says, “I read Monkey Mind with admiration for its bravery and clarity….I broke out into explosive laughter again and again.” Here, finally, comes relief and recognition to all those who want someone to put what they feel, or what their loved ones feel, into words.
 

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Daniel Smith's previous books include Forgetten Firsts, Is Their Alot Wrong with This Centence?, and The Sherlock Holmes Companion.
 
Published July 3, 2012 by Simon & Schuster. 226 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical, Self Help. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Monkey Mind
All: 13 | Positive: 12 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Excellent
May 15 2012

A true treasure-trove of insight laced with humor and polished prose.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Ben Greenman on Sep 07 2012

Funny is a hard row to hoe, and Smith gets the plow edge in more often than not.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
May 07 2012

Smith does a skillful job of dissecting the mechanics of anxiety as well as placing the reader in his fitful shoes

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Wall Street Journal

Excellent
Reviewed by ALEC SOLOMITA on Jul 13 2012

The book, despite Mr. Smith's showy self-laceration, is entertaining, instructive—and it is possibly even healing

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NPR

Good
Reviewed by Heller McAlpin on Jul 05 2012

His book, so candid about his own jitters, just might be a calmative for other sufferers.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Carole Turner on Jul 12 2012

Daniel Smith has written a book that will resound with all of us.

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Star Tribune

Excellent
Reviewed by JULIE FOSTER on Jun 30 2012

An intelligent, intimate and touching journey through one man's angst-ridden life.

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The Boston Globe

Excellent
Reviewed by Karen Campbell on Aug 06 2012

He may never cure his anxious mind, but he’s learned the power of acceptance, laughter, and hope.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by David Robbins

This is his story and he’s told it, perhaps inadvertently, in a way that is so informed by his anxiety that it’s a rare conversation.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Excellent
Reviewed by Julie Azzam on Jul 08 2012

Monkey Mind is a rare gem from which "regular people" like myself and mental health professionals will benefit, gain understanding, and some well-needed comedic release.

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Cleveland.com

Below average
Reviewed by Evelyn Theiss on Sep 25 2012

The publicity for Smith's memoir, "Monkey Mind," promises hilarity, but I felt more pity than laughter.

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Newsday

Excellent
Reviewed by Marion Winik on Jul 06 2012

Hilarious, well-informed and intelligent, Smith conveys the seriousness of his situation without becoming pathetic or unrelatable, and what's more, he offers useful information for both sufferers and non-sufferers.

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Psych Central

Excellent
Reviewed by Margarita Tartakovsky

...ultimately, he inspires readers to keep going; not to let their anxiety disrupt their dreams or their goals.

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