Nowhere Near Normal by Traci Foust
A Memoir of OCD

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In the bestselling tradition of Augusten Burroughs, a compassionate, witty, and completely candid memoir that chronicles growing up with obsessive-compulsive disorder.

When all the neighborhood kids were playing outdoors, seven-year-old Traci Foust was inside making sure the miniature Catholic saint statues on her windowsill always pointed north, scratching out bald patches on her scalp, and snapping her fingers after every utterance of the word God. As Traci grew older, her OCD blossomed to include panic attacks and bizarre behaviors, including a fear of the sun, an obsession with contracting eradicated diseases, and the idea that she could catch herself on fire just by thinking about it. While stints of therapy -- and lots of Nyquil -- sometimes helped, nothing alleviated the fact that her single mother and mid-life crisis father had no idea how to deal with her.

Traci Foust shares her wacky and compelling journey with brutal honesty, from becoming a teenage runaway on the poetry slam beat in the hippie beach towns of Northern California to living at a family-owned nursing home, in a room with a seventy-five- year-old WWII Vet who kept mistaking her for a prostitute. In this funny, frenetic, and wonderfully dark-humored account of her struggles with a variety of psychological disorders, Traci ultimately concludes that there is nothing special about being “normal.”
 

About Traci Foust

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Traci Foust grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and received a degree in American Literature from UCSC. Her writing credits included contemporary short fiction in The Black Satellite Anthology (2000) to winning the Northern California Olympiad of the Arts award for the same category. She has also been published in Hyperlexia Literary Journal (3/09). She currently lives in San Diego, CA. Nowhere Near Normal is her first book-length work of nonfiction.
 
Published April 5, 2011 by Gallery Books. 386 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction

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A slew of doctors and counselors offered support as well, though Foust found the most solace in the statistics related to her condition, such as the fact that teens “spend at least 83 percent of their thought process time worrying about the way their actions will make them appear in the eyes of t...

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Growing up in the 1970s with an anxiety disorder that was only later diagnosed as obsessive compulsive lent a strange, disquieting edge to San Francisco author Foust's childhood, as she re-creates it in this moving memoir.

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Be prepared to jump in the Way-Back Time Machine as you hunker down to read Traci (with an “i”) Foust’s Nowhere Near Normal, because regardless of how you remember living through the 70s and 80s, you will love how Foust has tapped into product references, which will undoubtedly have you reaching ...

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@Lael_Lenehan @melmoes could you make a You Tube Video that way we could post it afterwords?

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Marie Claire

With OCD you have to stop caring about others and start caring about taking care of yourself.

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