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Discussion Guide for Little Panic: Dispatches from an Anxious Life
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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, Amanda Stern's memoir 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.
Little Panic: Dispatches From an Anxious Life | Amanda Stern | Grand Central Publishing | 2018 | 400 pages | ISBN: 978-1538711927
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 an 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, Post Road, and St. Ann's Review.