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Devil in the Details: Scenes from an Obsessive Girlhood

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In the bestselling tradition of "Running with Scissors" and "A Girl Named Zippy," Jennifer Traig tells an unforgettable story of youthful obsession.

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Overall customer rating: 4.500
danade

Funny/sad/Sedaris-like

by danade on May 20, 2008

My daughter gave me this book for Mother's Day and after I peeked at the first page I couldn't put it down until I'd finished it. Though Jennifer Traig's memoir of her childhood/teenage struggle with obsessive-compulsive disorder reads hilariously most of the time, it's a revealing, poignant story of how the author's childhood and teenage years were really consumed by this disease. Traig's memoir stops abruptly, though, with an apparent complete resolution of her illness as soon as she went off to college. I was left wanting more information aIbout this--how could she so suddenly recover from such a debilitating mental illness? If you know a young person with OCD, this is an informative personal look into one person's experience with the disease.

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Seajack

Hilarious!

by Seajack on Sep 14, 2007

Author spent her teen years trying to observe Jewish ritual in a non-observant mixed-faith family (her mother is Catholic). Since she had no actual religious instruction, as such, she sort of "improvises" as she goes along based upon a sketchy reading of biblical injunctions, resulting only compulsive behavior, tenuously related to the Torah - at best! Her tolerant parents just assumed she was nuts.

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