Friday, December 11, 2009

192 - Amen, Amen, Amen: A Memoir of a Girl Who Couldn't Stop Praying (Among Other Things); Abby Sher

Amen, Amen, Amen; Abby Sher

Abby Sher was a happy child from a musical family until about the age of ten. When her father and favorite aunt pass away, Abby deals with her grief and the loss by performing various rituals.  For example, kissing her fathers picture over and over again at night. Suddenly something so seemingly harmless grows into a series of elaborate rituals such as: repetitive praying, washing her hands over and over, counting her steps, and collecting sharp objects from the pavement.  Before long her prayer ritual alone grows into her spending hours reciting prayers and pleas, for she firmly believed that if she stopped other people would surely die too.

It is not until college, feeling out of control, suffering from anorexia and self-mutilation issues as well that Abby is finally diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder.


My Thoughts - A touching, haunting memoir about a young woman's struggle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). I was surprised that the story was even funny in parts, and it did not leave me feeling depressed. If you enjoy memoirs, and aren't afraid to examine a few of your own harmless quirks as you read about Abby, then this book is RECOMMENDED.

15 comments:

  1. I definitely want to read this one. I love memoirs and this looks like a fascinating one!

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  2. Well, you know I do love memoirs. This one sounds interesting and somewhat sad. Glad it didn't leave you feeling depressed.

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  3. I enjoy memoirs and I'm a bit OCD myself so I will check this one out! Thanks for the great review!

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  4. Yours is the second review I've read of this book, and it definitely sounds like a good one. I will have to look for this one. Thanks for your great review, Diane.

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  5. This memoir does sound so interesting. I'm glad to see it's recommended by you!

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  6. This looks really good! I can't believe she wasn't diagnosed until college! Was it just because she was good at keeping it secret, or because she and her family didn't know about OCD?

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  7. It must be very well written if it doesn't depress.

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  8. Wow! I do love memoirs and OCD is a subject painfully close to my heart.

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  9. I love memoirs - this one sounds good...and unique! I know very little about OCD beyond the usual stereotypes and jokes.

    And she must be a good writer to deal with a serious subject with humor.

    Sue

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  10. I thought this sounded interesting and then you added that it was a memoir. I'm hooked!

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  11. Totally sounds like one I would enjoy especially having a few OCD tendencies myself.

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  12. I might just check this out ... I think OCD is interesting to read about (Martin was one of my favorite characters from "Her Fearful Symmetry). Thanks for the review!

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  13. I think this book looks very interesting. I really love memoirs and am going to be grabbing a copy of this one. I like the fact that it has some hopeful and upbeat aspects. Great review!

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  14. In my line of work, I OCD quite a bit. This book definitely appeals to me. :)

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  15. I really love memoirs but for some reason haven't read many lately. This one looks good. Thanks for the review!

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