Patty Chang Anker

SOME NERVE: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave (Riverhead), a Books for a Better Life Award finalist which calls “Downright inspiring,” is the story of one woman’s quest to conquer her many fears and to help others do the same. Drawing on interviews with dozens of teachers, coaches, therapists and clergy, Some Nerve from Patty Chang Anker provides practical advice and profound wisdom for pushing past our limitations in order to live a bigger and more joyful life. Fears addressed include failure, success, rejection, change, letting go, public speaking, clutter, water, heights, driving, death, and more. A Psychology Today “Recommended Read” and Parents Magazine “Must Read”

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Ready, Set… D'Oh!

It’s like every time the proverbial starting gun goes off, I trip and fall on my face. Since the new year, I’ve already resolved to go back to the gym pool and arrived without my swim bag, marked next week on the calendar to work on a book proposal only to discover one of the kids has 10:30 am dismissal every day of it, planned to write a blog about fresh starts and gotten interrupted so many times it’s become one about false starts instead. Not to mention my intention to forego wine during the week, which lasted til Thursday because sometimes you just really need the week to be over!

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About the Author

Patty Chang Anker is the author of “Some Nerve: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave” (Riverhead Books), which was a Books For a Better Life Award finalist, a Parents Magazine “Must Read” and which calls “downright inspiring.” Named a Good Housekeeping “Blogger We Love” and a “Top 25 Funny Mom” on Circle of Moms for her blog Facing Forty Upside Down, Anker’s writing has appeared in numerous publications including O Magazine, Dr. Oz Magazine,,, iVillage and The Huffington Post. Anker blogs regularly for‘s Anxiety section.

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