Well Enough Alone
Well Enough Alone From the critically acclaimed author of "Devil in the Details" comes this hilarious first-person account of life as a hypochondriac, as well as a look at the condition's history and broader cultural context.A hilarious first-person account of life as a hypochondriac, as well as a look at the conditionas history and broader cultural context, from the critically acclaimed author of "Devil in the Details," The good news is Jennifer Traig does not have lupus, multiple sclerosis, Huntingtonas disease, Crohnas disease, or muscular dystrophy. She discovers that she does not have SUDS, the mysterious disorder that claims healthy young Asian men in their sleep, nor does she have Foreign Accent Syndrome, the bizarre but real neurological condition that transforms native West Virginians into Eliza Doolittle overnight. What she does have is hypochondria. Jenny Traigas inquiry into her ailment is not only an uproariously funny account but also a literary tour of hypochondria, past and present: the implied hypochondria of the Talmud, the flatulence-obsessed eighteenth century, and the maladyas current unfortunate lack of a celebrity spokesperson. At the same time, Traig provides an intimate look at the complement of minor conditions that have concealed her essential health and driven her persistent self-diagnosis: the eczema, the shaky hands, and, worst of all, the bad hair. To her surprise, she ends her journey more knowledgeable than she was when she started out, a little less neurotic, andaone might sayahealthier. "Well Enough Alone" is the definitive book on being worried well, in all of its gruesome and hysterical detail, from one of our funniest and most distinctive literary voices.