Author(s): Sara Benincasa
Comedian and radio host Sara Benincasa's life hasn't always been a funny joyride. Since childhood, she strugged with panic disorder, becoming by age twenty-one a full-on obsessive, cowering, trembling agoraphobe. Terrified to leave her own apartment, she stacked empty cans and jars against the wall of her tiny studio apartment. Her fear eventually extended to everything but her bed. And always there was the siren song of the knives in the kitchen drawer, luring her to give herself over to emptiness. As she neared the edge, friends and family, therapy and drugs intervened to help Sara build a new world from the ashes of her former life. Today, the acclaimed artist tours the world-a life inconceivable to the frightened, stick-thin young woman crouching in the dark whom she once was. "Agorafabulous" is her funny, unpretentious recollections of being a prisoner of fear and how she struggled to overcome her demons. Earthy and relatable, unabashedly incorrect and unsentimental, she will break your heart in one sentence and leave you hunched over with laughter in the next (Sam Apple, author of American Parent).
"The abridged list of things Sara Benincasa has been afraid of includes leaving her home, having a wet head, driving...and sex. But her memoir...dissects all of these fears with so much verve and humor, you'll be amazed at how much fun it can be to read about such difficult circumstances."--Bust Magazine
Sara Benincasa is an award-winning comedian, writer, blogger and podcast host and the writer and star of the one-woman show, Agorafabulous!. She has appeared throughout the media, and was a citizen-journalist for the 2008 MTV Choose or Lose Street Team. She hosts the web series Gettin' Wet with Sara Benincasa and the popular podcast Sex and Other Human Activities. She lives in New York City.