Sunday, March 16, 2014

Scared Stiff Everything You Need to Know About 50 Famous Phobias by Sara Latta Review


Teen Nonfiction
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Zest Books; Original edition (February, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1-936976-49-2
Everyone knows what it is to be afraid. But phobias take the normal (and even helpful!) human emotion of fear to a much more visceral, even primal, place. For some people, it’s a spider that does it. For others it’s a clown, or a trans-Atlantic flight, or even just a puddle of water. It’s the thing that stops us in our tracks, sets our hearts racing, and stands our hairs on end. Scared Stiff takes readers on a journey through these experiences—using biology, psychology, and history (not to mention pop culture) to explain where our phobias came from, how they affect us, and how we might eventually overcome them.

Inside You’ll Also Find:

✳ An explanation of the history behind each of these fifty phobias, and a discussion of notable people who have suffered from the fear
✳ Sidebars that highlight famous phobic moments from history and pop culture
✳ Updates on how successful the various phobia treatments have been

Phobias are no laughing matter, but sometimes the first step to overcoming our anxiety is understanding that sometimes we’re afraid of some really weird things. So whether you’re looking for perspective, information, or just want to know what keeps Madonna and David Beckham up at night, this is the book for you. (Bibliophobes, however, should probably keep their distance!)
Sara LattaSara L. Latta is a scientist turned science writer. She graduated from the University of Chicago with a Master’s degree in Immunology and later earned her MFA in Creative Writing. Her works include Bonesand DNA and Blood, as well as other science books for young people. Latta lives and works in Champaign, Illinois.

Cassandra's Review- Fun and full of a ton of great facts and information. This book is written in a way that any age will have a great time reading. I read this out loud to my children and they had a joyful time in which we were able to discuss and enlighten ourselves. This is such a good book I highly recommend snagging a copy for yourself and a friend!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from - Zest Books is an award-winning publisher of smart and edgy nonfiction books for teens, young adults and new adults, distributed by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. We publish books on pop culture, relationships, style, how-to and health, as well as first-person accounts and memoirs. 

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