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Devil in the Details: Scenes from an Obsessive Girlhood

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  • Posted October 14, 2008

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    Laugh out loud funny!

    I loved this book! The author is humorous yet informative about her "disability". I had no idea that OCD was so over powering. It takes over you whole way of thinking and how you perform your everyday life. Jennifer's writing is great and had me laughing out loud. I have since passed the book along for friends to enjoy and they love the book too! Can't wait to read her new book, Well Enough Alone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2008

    Loved it, loved it, loved it

    This book is unbelievably funny. It was very insightful, and really brought the reader in touch with how an obsessive compulsive mind works. The reader really gets a feeling for what it is like living with this disease. And I can not stress how funny, despite how serious, this book is.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2008

    Easy Read

    I was really impressed with this book. It flowed very nicely, and I didn't want to put it down. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested is how OCD affects a person in day to day activity, or anyone who wants a good laugh. It somehow puts humor into a serious disease, and really makes you think.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2008

    Great Insight Into OCD

    Wow. As someone who also suffered from OCD during chldhood, this book was DEAD ON! I actually started crying at one point because I went throught the exact same things and it was so touching to see it on paper. Not that this is a sad book, it's actually really funny and helped me laugh at myself too. I color code everything so the cover of this book caught my attention, and i'm so glad it did!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2004

    A SAD TALE OF COMPULSION

    When the poet John Gay wrote that youth was the season for joys he surely did not know Jennifer Traig. Although at times the story of her young days can be funny it was far from a period of much laughter as she suffered from obsessive-compulsive behavior. Voice performer Melinda Wade gives a fine angst ridden reading to Ms. Traig's account. What must it have been like to live with one who from her early teenage years carried much to extremes? First there is the eating problem - she's anorexic. Probably most puzzling to her parents (one of whom is Catholic, another Jewish) is her obsession with Jewish rituals. For a young girl who to date had been not even been nominally interested in religion to suddenly take to washing all of her possessions to get rid of the smell of pork must have been a shock. The litany of her behavior (which she relates as one might expect from a standup comic) is laughable, yet it's also very sad when one realizes she is referring to a form of mental illness. There is a name for this condition - disorder scrupulosity, which is marked by constant repetitions of religious observances whether it be prayer or hand washing. Well read, indeed, but not a pretty story.

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