Out With It: How Stuttering Helped Me Find My Voice

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Imagine waking up one day to find your words trapped inside your head, leaving you unable to say what you feel, think, want, or need…

That’s exactly what happened to Katherine Preston at the age of seven. Thus began a seventeen-year battle with her stutter, hiding her shame and denying anything was wrong. Finally, exhausted and humiliated, she left her home in London to travel around America meeting hundreds of stutterers- including celebrities, psychologists, writers, and ...

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Overview

Imagine waking up one day to find your words trapped inside your head, leaving you unable to say what you feel, think, want, or need…

That’s exactly what happened to Katherine Preston at the age of seven. Thus began a seventeen-year battle with her stutter, hiding her shame and denying anything was wrong. Finally, exhausted and humiliated, she left her home in London to travel around America meeting hundreds of stutterers- including celebrities, psychologists, writers, and others from all walks of life- as well as speech therapists and researchers. What began as a vague search for a cure became a journey that debunked the misconceptions shrouding the condition, and a love story that transformed her definition of normal.

Out With It is an anthology of expertise and experience that sheds light on an ancient problem that today affects 60 million people worldwide. It is a heartwarming memoir and a journalistic feat, a story about understanding yourself an learning to embrace the voice within.

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Editorial Reviews

David Mitchell
"Out With It is both a compassionate, unflinching memoir and an anatomy of life with a stammer. Katherine Preston offers affirmation for the millions of us who live with a speech disfluency and practical insight for those who don't. I highly recommend this astute and engaging book."
Michael Palin
“Katherine Preston is an upbeat and inspiring example of how to deal with a problem that concerns so many and yet is acknowledged by so few. Out With It deserves the widest possible audience.”
Emily Blunt
“Katherine Preston's memoir is an astute and personal exploration on the human experience.... A must-read.”
Margaret Drabble
“A frank, encouraging, and fresh exploration of a problem that's more widespread than we think. Out With It is a welcome addition to the small body of literature on this fascinating and mysterious subject.”
Benson Bobrick
Out With It is a highly personal, vivid, and affecting account of one woman's journey from disability to wholeness through self-acceptance. It is sure to engage anyone who has traveled down a kindred path.”
Jake Steinfeld
“I’ve spent decades helping others reach their peak level of physical fitness and realize that the strength within creates the picture of health on the outside. Though I may look like a tough guy, I’ve fought my own inner battle with stuttering for most of my life. In Out With It, Katherine Preston describes, in such great detail, what it’s like to not be able to express yourself clearly and without ridicule. With her memoir, she’s become a voice for anyone with speech issues. My only complaint is that she didn’t write it sooner.”
Carl Bernstein
“Katherine Preston is an extraordinary new literary voice and a triumphant storyteller of her generation. How she got there is a captivating tale and we are all the richer for her experience and her arrival.”
Publishers Weekly
Imagine being unable to say your own name or speak for longer than a few moments without stuttering. It's an adversity that Preston lives with daily and explores here. Broken into two parts that explore her life—growing up in England and her research into the how and why of stuttering in America—Preston's book pulses with wit and energy, and the realities of how difficult living with this affliction is painted vividly. She visits therapists who promise a "cure", discusses media portrayals from The Kings Speech to A Fish Called Wanda, and decides to interview researchers and fellow stutterers—including actors, musicians, and regular folks—to explore the problem academically. In the process she finds love and discovers a community of stutterers, some of whom emphasize their stutter in an attempt to remove the stigma around it. Preston is unflinching and funny; she manages to find a happy balance of education, memoir, and feel-good-factor that few books actually achieve, concluding that it is our "imperfections that ultimately make us beautiful." Never saccharine or pandering, Preston's book is a triumph of telling your story without fear or glossing over the harder to look at details. Agent: Brettne Bloom, Neerim, Williams & Bloom. (May)
Liz Tuccillo
“A compelling bird’s eye view of a condition few people are exposed to—and even fewer have patience for. Out With It is an inspiring, emotional story about one woman’s struggle to be heard—with an intelligent and unique love story as an added delight.”
quarterly publication of the British Stammering As Speaking Out
“A refreshingly honest memoir.... Out With It is a unique book, and I thoroughly recommend it to anyone who stammers, knows someone who stammers, or simply wants to know more about this often misunderstood condition. It made me laugh out loud, gave me deep, positive revelations about the stammering experience, and simply made me appreciate the journey a little bit more.”
From the Publisher
"Out With It is both a compassionate, unflinching memoir and an anatomy of life with a stammer. Katherine Preston offers affirmation for the millions of us who live with a speech disfluency and practical insight for those who don't. I highly recommend this astute and engaging book."

“Katherine Preston is an upbeat and inspiring example of how to deal with a problem that concerns so many and yet is acknowledged by so few. Out With It deserves the widest possible audience.”

“Katherine Preston's memoir is an astute and personal exploration on the human experience.... A must-read.”

“A frank, encouraging, and fresh exploration of a problem that's more widespread than we think. Out With It is a welcome addition to the small body of literature on this fascinating and mysterious subject.”

Out With It is a highly personal, vivid, and affecting account of one woman's journey from disability to wholeness through self-acceptance. It is sure to engage anyone who has traveled down a kindred path.”

“Katherine Preston is an extraordinary new literary voice and a triumphant storyteller of her generation. How she got there is a captivating tale and we are all the richer for her experience and her arrival.”

“I’ve spent decades helping others reach their peak level of physical fitness and realize that the strength within creates the picture of health on the outside. Though I may look like a tough guy, I’ve fought my own inner battle with stuttering for most of my life. In Out With It, Katherine Preston describes, in such great detail, what it’s like to not be able to express yourself clearly and without ridicule. With her memoir, she’s become a voice for anyone with speech issues. My only complaint is that she didn’t write it sooner.”

“A compelling bird’s eye view of a condition few people are exposed to—and even fewer have patience for. Out With It is an inspiring, emotional story about one woman’s struggle to be heard—with an intelligent and unique love story as an added delight.”

“A refreshingly honest memoir.... Out With It is a unique book, and I thoroughly recommend it to anyone who stammers, knows someone who stammers, or simply wants to know more about this often misunderstood condition. It made me laugh out loud, gave me deep, positive revelations about the stammering experience, and simply made me appreciate the journey a little bit more.”

New York Daily News
“An interesting journey, both across country and in life.”
Kirkus Reviews
An inspiring memoir about the author's struggle to come to terms with her stuttering. More than 60 million people worldwide deal with the condition of stuttering, and many of them still struggle with the root causes of that stuttering, whether it be physical pain in childhood, repression of emotions, or other starting points mired in PTSD. Preston began stuttering around the age of 7, and the book starts there, smartly capturing the mix of abject terror and curious observation that childhood stuttering can create. The stakes, viewed from adulthood, may not seem as high, but to a child, it's a bitter victory to evade stuttering by asking for the ice cream treat in a cup instead of the desired (but difficult to say) "waffle cone." In different points of her life, the author found connections in interesting ways; for example, Preston's parents enrolled her in speech therapy in a program named after Monty Python member Michael Palin. Watching the stutterer in Palin's film A Fish Called Wanda, the author felt mortification as her friends stole glances at her. Years later, Preston met Palin, who dealt with stuttering as a child, and they discussed his rationale for the part. She chronicles her many interviews with fellow stutterers--people bullied, people strengthened, and people driven from those they care about. She also traces her own coming-of-age through the maze of stuttering--e.g., learning how to flirt with boys in ways that left her in control of the conversation. Readers expecting a fairy-tale ending when they finish the book can't have been reading very closely, but Preston comes to a truce with stuttering, and her battles with it make for engaging reading.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451676594
  • Publisher: Atria Books
  • Publication date: 3/4/2014
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 296,205
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.45 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Katherine Preston is a writer, public speaker, and a regular contributor to Psychology Today. Raised in England, she currently lives in San Francisco. Find out more at KatherinePreston.com.

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