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Taking a firsthand look at the experience and science of fear, Nerve explores the limits of what one can do to live less fearfully while still pushing limits.

  • Features

    • Award-winning author and journalist Eva Holland confronts her own phobias firsthand and recounts her experiences, while also exploring the lives of fearless individuals
    • Holland sheds light on why and how humans feel fear, whether or not fear is necessary, if it's rooted in the body or mind, and if there's a better way to feel afraid

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    From the publisher: Frozen in terror during a mountain descent, award-winning journalist Eva Holland reaches her breaking point. Since childhood, she’s been gripped by two debilitating phobias: fear of losing her mother, and fear of heights. The worst has already happened: Eva’s mother died suddenly and unexpectedly in 2015. But now—after an arduous, embarrassing and tearful finale to her ice-climbing expedition—Eva decides, enough. Fear may define her past, but she won’t let it dictate her future.

    Thus begins Holland's quest to renegotiate her inhibiting relationship with fear. In stirring, raw prose, she reveals what it's like to live in the clutches of paralyzing dread. And with remarkable courage, she tests the limits of what one can do to live less fearfully—from engaging in daring adventure to cutting-edge research. She confronts her acrophobia by jumping out of an airplane, explores the lives of rare individuals who feel little or no fear, and meets with scientists working to eliminate phobias with a single pill.

    Ultimately, Holland’s odyssey sheds light on universal questions: How do we feel fear, and why? Is fear necessary? Is it rooted in the body or the mind? And it brings her ever closer to knowing: Is there a better way to feel afraid? Finding the nerve to face down her fears, Holland not only shows us how to grapple with our own, but invites us to embrace them as a way to live happier and feel more alive.
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    8.3 x 5.5 inches


    Eva Holland

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    Workman Publishing

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