Smart Bets: Sara Benincasa

Sara Benincasa, the author of the hilarious (and sometime squeamish-making) Agorafabulous! Dispatches From My Bedroom tells, in unflinching detail, the story of her struggle with anxiety disorder and debilitating agoraphobia. And while Benincasa — a former Warren Wilson College student and now a comedian and writer — doesn't exactly make mental illness seem glamorous, she does manage to find the humor even in the darkest moments. Search "What is a Panic Attack?" on YouTube for a taste of Benincasa's particular brand of sassy, snarky, smart wit. She reads at Malaprop's on Thursday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m. Free. http://www.malaprops.com.

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