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I’ve published 13 books: A novel called The Long Haul, a memoir called Little Panic, and 11 books for kids written under pseudonyms. Find them all below…

Little Panic, my memoir, came out June 19, 2018.

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In the vein of bestselling memoirs about mental illness like Andrew Solomon’s Noonday Demon, Sarah Hepola’s Blackout and Daniel Smith’s Monkey Mind comes a gorgeously immersive, immediately relatable, and brilliantly funny memoir about living life on the razor’s edge of panic.

“In this canny, insightful, novelistic memoir, Amanda Stern traces the indelible path her underlying anxiety has traced in a rich but often frustrated life. It’s a book about her emergence into and acceptance of mature identity, but it is also about the danger of love, the maze of social pressure, and the tension between childhood expectations and adult realities. Narrating with real poignance how every experience she’s had has been filtered through her psychic vulnerability, she achieves a symphony of complex fragilities and redeeming strengths.”―Andrew Solomon

Little Panic is an intimate and sweeping story of hyper-vigilance. Cheeky and vivid and transporting, it’s also extremely funny. Stern’s book conveys just how isolating mental illness really is, how it creates almost a second existence for those who suffer it. As I read it I had the sense of someone living underwater, watching the world going on effortlessly above. I was swept up. I spend my life hoping to find books like this.”―Sarah Manguso

The Long Haul is about a frozen relationship between a college-aged alcoholic (“The Alcoholic”) and his codependent girlfriend (the protagonist whose name is never spoken). Shifting between Upstate New York and New York City, the story follows the trajectory of their doomed six-year relationship.

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“This moody novel is about dependency and inaction, but it is told with brave, risky language. Much of the time this pays off with metaphors that are so fresh they are almost jarring; they deliver the shock of unexpected truth.” -the San Francisco Chronicle



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The Frankly Frannie Series Written under the name, A.J. Stern, “Frankly, Frannie,” is a series of 9 books centered on Frannie Bird Miller, an elementary school girl who just wants a job. Armed with a resume and business cards, Frannie can’t wait to be hired, have an office, an office supply closet, and of course, an assistant. Jobs aren’t so easy to come by it turns out, which leaves Frannie with just one option, hire herself.  From radio talk show host to Fortune teller, every book follows Frannie as she tries out a new job. Click here to watch the book trailer. 


You are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah & We are SO Crashing Your Bar Mitzvah!– Written under the name, Fiona Rosenbloom, “You are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah!” & “We are SO Crashing Your Bar Mitzvah!” is a series of 2 books for young adults.  Published by Hyperion, in 2005 and 2006, the books center on Stacy Adelaide Friedman, her best friend Lydia, a boy and the Bat Mitzvah that comes between them.You Are SO Not Invited!We Are SO Crashing!

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2 responses to “Books”

  1. Dawn Avatar

    Little Panic was my first book I’ve read on Panic. I am 45 and was diagnosed when I was 19. I could relate to everything she wrote. This is the first time I don’t feel like I am the only person in the world suffering with this. Thank you for your honesty and I absolutely loved the book and the story behind it. I laughed, I cried and I was sad it ended. I can’t wait to read more of your books.

    1. Amanda Stern Avatar
      Amanda Stern

      Dawn! Thank you so much! This is an amazing note to receive. I will try and hurry up and get to work on the next book for you. Amanda

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