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Paperback 176 Pages / Published: 08/02/2000
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Emily Colas, a young, intelligent, well-educated wife and mother of two had a secret that was getting in the way of certain activities. Like touching people, having a normal relationship with her husband, socialising and eating out. Soon there was no interval in Colas' life when she was not just checking everything around her. This raw, darkly comic series of astonishing vignettes is Emily Colas' touching chronicle of her twisted journey through the obsessive-compulsive disorder that came to dominate her world. In the beginning it was germs and food. By the time she faced the fact that she was really 'losing it', Colas had become a slave to her own 'hobbies', from daily hair cutting to incessant inspections of her children's clothing for bloodstains. A shocking, hilarious, and enormously appealing account of a young woman struggling to gain control of her life, this is Emily Colas's expose of a soul tormented, but balanced by a buoyance of spirit and a piercing sense of humour that may be her saving grace.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9780671024383
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 177 g
Dimensions: 210 x 135 x 13 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
New York Magazine Hilarious, harrowing.
San Diego Union-Tribune Just Checking twitches with pain and pulses with insight....It's also so enjoyable, and so frequnetly laugh-out-loud hilarious, you'll feel guilty profiting from Colas' agony.
Dallas Morning News A wonderful little book....
Deseret News In the literature of mental illness, this one is destined to be a classic....Every worrier will recognize in Colas a true sister. Everyone who likes to laugh will be glad she was brave enough to tell this story on herself.
David Sedaris author of Naked Just Checking is, in turn, mysterious, agonizing, and terribly funny. Emily Colas writes with such skill and honesty that I can't help but wish she suffers a relapse. It's selfish, I know, but I want more.
Detroit News Intimate and revealing.
Booklist This anecdotal, first-person account of Colas' illness is highly readable and funny...One hopes that Colas will take up her pen again.
Kirkus Reviews A frank and funny first-person account of living with obsessive-compulsive disorder...With its unique patient's-eye view and perceptive honesty, a valuable contribution to the literature....
Martha Manning author of Undercurrents and Chasing Grace Everyone knows what it's like to worry. But for most people, it's not a twenty-four-hour occupation. Emily Colas draws readers into a world dominated by details -- a dangerous world in which kitchen utensils are instruments of deadly contamination, restaurant food is probably poisoned, and a tiny paper cut is potentially fatal. Through a series of vignettes she paints a compelling picture of a life dominated by compulsions and the worries that fuel them. If she'd left it there, Just Checking would be a valuable case study of a psychiatric illness. But Colas is a born storyteller, and a wickedly funny one at that. Just Checking is as hilarious as it is harrowing -- a combination that makes it an engaging and ultimately powerful book.
Java A terribly funny, sad, and deeply human account...Honesty is the key here, and it's Colas' ironic self-awareness that makes for such a refreshing read.

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“Honest Account”

'Just Checking' is a series of vignettes that are honest, startling, at times very funny yet also deeply emotional. Emily relates her journey through life, from incidents during childhood, to the present day... More

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17th March 2011
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