Patty Chang Anker

Patty Chang Anker

Patty Chang Anker ( is the author of SOME NERVE: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave (Riverhead Books, 2013) a memoir about facing her fears and helping others to do the same, which Parents Magazine calls a "Mom Must Read," featured in "Books that will Make You More Happy, Confident and Spontaneous" and is a finalist for a Books for A Better Life Award. Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) calls Some Nerve "a compelling story of everyday courage — one that is sure to touch and help countless other people like her, like me, like all of us who have made worry into an art form. She proves that it’s not too late, that we can truly change ourselves and enlarge our worlds as a result.” In researching Some Nerve Anker interviewed dozens of experts ranging from therapists to teachers, coaches to clergy about how to manage anxiety.

Patty Chang Anker is also the blogger behind Facing Forty Upside Down, for which she was named a Good Housekeeping "Blogger We Love" and a Circle of Moms "Top 25 Funny Mom." As a yoga teacher she incorporates stress reduction and relaxation techniques whenever possible in her writing. Her work has appeared in magazines and websites including Marie Claire and iVillage, and she is a sought after workshop/retreat leader and a frequent guest on radio programs. 

She lives in Westchester, NY with her husband and two daughters.

Author of

Some Nerve

Compelling stories of ordinary people overcoming everyday fears. Interviews with therapists, coaches, teachers on ways of becoming brave. And an invitation to join the #SomeNerve Challenge to face your own fears. Hosted by Patty Chang Anker, author of the book SOME NERVE and the award-winning blog "Facing Forty Upside Down."

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