Courtenay Hameister

Michael McCrary

You see them everywhere. Maybe you are one yourself. Fearful people whose stomachs hurt, who second-guess every opportunity, and for whom stain-resistant Dockers are the norm. Tonight, Courtenay Hameister — formerly one of those pathetic cowering wretches herself — discusses Okay Fine Whatever: The Year I Went From Being Afraid of Everything to Only Being Afraid of Most Things ($26, Little, Brown & Company). When she hit her 40s, she actively decided to take a year to triumph over all the things that constantly scared, frightened and terrified her — not the least of them being public speaking like this.

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