Scott Stossel, the managing editor of The Atlantic Monthly who oversaw the magazine’s 2005 move from Boston to Washington, D.C., has sold a book about his anxiety disorder to Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House.
According to Knopf publicity director Paul Bogaards, Mr. Stossel’s book will recount his personal experiences with anxiety disorder—from which he has suffered his whole life—and provide a the history of the condition through the ages. Mr. Bogaards said much of the book will be written in the first person, a departure for Mr. Stossel, whose last book was a biography of Sargent Shriver.
Martin Asher, editor-in-chief of Vintage and Anchor (both Random House imprints) acquired the book last night on a preempt from Scott Moyers at the Wylie Agency, according to Mr. Bogaards.
It is unclear whether Mr. Stossel—who could not be reached for comment–will be taking time off from The Atlantic to write the book.