Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019 - BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY - 415 pages
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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

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"Rarely have I read a book that challenged me to see myself in an entirely new light, and was at the same time laugh-out-loud funny and utterly absorbing."--Katie Couric

"This is a daring, delightful, and transformative book."--Arianna Huffington, Founder, Huffington Post and Founder & CEO, Thrive Global

"Wise, warm, smart, and funny. You must read this book."--Susan Cain, New York Times best-selling author of Quiet

From a New York Times best-selling author, psychotherapist, and national advice columnist, a hilarious, thought-provoking, and surprising new book that takes us behind the scenes of a therapist's world--where her patients are looking for answers (and so is she).

One day, Lori Gottlieb is a therapist who helps patients in her Los Angeles practice. The next, a crisis causes her world to come crashing down. Enter Wendell, the quirky but seasoned therapist in whose of-fice she suddenly lands. With his balding head, cardigan, and khakis, he seems to have come straight from Therapist Central Casting. Yet he will turn out to be anything but.

As Gottlieb explores the inner chambers of her patients' lives -- a self-absorbed Hollywood producer, a young newlywed diagnosed with a terminal illness, a senior citizen threatening to end her life on her birthday if nothing gets better, and a twenty-something who can't stop hooking up with the wrong guys -- she finds that the questions they are struggling with are the very ones she is now bringing to Wendell.

With startling wisdom and humor, Gottlieb invites us into her world as both clinician and patient, examining the truths and fictions we tell ourselves and others as we teeter on the tightrope between love and desire, meaning and mortality, guilt and redemption, terror and courage, hope and change.

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone is rev-olutionary in its candor, offering a deeply per-sonal yet universal tour of our hearts and minds and providing the rarest of gifts: a boldly reveal-ing portrait of what it means to be human, and a disarmingly funny and illuminating account of our own mysterious lives and our power to transform them.
 

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User Review  - DanDiercks - LibraryThing

I must admit, I almost bailed on this book. The first 50 or so pages I thought it must be one of those book club books intended mainly for the book club demographic: women. I stayed with it, though ... Read full review

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User Review  - swbesecker - LibraryThing

I expected a funny book but got a deep one showing how human it is to be human. I was reminded of reading Man's Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl and the statement in that book talking about the ... Read full review

Contents

Part Two
117
Part Three
215
Part Four
325
Back Matter
413
Back Flap
417
Back Cover
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Spine
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About the author (2019)

LORI GOTTLIEB is a psychotherapist and the New York Times bestselling author of Marry Him and Stick Figure. A sought-after expert, she has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The CBS Early Show, MSNBC, and CNN, and writes The Atlantic's advice column, "Dear Therapist.

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