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

August 14, 2019 - Comment

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!Now being developed as a television series with Eva Longoria and ABC!*An O, The Oprah Magazine’s Best Nonfiction Book of 2019*  *A People Magazine Book of the Week**An Apple Best Books Pick for April**An April IndieNext Pick**A Book of the Month Club Selection**A Publishers Marketplace Buzz Book**A Newsday, Apple iBooks, Thrive Global, Refinery29, and Book Riot Most Anticipated Book of

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!Now being developed as a television series with Eva Longoria and ABC!*An O, The Oprah Magazine’s Best Nonfiction Book of 2019*  *A People Magazine Book of the Week*
*An Apple Best Books Pick for April*
*An April IndieNext Pick*
*A Book of the Month Club Selection*
*A Publishers Marketplace Buzz Book*
*A Newsday, Apple iBooks, Thrive Global, Refinery29, 
and Book Riot Most Anticipated Book of 2019*

“An irresistibly addictive tour of the human condition.”–Kirkus, starred review

“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 bestselling 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 of­fice 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 rev­olutionary in its candor, offering a deeply per­sonal yet universal tour of our hearts and minds and providing the rarest of gifts: a boldly reveal­ing 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. An Amazon Best Book of April 2019: I didn’t quite know how to take it when a publishing friend excitedly thrust a copy of celebrated psychotherapist Lori Gottlieb’s Maybe You Should Talk to Someone into my hands and exclaimed: “Erin, this is a book for you!” (Did I mention a couple colleagues were present and did not receive the same recommendation? The same colleagues who were just then nodding?). But I’m so glad he did. Giving the reader a behind-the-scenes peek from both sides of the couch, it’s a witty, relatable, moving homage to therapy—and just being human. While therapists are required to see a counselor themselves as part of their training, Gottlieb enlists an experienced ear when an unexpected breakup lays her flat. Working through her issues with the enigmatic “Wendell” helps Gottlieb process her pain, but it also hones her professional skills; after all, a good therapist possesses the ability to empathize with their patients (four of whom she chronicles in funny, frustrating, heartbreaking and profoundly inspiring detail). Like Gottlieb, you will see yourselves in them–in all their self-sabotaging, misunderstood, unlucky, and evolutionary glory. So, for those of you thinking: self-help books are just not my jam…They aren’t mine either (trust me, my woo-woo detector is very sensitive). But Maybe You Should Talk to Someone is so much more expansive than that. Everybody, this is a book for you. –Erin Kodicek, Amazon Book Review

Comments

Anonymous says:

Love Wins Maybe You Should Talk to Someone is the wrong title for Lori Gottlieb’s fine memoir about her life and work as a therapist. I suggest instead, Love Wins. On the bottom of the book jacket we find: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed, which I would continue to include on the cover of the book. Special note: I discuss two of Lori’s many patients, Julie and John. Some readers may wish to avoid reading about them in my review and wait instead until Lori introduces them in her…

Anonymous says:

Advance praise well deserved I have so many books to read and it took me too long to get to this one. Big mistake. It’s WONDERFUL. One of the best books I’ve read in ages. I was hooked from the first page. The book is so eminently readable I could have devoured it quickly. Instead I chose to savor it. The author, Lori Gottlieb has a delightfully conversational style of writing, yet she gets to the point and doesn’t waste words. I found this book fascinating, from the perspective of someone who has had therapy in the past…

Anonymous says:

Honest and Life-Changing Beautifully written. Gottlieb is a wonderful storyteller. It’s honest, heart-wrenching, laugh-out-loud funny, enlightening, and ultimately uplifting.Detailing the processes and methods of guiding her patients through their sometimes-awkward and oftentimes-stalled personal growth – while experiencing stumbling blocks and personal confusion in her own life – Gottleib’s insightful book also helps the reader become aware of his or her own obstacles and strengths.The flow is…

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