☆☆➹⁀☆ 5 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆
About the Book:
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.
The title of Lori Gottlieb’s book caught my attention, but it wasn’t until a college alumni book group picked it up that I started reading it. The title made me think comedy, and when I finally read the synopsis, I was surprised at how dry the book sounded. Fortunately, it is filled with dry humor, wit, emotions and eye-opening therapy sessions.
Ms. Gottlieb is a therapist, and when a surprising break up leads her to a therapist’s couch, she not only works out her own issues, but gets some valuable insight in how to work with her patients. Whether it was Gottlieb or one of her patients, each character’s issues are highly relatable. They might not be wholly likable, but eventually they tell their story and you relate to their behavior and empathize with their issues.
The story toggles between Lori’s sessions with her therapist, Wendell, and recounting the sessions with her various patients. Particularly notable patients are John, the acerbic TV producer and Julie, the brilliant teacher turned cancer patient and Trader Joes cashier. The raw honesty and vulnerability of each patient’s experience really makes this book come alive.
If you’ve ever “talked to someone” or have a friend or family member who has, you’ll find this book relatable and enlightening. If not, maybe it will get you thinking about yourself and whether or not therapy would help you. Either way, hopefully, Ms. Gottlieb’s book will reduce the stigma surrounding the need to “talk to someone”. If nothing else, it is a heartfelt and thought-provoking book.
Excellently narrated by: Brittany Pressley
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