“An irresistibly addictive tour of the human condition.”Kirkus, starred review
“This is a daring, delightful, and transformative book.”Arianna Huffington
Founder, Huffington Post and Founder & CEO, Thrive Global
“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
“Wise, warm, smart, and funny… If you have even an ounce of interest in the conundrum of being human, you must read this book.”Susan Cain
New York Times bestselling author of Quiet
“Gottlieb is an utterly compelling narrator: funny, probing, surprising, savvy, vulnerable. She pays attention to the small stuff—the box of tissues and the Legos in the carpet—as she honors the more expansive mysteries of our wild, aching hearts.”Leslie Jamison
New York Times bestselling author of The Empathy Exams and The Recovering
“Ingenious, inspiring, tender, and funny. Lori Gottlieb bravely takes her readers on a guided tour into the self.” —Amy Dickinson, “Ask Amy” columnist and author of Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things
Every year, nearly 30 million Americans sit on a therapist’s couch—and some of these patients are therapists. In her remarkable new book, Lori Gottlieb tells us that despite her license and rigorous training, her most significant credential is that she’s a card-carrying member of the human race. “I know what it’s like to be a person,” she writes, as 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 (even one from the waiting room)—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 reveals our blind spots, 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.
Thrilled to be in the company of Oprah, Melinda Gates, Toni Morrison, and Maria Popova.