Maybe You Should Talk to Someone - Lori Gottlieb Book

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Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

Coming 4/2/19

A disarmingly funny, thought-provoking, and boldly revealing new book that shows us what it means to be human.

“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
Award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author of The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives

“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

“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.

Advanced Praise

"Some people are great writers, and other people are great therapists. Lori Gottlieb is, astoundingly, both. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone is about the wonder of being human: how none of us is immune from struggle, and how we can grow into ourselves and escape our emotional prisons. 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
Award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author of The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives

This is a daring, delightful, and transformative book. Lori Gottlieb takes us inside the most intimate of encounters as both clinician and patient and leaves us with a surprisingly fresh understanding of ourselves, one another, and the human condition. Her willingness to expose her own blind spots along with her patients’ shows us firsthand that we aren’t alone in our struggles and that maybe we should talk more about them. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone is funny, hopeful, wise, and engrossing—all at the same time.”
Arianna Huffington
Founder, Huffington Post and Founder & CEO, Thrive Global

"Here are some people who might benefit from Lori Gottlieb’s illuminating new book: Therapists, people who have been in therapy, people who have been in relationships, people who have experienced emotions. In other words, everyone. Her story is funny, enlightening, and radically honest. It merits far more than 50 minutes of your time."
A.J. Jacobs
New York Times bestselling author of The Year of Living Biblically

"Shrinks, they're just like us—at least in Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, the heartfelt memoir by therapist Lori Gottlieb. Warm, funny, and engaging (no poker-faced clinician here), Gottlieb not only gives us an unvarnished look at her patients' lives, but also her own. The result is the most relatable portrait of a therapist I've yet encountered."
Susannah Cahalan
New York Times bestselling author of Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

"With wisdom and humanity, Lori Gottlieb invites us into her consulting room, and her therapist's. There, readers will share in one of the best-kept secrets of being a clinician: when we bear witness to change, we also change, and when we are present as others find meaning in their lives, we also discover more in our own."
Lisa Damour, Ph.D.
New York Times bestselling author of Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions Into Adulthood
"Maybe You Should Talk to Someone is a fascinating exploration of what happens in therapy—but it’s also a broader illumination of what we’re looking for from one another all the time: curiosity, patience, the humility of sustained attention, the willingness to stay present for another person's pain. 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

"I’ve been reading books about psychotherapy for over a half century, but never have I encountered a book like Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: so bold and brassy, so packed with good stories, so honest, deep and riveting. I intended to read a chapter or two but ended up reading and relishing every word."
Irvin Yalom MD
Professor emeritus of psychiatry at Stanford University and bestselling author of Love’s Executioner and The Gift of Therapy

"If you have even an ounce of interest in the therapeutic process, or in the conundrum of being human, you must read this book. It is wise, warm, smart, and funny, and Lori Gottlieb is exceedingly good company."
Susan Cain
New York Times bestselling author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking

"Maybe You Should Talk to Someone is ingenious, inspiring, tender, and funny. Lori Gottlieb bravely takes her readers on a guided tour into the self, showing us the therapeutic process from both sides of the couch—as both therapist and patient. I cheered for her breakthroughs, as if they were my own! This is the best book I've ever read about the life-changing possibilities of talk therapy."
Amy Dickinson
"Ask Amy" advice columnist and New York Times bestselling author of Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things

"I was sucked right in to these vivid, funny, illuminating stories of humans trying to climb their way out of hiding, overcome self-defeating habits, and wake up to their own strength. This book is so insightful, and compassionate, and rich, and taught me a lot about myself. Gottlieb has captured something profound about the struggle, and the miracle, of human connection."
Sarah Hepola
New York Times bestselling author of Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget

Press

“Written with grace, humor, wisdom, and compassion… a heartwarming journey of self-discovery.” – Library Journal

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"[Gottlieb] is funny and warm and it's interesting and so validating about universal components of the human experience... I think it's going to be a big book!"
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