Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: by Lori Gottlieb

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed
by Lori Gottlieb: 2019
Read by Brittany Pressley: 14h 21m Rating: 7.5 / memoir/self-help 

I only read this book because I bought it in an impulse by when it was on a 2-for-1 sale at Audible. I don’t know why but it didn’t sound too bad.   That said,  you’ll notice I gave the book an A- rating – not too shabby there.  

I outgrew self-help books many years ago,  but I do enjoy a good memoir.  In the sample the voice of the narrator was good and it landed in my check-out basket.  I like to get sale books for when I’m between good books and either too sated to read another one or I’m in an actual reading slump and can’t decide on my next one.  

And I’ve been in therapy myself which was quite successful, imo.  I could relate to much of how Gottlieb’s sessions went and what she was trying to do for her clients as well as what was happening to her personally.  She has a personal problem and sees a therapist herself.  

My expectations for these sale books aren’t very high.  A rating of B would probably be about right.  Gottleib’s book surprised me.  It’s not a debut book – she wrote a well-received book of the same genre about 10 years ago and she’s a psychotherapist, the author of magazine articles. 

I picked it up once and put it down for awhile – bored.  But then something stirred and after finishing The House on Mango Street I was ready for another piece of easy-reading – and this hit the spot then.   

Gottleib has many kinds of clients with different kinds of issues.  One young woman is dying. One guy is married, loves his wife but is having troubles with his own grief – no wonder.   One woman is having problems with booze and men.  One woman feels like her life is over and it was not worth the effort, very disappointing.  But the author has her own issues and her own therapist -at the outset of the book it’s break-up problems but she also has a child, a past, friends, the usual but with twists.   

The book is funny at times, insightful at other times.  It got a long list of review blurbs on Amazon. I can’t say as I really learned anything new but it’s always good to review some of it and it was interesting reading about this from a therapist’s point of view.  It’s good.  

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