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Maybe You Should Talk to Someone
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed | Lori Gottlieb
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 therapists worldwhere 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. As Gottlieb explores the inner chambers of her patients livesa 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 cant stop hooking up with the wrong guysshe finds that the questions they are struggling with are the very ones she is now bringing to Wendell: about desire and need, guilt and redemption, meaning and mortality, loneliness and love. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone is revolutionary in its candor, pulling back the curtain on the therapeutic process and offering the rarest of gifts: an entertaining, illuminating, and quite possibly life-changing account of our own mysterious lives and our power to transform them. With humor and warmth, Gottlieb reveals the ultimate truth: we are all human, and we grow in connection with others.
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hes7
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Next week, @Emilymdxn is hosting a no-pressure readathon to celebrate one of the many great things about Litsy: widening our horizons! Check out her post for more details.

I learned quite a bit from the tagged book. Gottlieb definitely makes a convincing case for the benefits of therapy, and I find myself still considering what she wrote. Even though I rarely love nonfiction, it ended up as one of my 2019 favorites.

#widehorizonsreadathon

Scochrane26 I‘m reading this book next. Should be interesting since I‘m a therapist, too. 24h
Emilymdxn This book sounds so fantastic I‘ve been meaning to get to it for soooo long! 16h
AmyK1 This book is on my list too. I need to see if the library has it 😊 14h
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alvingregorio
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This is 95% of my job. Feels weird to read this RIGHT after work.

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Lindsy
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kaykay521
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This is a smart thought provoking peek into the life of one therapist, her process with her patients and how she deals when she needs the help of a therapist for herself. I found myself crying at some parts and laughing at others. A great read for anyone interested in the mental health field or anyone wanting to delve deeper into human emotion.

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JillA
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Illuminating book about humanity and therapy practices.

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1-10-20: My 2nd finished book of 2020! I loved every word of this book! And it was NOT a self help book, at all. 5⭐️ #maybeyoushouldtalktosomeone #lorigottlieb 👍🏼📖#️⃣2️⃣

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GidgetsTreasures75
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1-10-20: Home stretch!!! 📖👍🏼

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As a behavior analyst and someone who is in therapy,I thoroughly appreciated this book. Does a great job peeling back layers to the therapist-client relationship,
offering valuable insights to the reader.I would caution people who're in therapy & want to read this book—it might shatter your perception of your therapist,especially given that Lori does show a lot of of being a therapist one might not typically see/envision/want to think about.4/250

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Jeannineth
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Thought provoking so far.

rachelk I loved this book! 2w
NeedsMoreBooks That llama is so cute 🦙 2w
Jeannineth @rachelk it‘s a table runner I got from Hobby Lobby. Thanks 2w
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GidgetsTreasures75
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1-9-20: I think I love this book!!

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theshrinkette
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Also Littens, please meet my new reading buddy, Breeze. #catsoflitsy

Suet624 ❤️❤️❤️ 2w
MeganAnn 😻😻😻 2w
emtobiasz So cute!! 2w
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theshrinkette
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As a psych grad and a person in therapy, I'm really enjoying this book.

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GidgetsTreasures75
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1-8-20: Part 2. I‘m really enjoying this book! 📖

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GidgetsTreasures75
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1-7-20: Here we go! 📖👏🏼

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LiteraryinLititz
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Well worth your time! This compassionate book lived up to its hype for me. I found it meaningful and reassuring in the sense that Gottlieb eloquently talked about the things that we all think about and that make us human. I enjoyed dipping in and out of her conversations with her own patients and her sessions with her therapist. It was vulnerable but also wise and at times funny. Anyone in therapy or living in the world would benefit from a read.

NerdyRev This was such a great book. Thanks for your review! 3w
Prairiegirl_reading I‘ve heard so much about this book lately and all of it is good! 3w
LiteraryinLititz This was my first book of 2020! 3w
BennettBookworm “Anyone living in the world” ☺️ 1w
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Erynecki
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Wow. This book had it all: honesty, introspection, laugh out loud moments, and tears. A therapist offers her own journey and several amazing parallels from her own clients‘ stories. The author reveals her vulnerabilities, her humanity, and what we see, learn, and understand from one another. So much wisdom in this book that is disarmingly funny and heartwarming.

Megabooks Great review!! 3w
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Sharpeipup
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Started this on New Year‘s Day & gulped it down. 2020 is off to a great start!
#firstbookoftheyear

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Sharpeipup
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#lastfirst @BookNAround
What a great question!
2019 Royal Holiday
2020 Maybe you should talk to someone

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danibel

Study after study shows that the most important factor in the success of your treatment is your relationship with the therapist, your experience of “feeling felt.” This matters more than the therapist‘s training, the kind of therapy they do, or what type of problem you have.

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Currently reading

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nelehelen
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5/5
I absolutely loved this! Insightful, funny and heartbreaking, this book does an excellent job of showing the perspectives of a therapist and a client. And as someone who has been to therapy (and believes wholeheartedly in it), this book reminded me how important it is to be honest and kind to myself. For those interested in learning about therapy or even a little bit about themselves, this book is for you. Really, everyone should read it.

Sharpeipup I just picked this up from the library & hope to start it soon! Especially after your review... 1mo
nelehelen @Sharpeipup hope you like it as much as i did!!! 1mo
Reggie John Julie Charlotte Rita....😭😭😭 1mo
nelehelen @Reggie omg yessss! Alllll the feels for them 1mo
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Hi everyone 👋 it‘s been a while. Thanks for all my cards I‘m afraid it‘s been a busy tough month and I failed miserably to do the same. I have however been slowly working my way through this fantastic book. It‘s raw and powerful and has given me much to think about. Talk about right book at the right time ! Recommend fully!

TrishB This is on my horizon for the new year, been waiting for a cheap copy! Hope you manage to get a break. 1mo
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💥Tagged book was very good/ still thinking about it 6 months later
💥Anywhere where I get natural sunlight ☀️I prefer daytime reading
💥Holidays reminds me of the people I‘m missing most/ got 2 signs this week 💕#LoveFromAbove
💥Baby Yoda

4thhouseontheleft This is one of my book club‘s picks for next year! 1mo
Cinfhen It‘s excellent and will make for fantastic discussion @4thhouseontheleft 1mo
Sace My old eyes prefer daytime reading! 👀 1mo
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KarenUK Love this book too... picked it for my own bookclub also @4thhouseontheleft @cinfhen 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Aww the signs..❤️ 1mo
Crazeedi ❤ your answers, and yes the ones we miss the most 💔 have a beautiful holiday Cindy 1mo
Cinfhen Thanks so much, Diane xx Happy Holidays to you @Crazeedi 1mo
Cinfhen Thanks, @erzascarletbookgasm 💕💕 1mo
TrishB I miss my Mum so much this time of year, even if she did drive me to distraction!! And I‘m waiting for a cheap version of this book as it‘s been recommended lots of times! 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Okay, stacking this book! 🙈 Happy Christmas, Cindy, love & peace to you and your family! ❤️ 1mo
Cinfhen Niki was complaining about her boyfriend‘s mom being so annoying and I told her to be glad to have someone who cares so much @TrishB because one day you‘ll be missing them and wishing the time back 1mo
Cinfhen Do U celebrate Christmas @erzascarletbookgasm if so Merry Christmas 🎄🎁 Joy, health, happiness and love to you and all those dear to you, Jessie😘😘 1mo
TrishB I can see both sides of that one! One side cones with age. 1mo
Kalalalatja This is my fave of the year, only tied with Normal People. I‘m thinking of rereading it as an audio pretty soon. It was just so good 🙌 1mo
Cinfhen I did the audio @Kalalalatja and it was SO SO GOOD 😊 1mo
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Bookishlie

Wasn‘t feeling the Steele so am giving this a go instead since it‘s a library loan.....

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Readage
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• Recent library haul of goodies. Any thoughts or recs? May not get to any of them but I still can't leave the library without at least 10 books 😬 •

#happyholidays #librarylove #libraryloot #librarylends #TBR #nonfiction #hardcovers

IndoorDame I just read maybe you should talk to someone and I loved it! It‘s really smart writing and I totally connected with it emotionally 1mo
Readage @IndoorDame Thanks for the recommendation 😁 Glad you enjoyed it; it's the one I want to read the most 1mo
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Readage @Megabooks Glad to hear it 🙂 thanks; I've heard good things 👍 1mo
Megabooks I‘ve read Chung‘s book too but it was just a so-so. 1mo
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This is the best book I‘ve read in months. There isn‘t exactly one plot line running through this, so I‘m surprised it kept my interest as much as it did, but I read this surprisingly quickly. There‘s a real simplicity to this that gets to the heart of her characters and made this really resonate for me.
#TBRRead #wintergames #jingleballers @FantasyChick @StayCurious @Clwojick

FantasyChick Sounds interesting! 16pts 2mo
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“There‘s something like able in everyone.”

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"There's no hierarchy of pain. Suffering shouldn't be ranked, because pain is not a contest. Spouses often forget this, upping the ante on their suffering ... Whose pain wins or loses?"
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Lori gives us an honest, intimate look at therapy from both sides of the chair. I liked her narration and writing style. I walked away with a better understanding of the purposes of therapy...including the discovery of meaning within ourselves.
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Some truth nuggets:
"People tend to dream without doing, death remaining theoretical."
"The opposite of depression isn't happiness, but vitality." - Andrew Solomon
"We marry our unfinished business."
"Do I want counseling (advice) or self-understanding (therapy)?"
"Every laugh and good time that comes my way feels ten times better than before I knew such sadness."
"The future is hope ... But where's the hope if you already know what happens?" ⬇️

Chab256 ...we talk to ourselves more than we'll talk to any other person over the course of our lives, but that our words aren't always kind or true or helpful - or even respectful. Most of what we say to ourselves we'd never say to people we love." 2mo
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My first #decemberread! I loved it so much! As an aspiring mental health professional, I found it very relatable and influential. I felt every type of emotion when reading it. It stayed extremely interesting. I loved the variety of stories in it. It has helped me to acknowledge the importance of therapy and mental health more prominently. It's one of my fav reads ever!

Booktastic I liked it too, and I listened to her on a couple of podcasts and enjoyed hearing her talk about the book as well as other things. 2mo
ilyssa.g @Booktastic That's awesome! I have to listen to her on podcasts then! 2mo
Booktastic @ilyssa.g I heard her on Dax Shepard's podcast. She was also on Terrible, Thanks For Asking talking mostly about the story of her female patient with cancer. 2mo
ilyssa.g @Booktastic Thanks for the info! 2mo
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With participating in (and “winning”!) #NaNoWriMo this month, I didn‘t expect to get much reading done. But I surprised myself with a great reading month!! I had three ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ reads: Maybe You Should Talk to Someone; Fleishman is in Trouble; Conversations with Friends. I also enjoyed Inheritance and Guts.

#novemberwrapup #novemberreads #monthlywrapup

wanderinglynn Congrats on winning NaNo! 🎉🙌🏻🥳 2mo
thebluestocking @wanderinglynn Thank you!!! It‘s my first time winning. 💙 2mo
wanderinglynn That‘s even more awesome! Mega-congrats! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
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TK-421 Congratulations! 👏👏👏 2mo
BarbaraBB What is NaNo? Congrats anyway and you‘ve had a great reading month too. I M happy you loved Conversations! I‘m starting Fleishman soon too. 2mo
Redwritinghood 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
thebluestocking @TK-421 Thanks! 💙 2mo
thebluestocking @BarbaraBB It‘s an international event where you try to write 50,000 words of a novel during the month of November. 💙 2mo
BarbaraBB And you won? That is wonderful!! 2mo
thebluestocking @BarbaraBB I did! 😊 Thank you. I‘ve participated several times, but this was the first time I reached 50K. 💙 2mo
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I was enthralled by this book from beginning to end. The writing drew me in and the subject matter kept me reading. Part personal memoir and part work memoir, Gottlieb weaves the different strands together skillfully to create not only a look at therapy but also of human struggle and success.

Reviewsbylola This book really made me curious about talk therapy. 2mo
thebluestocking @Reviewsbylola Me too. A fascinating world. 💙 2mo
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I FINISHED IT.

And it‘s probably going to be my favorite book of 2019. Lori Gottlieb shares about life, therapy, and understanding ourselves in a way that is insightful, humorous, and so very human. I don‘t often enjoy nonfiction, but this is one I loved and recommend.

Now, to convince the library that I didn‘t actually lose its book... 🤦🏼‍♀️

Kalalalatja It is my fave of the year, too! 2mo
Cinfhen It was soooooo good!!!!! 2mo
Megabooks I cried. I laughed. I loved. 2mo
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As a therapist I wasn‘t sure how I was going to like this book. I absolutely loved it. More people need to talk about therapy and reduce the stigma around it. This book does exactly that. It‘s also a reminder to my therapist friends that we need self care too and therapy is a great way to take care of ourselves. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Megabooks I enjoyed it as someone who has been through therapy, but was unsure whether to recommend to a friend who is an LCSW therapist. Based on your review, I‘ll recommend it to her. Thanks! 2mo
TamTracy @Megabooks Yes! I‘m a supervisor and I‘m recommending it to all my staff members. 2mo
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This was a funny but revealing look at the therapist/patient relationship. Gottlieb did a great job of illustrating the dance that occurs in this most unique of relationships. Having been both a therapist and patient these stories made me laugh out loud! #TIL I need to question what my therapist really thinks about me! 😝

KathyWheeler Two of the stories in here made me almost ugly-cry, and I‘m not much of a cryer. 2mo
Come-read-with-me @KathyWheeler You‘re right. I cry at the drop of a hat and have been reading some truly challenging (for me) things this month. I was trying to focus on the positive, but you are 100% correct about the ugly-cry. Excellent point! 2mo
KathyWheeler @Come-read-with-me Oh, it‘s funny too. I loved that about this book - - I both truly laughed out loud and cried. 2mo
Twainy I have this audiobook ... I reallly want to get to it! 🤗 2mo
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“We tend to think the future happens later, but we‘re creating it in our minds everyday. When the present falls apart, so does the future we had associated with it. And having the future taken away is the mother of all plot twists.”

Fridameetslucy The mother of all plot twists - what a great line! 2mo
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Oh, I loved this one. Gottlieb was a writer before she was a psychotherapist, and she definitely knows how to weave her story. After a break-up Gottlieb starts going to therapy herself, and writes honestly about her experiences with patients and her own therapist. I laughed a little, cried a little, and saw myself a little. And recommended it to my therapist today.

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Reviewsbylola Great book! 2mo
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Bevita
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Loved it, couldn‘t be more timely. I wish I could keep her many insights in my head. The rare book that I wish I had bought.

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Lori Gottlieb's Maybe You Should Talk to Someone is so, so good. It did all the things: it made me think, it made me laugh, and oh my, was there plenty of crying. I heard Gottlieb in an interview with Roxane Coady on @justtherightbook podcast, which put the book firmly on my radar. Gottlieb (both in the interview AND in this memoir) is funny and self deprecating and really honest. (continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod Her vulnerability in discussing her own therapy sessions after a horrible breakup and her earnest desire to help her own patients really connected with me as a reader. She clearly is insightful and is meant to do this work--I loved watching her build relationships with her patients but also, when it was appropriate, pull back from situations that weren't productive. Gottlieb focuses on four patients: ⬇️ 3mo
UnabridgedPod a raging narcissist, an elderly woman trying to find hope in her future and to accept her traumatic past, a young woman diagnosed with terminal cancer, and a young woman who is self sabotaging at every turn. Some of these individuals, at first, seem beyond help at first, and yet Gottlieb is able to find great affection for each, to move past their initial, presenting problems to find the real causes of their conditions. ⬇️ 3mo
UnabridgedPod At the same time, Gottlieb shows how easily the therapist can manifest the same conditions as her patients as she works with her therapist Wendell.⠀

I was absolutely captivated by Gottlieb's story, which moves between these five relationships and her own history, which moved from a career in Hollywood to a decision to pursue psychotherapy. Just an amazing piece of nonfiction!
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Cinfhen Wonderful review and agree with you 💯 3mo
UnabridgedPod @Cinfhen Thank you! 💜 3mo
Reggie Ooof, every time I came back from break at work reading this there would be tears in my eyes. Omg, Julie, Rita, Jon, and Charlotte...😭❤️ 3mo
mcctrish I can‘t really believe how many levels this book is awesome on 3mo
UnabridgedPod @Reggie I know! I came to love them all so much. 3mo
UnabridgedPod @mcctrish Absolutely!! 3mo
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A cold crappy Saturday = Frankie snuggles and books! #catsoflitsy

Sace That face! Haughty derision! 3mo
JenlovesJT47 😻😻😻 3mo
peaknit I‘d love to snuggle with this guy😻 3mo
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JenReadsAlot @peaknit he is a great snuggler! He really loves to at 5am 😆 3mo
peaknit @JenReadsAlot hey, that‘s my usual wake up, send him over! 😊 3mo
BethM Is this the kitty you were talking about this summer?! 3mo
JenReadsAlot @BethM Yes!! He is so awesome! 3mo
BethM He‘s so freaking cute! 3mo
JenReadsAlot @BethM thanks! 3mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️💫
The writing and the stories of all these people kept my attention because you get to see all of them grow and even the therapist seeing a therapist grew. The book went into detail about therapy and how we interact.
I learned to think things out before reacting.
Overall I give this one a 3.5 and please go into it in the right head space because there is talks of death, cancer, grief, suicide, depression and so much more. #bookreview #botm

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Pumpkin spice cold brew and book this Saturday morning! @swishandflick it's so yummy!

MoonWitch94 Omg it‘s my new favorite 4mo
JenReadsAlot @MoonWitch94 my first and not my last! 4mo
peaknit What did you think of this book? Just added it to my holds list. 4mo
JenReadsAlot @peaknit I'm about half way and think it's pretty good so far. 4mo
swishandflick YES! 🎃 4mo
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‘Maybe You Should Talk to Someone‘ 5⭐️
‘Burnout‘ 3 1/2⭐️
‘The Mothers‘ 3 1/2⭐️
‘The Female Persuasion‘ 3 1/2 ⭐️
‘Men Without Women‘ 4⭐️

Looks like I was drawn to bright colors this month! #WrapUp #SeptemberWrapUp

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#septemberwrapup

A fun month of reading!
Easy favorite was the tagged non-fiction book.... A ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read!
No bails, a couple of fantastic cookbooks, and a re-read of ‘Island of Sea Women‘ for a bookclub.
My favorite fiction was ‘Very Nice‘ though the last few pages let it down.

Texreader Nicely done! 4mo
Lindy Lovely mix of reading! 4mo
MrsMalaprop I just finished a book about psychotherapy too. Stacked this one 👍. 4mo
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I think this will be in my top 5 for this yr, which for someone who rarely reads Non-Fic, is saying something! I absolutely loved it. I laughed, I was fascinated, I was moved to tears. As Roger Ebert once said about movies, I feel the same about books, they are ‘empathy machines‘. This book was so full of empathy, human spirit, and was written with such warmth. I couldn‘t have loved it more. Can‘t wait to talk about it with my bookclub next year.

Megabooks Totally agree! 4mo
Cinfhen I knew you would LOVE this one!!! Lori is amazing and some of her patient‘s stories were so emotional 😭😭 😭 4mo
Kalalalatja Great review! 4mo
JennyM I‘m fully with you. Loved this one ☝️ 4mo
Avanders I agree -- it's a super duper pick for me! ❤ 4mo
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I am loving this one sooooo much!
I literally left 15 minutes early for work, so I could listen for longer in the car! 😂

emilyhaldi My friend just told me about this!!! Definitely going to be my next audiobook 😃 4mo
Kalalalatja My favourite book of the year! 4mo
KarenUK @Kalalalatja I can see why! I loved it so much..... 💕 4mo
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