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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
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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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BookInMyHands
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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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Chab256
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Reviewsbylola Great book! 23h
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Bevita
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Pickpick

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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UnabridgedPod
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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: ⬇️ 2w
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. ⬇️ 2w
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 💯 2w
UnabridgedPod @Cinfhen Thank you! 💜 2w
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...😭❤️ 2w
mcctrish I can‘t really believe how many levels this book is awesome on 1w
UnabridgedPod @Reggie I know! I came to love them all so much. 1w
UnabridgedPod @mcctrish Absolutely!! 1w
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JenReadsAlot
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A cold crappy Saturday = Frankie snuggles and books! #catsoflitsy

Sace That face! Haughty derision! 1mo
JenlovesJT47 😻😻😻 1mo
peaknit I‘d love to snuggle with this guy😻 1mo
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JenReadsAlot @peaknit he is a great snuggler! He really loves to at 5am 😆 1mo
peaknit @JenReadsAlot hey, that‘s my usual wake up, send him over! 😊 1mo
BethM Is this the kitty you were talking about this summer?! 1mo
JenReadsAlot @BethM Yes!! He is so awesome! 1mo
BethM He‘s so freaking cute! 1mo
JenReadsAlot @BethM thanks! 1mo
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Mrsgarrisonreads
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️💫
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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JenReadsAlot
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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 1mo
JenReadsAlot @MoonWitch94 my first and not my last! 1mo
peaknit What did you think of this book? Just added it to my holds list. 1mo
JenReadsAlot @peaknit I'm about half way and think it's pretty good so far. 1mo
swishandflick YES! 🎃 1mo
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rachelk
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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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KarenUK
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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! 2mo
Lindy Lovely mix of reading! 2mo
MrsMalaprop I just finished a book about psychotherapy too. Stacked this one 👍. 2mo
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KarenUK
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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! 2mo
Cinfhen I knew you would LOVE this one!!! Lori is amazing and some of her patient‘s stories were so emotional 😭😭 😭 2mo
Kalalalatja Great review! 2mo
JennyM I‘m fully with you. Loved this one ☝️ 2mo
Avanders I agree -- it's a super duper pick for me! ❤ 2mo
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KarenUK
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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 😃 2mo
Kalalalatja My favourite book of the year! 2mo
KarenUK @Kalalalatja I can see why! I loved it so much..... 💕 2mo
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paulareadsallthetime
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Listened while traveling

IvoryLunatic What did you think? I‘ve been considering getting it. 2mo
paulareadsallthetime It was good. Entertaining. 2mo
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Writeme
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So good. Really. Whether you are in therapy or not. Such a beautiful, affirming memoir.

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Avanders
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That Moment When...

the book you‘re listening to makes you look up masters and PhD programs and consider a mid-life career change....

marleed I can‘t wait to get to this! 2mo
KarenUK Listening right now and loving it! 2mo
stephothebesto I did the same! ...it takes a long time 2mo
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Christine Well then! Impressive. 2mo
Reggie I had to stop reading this at work because I was literally sobbing during lunch. Sooooo good!!! 2mo
Avanders @marleed it‘s such a *comfort* to read, somehow... 🤷🏽‍♀️😘 @karenuk yay! 😁😘 @stephothebesto it does... but I‘m trying to see if I can skip a step... 😆🥰 @Christine I agree... she is *quite* a good writer! ☺️♥️ @Reggie lol I can imagine!! She hits on so many things ... all the feels! 🥰♥️ 2mo
BethM In WI there‘s a bridge program from your degree to a SW one- if you‘re serious check that route. 2mo
Avanders @BethM ...a SW one? I will look into bridge programs... it almost seems like our local U might allow me to go for my PhD/PsyD without having a masters (maybe bc I have a JD?). I‘m kind of serious. I ... want to be serious. 😁 I am not sure I can currently *afford* to be serious.. which is why “looking into it” is right up my alley 😁 2mo
BethM Yeah idk about your state but a social work one will get you therapist certified in WI. If you want psychologist then you need the PhD/PsyD but regular therapist or counselor can be accomplished a few other ways and they can still diagnosis (in WI). And yeah I would think most anywhere would allow your JD to count and go right into a PhD program. I hear ya on the cost- it‘s why I stopped with my masters. I looked at PsyD programs and forensic 👇 2mo
BethM Psychology PhD programs. You want a super interesting field forensic psych is fascinating. 2mo
Avanders Ooh thanks!! That‘s all very helpful information. I had decided I wanted to be a lawyer when I was 6... (sure, insert eye-roll here 😜), so I‘ve never really looked into much else 🤭🤭😬 Thanks lady! 😘♥️ 2mo
BethM No problem! Let me know if you have other questions. Not sure how helpful I‘d be but 🤷‍♀️ (edited) 2mo
Avanders @BethM will do! You‘re already way more well-versed in all this than I am 😁😘 2mo
Chrissyreadit I am getting my second Masters in Licensed Professional Counseling and many of my co workers are licensed Social Workers if you want info in either direction. I was not able to skip the second masters and go straight to PhD even though my first masters is almost identical- but maybe this is a WV board thing. I have been cranky about it for many reasons. But there are several online programs- I am happy to chat with you about the info I have . 2mo
Avanders @Chrissyreadit ooh, the board things.. that‘s a good place to check too! Man that‘s crazy rigorous requiring the very specific masters in order to allow you to proceed! I can see why you‘ve been cranky! If/when I look further, I‘ll hit you up for info 😉 Thanks!! ♥️♥️♥️ 2mo
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rachelk
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1. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone 📖
2. Pumpkin Spice 🎃
3. “I have a secret.” 🤫

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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Maria514626
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1. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone. The Nakano Thrift Shop. The Bookish Life of Nina Hill.
2. Maple 🍁
3. I am about to become Wendell‘s newest patient.
#weekendreads
Thanks, @rachelsbrittain 👏 ☀️

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rachelk
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Morning book & coffee — I‘m really enjoying this one! fascinating 📖☕️

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Kalalalatja
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Congrats on your milestone @GrilledCheeseSamurai and thanks for doing an awesome giveaway 🙌

My favourite read of the year will probably end up being the tagged book. I‘m still wow‘ed by it, and keep thinking about it!

And I must admit, I have been rather bad at keeping up with new littens and new followers (sorry), but I do want to give a shout out to a fellow Dane @Henrik_Madsen 👋

#SixDigitSamurai

BarbaraBB Ah @Henrik_Madsen! I ‘know‘ him from LibraryThing and the #1001books! 2mo
GrilledCheeseSamurai Thanks for playing along. 🙌 2mo
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KathyWheeler
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I really liked this book; it dragged in a couple of places, but mostly it was incredibly readable. A couple of the patients‘ stories were heartbreaking. This book made me a little more hopeful about therapy; I‘d had one terrible experience where I was told to come back when I was less overwhelmed—I never went back.

Nebklvr So, come back when your need for therapy is past? Good grief. 2mo
KathyWheeler @Nebklvr Yes. I was shocked. I had no real expectations because I‘d never had any experience with it before, but I didn‘t expect to be told to come back when I no longer needed it! 2mo
Reggie Rita, Julie, and John....... 😭😭😭😭 2mo
KathyWheeler @Reggie Yep. I actually had tears in my eyes more than once over those three. 2mo
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mcctrish
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It‘s a beautiful last day of summer vacation. This book is all kinds of wonderful. I am not a big non-fiction fan. I want to lose myself in a story and a lot of non-fiction does not sweep me away. This book swept me up and sucked me in and held up a mirror too. ❤️

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mcctrish
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I need to work on creating this space ( with some people) so I respond instead of react ( and then replay it over and over in my brain at 4 am)

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baes
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3 Stars

I thought this book was okay. Some parts were very interesting to me - I liked hearing inside a therapist‘s head and what she was thinking of her patients and how it pertained to not only their lives but herself. However, it felt dragged out and scrambled. It took me a while to finish, which is unusual for a book this size. I think it would‘ve written better as a fiction novel tbh, as much as I like that most is true.

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KathyWheeler
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1/ Also The Grapes of Wrath and Hope Rides Again
2/ Going to the beach for our 35th anniversary
3/ any kind of caramel flavor. Also cinnamon
4/ No. I‘m not musically talented, sadly. I can‘t even sing. 😞
5/ ok
#FRIYAYINTRO @howjessreads

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irre
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This was great. Definitely some tears at the end.

Megabooks Same here. 3mo
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mcctrish
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Thx to Littens posting about this, I am loving it. I‘m trying not to inhale it too fast and spend some time reflecting on my own self while I read

Ashley_Nicoletto This is a fantastic book. 3mo
mcctrish @Ashley_Nicoletto it so is and it‘s so hard to slow myself down 3mo
KathyWheeler I‘m reading it right now too and really like it. 3mo
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irre Just finished it. So great. 3mo
mcctrish @irre that is so great to hear 🎉 3mo
mcctrish @KathyWheeler yay, how far are you in? I‘m starting ch 17 3mo
KathyWheeler @mcctrish I‘m starting chapter 18, so we‘re about in the same place. 3mo
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Cinfhen
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Cheaper than seeing a therapist and just as beneficial! This book resonated with me on so many levels. Be prepared to exam and rethink your own relationships and attitudes, especially towards friends and family. And remember to be kind to yourself and those you love. Oh, and keep tissues handy... this is therapy after all!!

TrishB Keeps popping up everywhere! 3mo
Reggie Rita and John and Julie and Charlotte....😭😭😭😭😭I was telling people about Rita and Julie at work and it was like I opened the floodgates for personal stories that night. Their stories were just so powerful. @TrishB you said you would never read Our Short History and guess who read it last year? No peer pressure on this one. 😜 3mo
TrishB @Reggie never say never.....though it will have to be a bargain as it‘s over my limit at the moment - print and kindle. 3mo
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Cinfhen I can send you the book free through Audible @TrishB 3mo
Cinfhen Those personal stories were heartbreaking @Reggie I want Lori in my life 🙌🏻 3mo
Bklover This sounds like something I should read- could use a little therapy right now. (Can‘t we all!). 😉 3mo
Cinfhen I can send you the Audible link too @Bklover and yes....we can all benefit from sound advice and a caring ear 3mo
TrishB I‘ve just cancelled audible ☹️ it‘s only really my daughter that uses it and she said she doubts she would whilst away and she has a ton of un-listened too anyway. 3mo
Bklover @Cinfhen I canceled my Audible too, but thanks. Sometimes I think Litsy is my therapist! 3mo
Cinfhen Litsy is definitely good therapy @Bklover @TrishB 🤞🏼🤞🏼hoping for a #KindleDailyDeal #99pDeal 😘 3mo
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Laru79
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Mehso-so

This one gets a so-so from me. I enjoyed it and found a lot of the therapy talk really interesting but it just took me so long to read, it felt like work sometimes. I‘m ready for a much lighter fun read now!!

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BibliovoreSarah
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Therapists, they‘re just like us!

Joyfulmimi Yes we are 3mo
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TheBookkeepersApprentice
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Such a good book!

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WriterReaderTrainer
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A very enjoyable read! Light and heavy at the same time. Lots of richness in the author's vulnerability and insight. Easy and engaged reading experience because of the author's style and relatability of the story. Written a bit like a novel, which enriched the telling. Great work, Lori Gottlieb!

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razmanda
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‪What a great read. I loved following all the patients‘ journeys, especially Gottlieb‘s. Therapy has saved my life, literally, and this is such a compassionate view of the process through both sides of the relationship. But please hydrate before reading.‬

Reggie Omg, yes, the tears!!!! 3mo
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razmanda
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‪What a great read. I loved following all the patients‘ journeys, especially Gottlieb‘s. Therapy has saved my life, literally, and this is such a compassionate view of the process through both sides of the relationship. But please hydrate before reading.‬

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Laru79
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Been a bit quiet this week as I‘ve been actually spending some time with my kids instead of going to work all the time and also because I‘ve been watching Fleabag - super distracted by the #hotpriest
Anyway, I haven‘t quite settled into this one yet but am interested to read it.

hermyknee I enjoyed it! 3mo
Hollie That #hotpriest is definitely distracting! 3mo
Laru79 Honestly @Hollie I am so in love!! Am already planning a rewatch! 3mo
Laru79 Oh wow, thanks @Birdsong28 I‘ll get some tickets booked!! 3mo
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The_Shelf.ish_Life
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I just started this book, and I‘m already loving it! It‘s funny and extremely well-written. Plus, it makes me think about things differently, which is the biggest indicator that I‘m reading a great book 😊

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Croissonter
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“If we don‘t accept the notion that there‘s no re-do... our pasts will keep us stuck.” (p.98)

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echalpan
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July was my best reading month yet! It‘s too bad this streak ends Friday when I go back to work. 😭

Favorites this month:
•Maybe You Should Talk to Someone
•Ask Again, Yes

Least Favorite
•The Cactus

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RowReads1
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suvata Wonderful book 4mo
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TheNerdyProfessor
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I didn't know how much I needed this book when I started it. 400 pages about therapy? It flew by. I felt like I was talking with a friend. I laughed, I cried (okay, sobbed), and I contemplated my own life journey. This book confronts grief and struggling head on and yet challenges you to KEEP GOING. It has so much to say about the process of living and losing. Seriously, this is a book every person should read. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ giant-sized stars.

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TheNerdyProfessor
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I bought my mom an audible subscription for her birthday. This month she picked Maybe You Should Talk to Someone. I just so happened to own this book due my ever-growing BOTM backlog, so we are having an impromptu book club for two. The temps are cool and it's the perfect day for sitting outside and savoring a new book.

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Kalalalatja
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I came home from work and finished this book in the sweltering heat on my balcony.

This book is just as amazing as all the reviews say it is. It might even be my favourite book I‘ve read this year. As a human being I learned a lot, but as a therapist I learned a TON! I wanted to highlight and copy down all of Gottlieb‘s nuggets of wisdom, and I‘m sure I‘ll return to this book again and again 👌

JennyM I knew you‘d love it! So good. Enjoy the sunshine ☀️ 4mo
ephemeralwaltz ☀️☀️☀️ 4mo
bookishdawg My favorite so far this year... after reading it on Libby I had to buy my own copy. 👍🏻👍🏻 4mo
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chapter_fifty2017
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Enlightening that even as a psychologist we are all still prey to our own delusions , illusions and regressive behaviours. This a good read as Lori Gottlieb was a script writer for some pretty awesome shows like ER !! All the more intriguing when the floor falls out from under her metaphorically she seeks out another healer to guide her along her journey to her own inner wisdom whilst also treating clients along the way
Sleepers awake 😳

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Suelizbeth
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I had a hard time starting this book because I just don‘t like the cover. But, as they say, don‘t judge a book...Anyway, I‘m glad I could get past the cover because this book is wonderful! Lori Gottlieb is a warm and intuitive and compelling writer. This book is so much more than even the subtitle reveals. I was surprisingly enchanted by the subject and subjects contained within these pages. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️#24in48readathon2019

Maria514626 Thanks for the review! I want to read it even more! 4mo
suvata Good book ... and ... good review. 4mo
Suelizbeth @suvata Thanks. ☺️ 4mo
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Suelizbeth
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I had to switch books for a while for #24in48readathon2019 #24in48

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Kalalalatja
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Quiet morning before I have to extrovert all day 📖

I‘m loving this book so far! #currentlyreading

TrishB Lovely 💕 4mo
batsy That looks perfect 👌🏽 4mo
Erinreadsthebooks Extroverting is exhausting! Good luck 😄🙏 4mo
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Kalalalatja
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I have only just started this, and already I want to highlight almost every sentence!

#currentlyreading

ChasingOm Agreed! I got this from the library and, within a few pages, knew I wanted to buy my own copy. 4mo
BarbaraBB Great quote ❤️ 4mo
batsy Lots of positive reviews here... I'm keen to read this! 4mo
Kalalalatja @ChasingOm I completely understand! @BarbaraBB @batsy as a therapist, it feels like getting all the good advice from a more experienced friend. I falling in love with this book ❤️ 4mo
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MelissaSue81
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Pickpick

This one took me a long time to get into... it started slow.. which I guess was intentional, as the author revealed things bit by bit.. but once it hit the halfway mark it got much better with lots of emotion and humanity. I don‘t know that it quite lived up to the hype for me but I did enjoy it.

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MelissaSue81
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It keeps getting worse #catsoflitsy #kal

chaoticgoodhufflepuff That definitely doesn‘t look worse to me! ❤️🐱❤️ 4mo
brit91 Awww!😻😻😻 4mo
BookishTrish 😂😂😂 4mo
Crazeedi Oh no! You didnt do something for them! Must figure out what as and rectify or it will get worse!😉😻 4mo
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