Maybe You Should Talk to Someone | Lori Gottlieb

Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist who spends her career trying to help patients with all sorts of problems. The couches are turned when her long-time boyfriend suddenly informs her that he doesn’t want to be in a relationship with someone who has kids. Gottlieb has a 10 year old son that her boyfriend had spoken of adopting at one point; this breakup comes out of nowhere. So does her reaction; she falls to pieces. After trying to maintain her calm exterior and failing, she comes to the conclusion that she needs to go to a therapist. From her own viewpoint, presented side by side with her patients and their situations, Gottlieb does a bang-up job of articulating how therapeutic getting help can be, which changes her overall outlook on her patients, their lives, and her own life. It is one of the best nonfiction books I have read in years.

Georgette Coan is the manager of Barbara's Bookstore in Burr Ridge.