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Maybe You Should Talk to Someone - Lori Gottlieb

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

By Lori Gottlieb

  • Release Date: 2019-04-02
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 2,650 Ratings



Now being developed as a television series with Eva Longoria and ABC!

“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
“This is a daring, delightful, and transformative book.”—Arianna Huffington, Founder, Huffington Post and Founder & CEO, Thrive Global
“Wise, warm, smart, and funny. You must read this book.”—Susan Cain, New York Times best-selling author of Quiet

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 therapist’s world—where 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. 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 — 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 invites us into her world as both clinician and patient, 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.


  • Must read

    By eastendfan
    As a therapist with 30+ years of experience working with couples and individuals I found this warm, funny, loving book about one therapist’s experience working with her clients and revealing her own experience in therapy to be compelling. This book should be a part of every therapist’s library and every aspiring therapist’s training. Gottlieb’s honesty and vulnerability, her willingness to show her humanity as opposed to appearing strictly professional is a breath of fresh air.
  • Addicting and Elegantly Written

    By Selenaxa
    The plot line is chaotic and you delve deep into each of her clients and begin to love them dearly. Could not be written any better. Loved it!
  • Better than I thought

    By compassionate np
    As a nurse practitioner in psychiatry, this book was meaningful. Enough said.
  • Very relatable and encouraging!

    By hannahb2097
    I’m a counseling intern. I just went through a rough breakup and was relieved to find a book about a therapist going through a breakup. It was comforting to see how this happens to others and how they deal with it while still seeing their own clients. After I started this book, I got my own therapist and continued reading. Not only was this book helpful personally, but it counted toward my internship hours because it has such great information about therapy! Incredible book!
  • Couldn’t put it down

    By MJbibb
    One of my fav books of all time
  • Very slow

    By Laura papadelis
    I initially loved the book, and it’s a good story; but extremely slow : could have been done in less pages for sure , it dragged a little . Took me forever to finish reading
  • Fascinating perspective

    By Rachel Day
    Just enough honesty paired with an outside-looking-in viewpoint to keep you hooked! The dynamics are entertaining and the sad moments are often balanced out with joy. There’s a tad of true psychology in the mix which grounds the whole book. I love these dynamic types of reads!
  • Great and inspiring book

    By new budget guy
    This open is a great reading and inspiration.
  • Guilt

    By jrhjp
    When your gf starts to act shady and is reading relationship advice books. She trying to looks for ways to break up with you. Esp if you pay for everything, treat her good, Etc. woman have different Nero pathways than man which makes there way of thinking a little different from me “us”. which makes a woman more aware to what’s happening but, it also makes them over overwhelmed making them not think about the hold pic
  • Great advice and makes you think

    By savyclends
    This book is so beautifully honest and contains such amazing life advice. Ive gone through and highlighted amazing advice so I can reference to it. I’ve recommend it to all of my friends as well!