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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 2,354 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.


  • I never wanted to quit this book. It was so touching and insightful.

    By b.tobes
    I’ve been in therapy for a little under a year. It has been one of the hardest years of my life, yet I have made the most progress. It feels incredible to read something that dug so deep and that I could relate to. I’ve felt alone in my personal journey for a very long time, and this book reminded me that I wasn’t alone. I’m really glad I read this book.

    By margauxwill
    I loved every single second of this book. Highly recommend!!
  • Okay

    By Racer stacer
    Didn’t keep me hooked.
  • Loved it

    By Stephanievsu
    This book changed my life. I loved it and learned so much. I will be quoting Lori for the rest of my life.
  • One of the best books I’ve read.

    By SharonZ03
    Love the plot, love the lessons and explanations, really made me think. Finished this book so fast
  • Wonderful book

    By Michael G Am
    Thank you for writing this amazing work. It’s incredibly thoughtful, moving, funny, and insightful. I’ve recommended it to several friends. It’s given me much to reflect on and is definitely one of the best books I’ve ever read. Thank you again
  • The way I see it

    By joni sings
    The title of this book intrigued me and when I began reading I felt drawn to my perplexing situations hoping this book would give me answers. Fortunately the pages led me to a therapist. This was the first time in my life I chose this path. I am grateful. J H S lives in Florida and loves the sun......and the "humditity".
  • Hilarious!

    By 12345qwertfdsa
    OMG I laughed out loud so many times. Love the way she called her significant other “the boyfriend“. So I started calling mine, “the husband“😆
  • Engaging and Insightful

    By friel0928
    I truly enjoyed this book. Underlined a lot of inspiring tidbits to remember. Just purchased her other one as well. Hopefully it’s just as good. Recommend.
  • Perfect Timing

    By asapr212
    By “perfect timing” I mean several things: 1) This is a great book to read before a new year to look back on life as it has been and forward to what may be 2) The cadence of the book makes it an easy read - as with therapy, you may not know you’re getting something from it until you “pause” 3) In a world where people “share” themselves on social media, only showing you what they want you to see so (possibly) they can feel better about themselves, this book is an antidote, timed to balance the internal with the external. Enjoyable, insightful and easy to read, I can’t recommend it more highly. Unless there is a sixth star.Then I would give it that!