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 914 Ratings



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“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.


  • Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

    By Joanabake
    Wonderful blend of a woman’s life as a therapist, and as a human being finding her way through life and love. Funny and tender, sad and joyful.
  • Amazing

    By Rachel_Jennette
    I LOVED this book. I have never found myself so wholly captivated as I was with this book. Each patient had a beautifully written story which allowed me to relate, empathize, and root for their successes. I’ve told everyone I’ve come into contact with about this book and I feel like even so, I have not begun to promote it enough. I was so profoundly moved by this book and I can say with utmost conviction that whoever you are and whatever you’ve gone through, you need to read this book!!
  • Honest and refreshing

    By kirsten.hansen
    I have danced in and out of therapy offices often. I always cited the lacked of understanding, lack of patience, lack of insight as to why I would stop going three sessions in. I had a very set idea of the therapist I was seeking. I have thankfully found my Wendell and in this book found another therapist of sorts. This book is a refreshing look at the therapists chair from both angles and despite what might land you in someone’s office, this book can surely teach you a thing or two about yourself, about life, and about how it doesn’t matter how many times you try, you will succeed, if you work hard and honest enough.
  • Fascinating insight into psychiatry

    By kmoore.hickory
    I was very fascinated by the glimpses into psychiatry in practice with patients. Lori also added her own experiences as a patient, which I found less interesting actually. It’s like people watching at a beach, but you also get to read their profiles and bio’s. Well done.
  • Amazing!!

    By jenni ren
    Even if you have no interest in going to therapy, this book is amazing! It’s eye opening on so many levels. It’s funny yet heart warming. Most of all, it’s relatable. I feel as if I wanna gifted free sessions in each chapter. I not only enjoyed it, but learned things I could use in my every day life. I cannot recommend this book enough!! LOVE IT!
  • Really good book!

    By BreandDevsMom
    I love the way Lori tells her story and her patients’ story! Very easy to read and follow. I wish I could actually have Lori as my own therapist!
  • A decent effort on amateur self awareness

    By hobiel
    If you have any sort of self awareness this book can be boring - the writer tries to hype stories and make things interesting however the subject matter is very dull - and he characters uninteresting.
  • Brilliant!

    By Ycats1974
    This book is filled with such heartfelt wisdom that I bought not just one, but two copies for myself! I initially downloaded it on iBooks, but then half way through I ordered a hardcopy from Amazon so that I could highlight and annotate some of the most salient points of the text for future reference. As a student working toward a doctorate in psychology, I can honestly say that I gleaned more information from “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone” than any textbook I’ve studied thus far.
  • Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

    By C Trish
    Loved this book. Being a therapist, I have sat in both chairs throughout my life. I love Lori’s sense of humor and honesty. I’ve highlighted so much of it that it looks like one of my grad school textbooks. I will definitely read it again. It’s that good.