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Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed
Written by: Lori Gottlieb
Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
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"An irresistibly addictive tour of the human condition." (Kirkus, starred review)

"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 20-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.

©2019 Lori Gottlieb (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

What the critics say

"Brittany Pressley performs this audiobook at a fast pace that will be familiar to listeners who live in large, bustling cities. But she knows how to moderate her energy for the tender sections, and her overall performance sounds authentic, conversational, and true to the core intentions of the author's story....Portrayed by Pressley, [the author] also sounds like someone you know, which makes her observations and insights all the more accessible." (AudioFile Magazine)

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I absolutely loved this book

I have to admit that I am biased, as I am doing a PhD in psychology. Honestly, I read dozens of self help books, but this is the best I’ve read. The author is so talented, I learned a lot about myself and about therapy. I love the story though, it isn’t a technical book. I related a little bit to each character and the humanity underlining each story. Brittany Pressley’s voice is amazing too. I loved this audio book.

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Great story, especially for therapists.

This was a great story, told beautifully. The author weaves through several stories with ease. Really enjoyed it.

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maybe I should!

Maybe this was the right book at the right time, or maybe it's simply fantastic. I found the stories fascinating and the psychology compelling. I think I'll be listening to it again!

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sad that it ended!

As a new therapist I found this book to be so relatable! I would recommend it to anyone in this field, at times it feels as if you are conferencing with a colleague who is vulnerable and wise

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worth the read

touching and funny, really liked it. would read it again. well paced and different from other books I usually like

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Great book!

It Really gives you a better idea of how therapy should work, done in a story format. I enjoyed it, and it makes me want to go to therapy even!

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  • Bev
  • 2019-11-12

A wonderful book whether you are a therapist, client, or neither

Like many professionals, psychotherapists have a unique working experience that feels impossible to convey to others not in the field. For the first time someone has written a book that takes the reader into the real world of a therapist. I know how well Lori Gottlieb portrays this world because I am a psychotherapist myself. I have been recommending this book to colleagues, friends, and family. The psychotherapists will laugh out loud to hear their own experiences portrayed so well. The non-psychotherapists, I hope, will get a deeper understanding of what it’s like to do this job. This book is honest, profound, poignant and incredibly revealing of Lori’s personal self.

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Loved it!

I laughed, cried, and gained some insight into my own head a bit too. I wish Lori was my therapist!
I didn’t really know what to expect when I started this book, but I enjoyed it all the way through. We all need therapy and if everyone did, the world would be a much, much better place. I’m going to listen to it again soon I think.

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So good on so many levels!

This book read like a fictional story even though it wasn’t. It also felt like a guide for therapy. The insights were helpful and interesting and were so seamlessly woven into the raw and honest stories. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for both a good story and a guideline for looking inward and growing as a human.

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Fantastic book. I have recommended this book to everyone I know who reads or listens to Audiobooks. Many "Ah ha" moments, as Oprah would call them, will happen as you listen.
This will be a book I remember.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-04-12

I'm going to miss the narrator...

Loved it! I literally just finished listening to it and I'm considering listening to it again right now. It provides great insight into how therapy works and why anyone and everyone would benefit of seeing a therapist (the right therapist, that is). I think there is a take-away for everyone in this book.

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  • elizabeth
  • 2019-04-09

Great listen, great narration

I loved this. Honest, laugh out loud funny at some moments, and other moments that had be bawling. Intimate without being overwhelming. Narrator was perfectly cast. I’ve already recommended this audiobook to other friends, worth a listen. It made me think seriously about how I talk to myself and made me want to hug my therapist.

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  • Ariel
  • 2019-04-11

An amazing story that touched all five of my senses

This book was comical, yet emotional on every level. I laughed, I cried, I hugged my loved ones a little tighter. A book that was written so well it played like a movie in my head. I could taste the Chinese chicken salad Jon brought into his sessions, I could hear Julie and her boyfriend laughing and crying together, I could see Ruby’s art, and I could feel every emotion expressed throughout this amazing piece of work. Thank you so much for sharing Lori.

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  • Erin M. Bleier
  • 2019-04-08

Clear your schedule and take a ride

This is an incredible journey through the art of therapy —- told by a therapist who sees a therapist — and the lessons she learns from him and her patients through the years. Expertly crafted, funny, self-deprecating and brutally honest, this is a must listen. I laughed, cried and took deep breathes as Gottlieb wove her life’s work into a book that anyone in therapy or in pain will most likely find astonishingly illuminating in their own lives. I didn’t want it to end.

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  • Shannuge
  • 2019-06-13

Best Book I’ve Read This Year

This book is heartwarming, funny, insightful, and moving. If I had to pick one book I read this year that truly changed how I feel and approach my daily life, it’s this one. Lori’s ability to normalize our humanity and the idea of having a therapist is so grounding. Her emphasis on the importance of connection to others and creating meaning in our lives is both comforting and inspirational.

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  • Dina
  • 2019-06-23

An Entertaining, Narcissistic Diatribe

The "story" of Gottlieb's life and patients were certainly interesting and entertaining and Pressley's narration was superb. And, it certainly hit on all the benefits of therapy. But, the book felt a bit self-indulgent and maybe even a bit contrived. I'd need to go to the print version to confirm, but were all the "characters" real or were they conglomerations of many people due to privacy issues? I don't think I really ever quite understood why Gottlieb left an amazing opportunity in the TV industry to then leave another amazing gift of medical school at Stanford to then sideline a successful writing career to become a therapist. And, as another reviewer mentioned, the book ends with no real wrap of the author's struggles that are mentioned throughout the book. Contrived specifically for a sequel? I'm thinking the answer to that is "yes!"

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  • appreciative reader
  • 2019-07-23

Mixed Bag

The author had interesting insights into how therapy works and how therapy sessions play out. But the cloying feel good stories of each of her patients were not credible and seemed almost superficial. I lost patience when each of her patients had sudden shifts in perspectives and “happy” endings. Relating the joyful funeral or the busy executive’s new appreciation for his family or the older woman’s ridiculously enriched life- just seemed contrived and rather ridiculous. Why does the author feel the need to tie up convenient closure for each of these patients? I prefer a more realistic (and just as uplifting) exposure of therapy’s benefits.

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  • Carla
  • 2019-05-28

Hard to finish!

While there were a few interesting and poignant stories in the book (Julie's story in particular), I found myself having a hard time finishing! The author reveals very specific details about her patients' lives, but she was pretty vague and guarded about her own. For example, she talks about a "mystery illness" that was really affecting her quality of life, but instead of exploring how that made her feel, she glosses over it, and never provides much closure to the reader. This book was a bit of a downer, and I don't think I'd recommend it.

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  • Molly Bolt
  • 2019-04-24

too much focus on John

I really wanted to like this book. But Gottlieb spends too much time sharing session information about her client, John, who refers to everyone as "idiots." I was much more interested in the parts where she discusses her own therapy and her sessions with the cancer patient, but I fail to understand other readers'/listeners' enthusiasm for the "story."

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  • Carolyn
  • 2019-04-19

A book about humanity

This book was insightful into the human condition, as the speaker showed us the compassion she had for others’ pain, as well as her own. The stories were raw and honest and so beautifully told. I thought of myself through the experiences of others and came out with a new hopeful perspective. The author clearly has such admiration for humanity and it’s complexities. I loved this book and read it all too quickly. I know you’ll enjoy it!

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