Put your ‘expert’ hat on, it’s Week 3 of Nonfiction November.
This week, Doing Dewey asks us to share a bunch of books on a particular topic (be the expert). So, if you’re not into therapy-porn look away now, because I’ve selected books about the therapy experience.
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottleib – the more I think about this book, the more I love Lori – she presents her own experience of therapy, alongside some stories from her practice as a therapist. Her words are wise and honest, and the story so compelling it almost reads like fiction.
The Examined Life by Stephen Grosz – Grosz uses a variety of case studies from his decades as a psychoanalyst to explore the beginnings and endings of relationships. He finds a beautiful balance between telling the stories and providing insights that are useful for every reader.
Love’s Executioner and Other Tales of Psychotherapy by Irvin Yalom – if you haven’t read Yalom, hop to it. His writing is instructive, accessible and always fascinating.
Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed – okay, so Strayed isn’t a therapist. But… but… but…. this book. Brought me to tears. Made me laugh. Made me wish that I knew Strayed in real life.
The Novel Cure by Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin – the one therapy book that I’m absolutely positive all book bloggers will adore! Essentially an A-Z of ‘literary remedies’ for everything from heartbreak and depression to substance abuse and fear of dinner parties.
The Talking Cure by Professor Gillian Straker and Dr Jacqui Winship – stay tuned, this one is on my reading list Nonfiction November.