It’s already October! What have you been reading?
I just finished Lori Gottlieb’s Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, a memoir described as “a therapist, her therapist, and our lives revealed.” It was fabulous. I have never been to therapy, so this was a fascinating look into how therapy works, both from the therapist’s viewpoint, and from that of the patient. The book hops among patient histories (one of which left me weeping, but in a good way) and the author’s own account of her own therapy following a romantic break up. It also sneaks in some history of psychology and psychiatry. It was actually a bit of a page turner and I loved it.
I’m also in the middle of another Charlie Lovett book, The Bookman’s Tale, about an American book seller in England who may have stumbled upon a priceless manuscript annotated by Shakespeare himself. Like Lovett’s other books, this one hops back and forth in time, juxtaposing the book seller’s life in 1995 with the journey the manuscript made from 1592 to 1995. I’ve liked all three of the Lovett books that I’ve read so far, but I still like his newest, The Lost Book of the Grail, best.