Lori Gottlieb’s critically acclaimed memoir Maybe You Should Talk to Someone is Wal-Mart’s favorite read this month. The psychotherapist and bestselling author sat down with the company to discuss why the book has struck a chord with so many, and what else we can expect from her in 2020.
In Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, Lori Gottlieb effortlessly shifts between narrating her personal experience in therapy, to discussing her own clinical work with clients. She explains, “It was critical that the voice of me as the expert was the same voice as me as a person, because what I’m trying to show in the book is our shared humanity—that we’re all more the same than we are different.”
Gottlieb contends that the book’s success—it jumped back to number 3 on the New York Times bestseller list at the start of the year—is partially due to an ongoing crisis of connection. “Right now in our culture we’re disconnected in so many ways. We’re clinging to our phones, our devices—I have nothing against technology, but I feel like we also need that face-to-face interaction […] the ability to just be with another person,” she says. “The experience of reading the book feels a lot like that for people and also encourages them to make time to prioritize relationships with the people that they love, the people who matter to them.”
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone will soon be adapted into a television series, and Gottlieb is also in the process of creating an iHeart Radio podcast produced by Katie Couric. Similar to her advice column in The Atlantic, the show’s format will see Gottlieb and TED’s Guy Winch help people with their dilemma’s.
Read the full interview here.
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