"But what are we so afraid of? It's not as if we're going to peer in those dark corners, flip on the light, and find a bunch of cockroaches. Fireflies love the dark too. There's beauty in those places. But we have to look in there to see it."
Lori Gottlieb, a psychotherapist in Los Angeles, experiences a sudden, life-altering event that prompts her to seek out a therapist of her own. This memoir not only explores how she navigates the pain in her life, but also in the lives of four of her patients - an egocentric television producer who complains of all the “idiots” around him, a jaded elderly patient who put a date on ending her life, a young woman who continually chooses the wrong men, and a newlywed diagnosed with terminal cancer. The author uses candor, humor, and empathy to narrate her story and navigate the grief of each of her patients. We love how introspective the author is with her shortcomings; while she guides her patients through therapy with a rational perspective and sagacious feedback, she has trouble seeing her own self-sabotaging behavior and understanding the root cause of her crisis. From her incessant “google-stalking” to acting as her personal stenographer during a fight with her ex-boyfriend, the author epitomizes “it’s okay not to be okay.” A final read for #mentalhealthawareness month, we can’t recommend this enough - 4.5 stars🌟🌟🌟🌟💫