Gottlieb, a psychotherapist, gives the reader a behind-the-scenes peek from both sides of the couch. While therapists are required to see a counselor themselves as part of their training, Gottlieb enlists an experienced ear when an unexpected breakup lays her flat. Working through her issues with the enigmatic ‘Wendell” helps Gottlieb process her pain, but it also hones her professional skills; after all, a good therapist possesses the ability to empathize with their patients (four of whom she chronicles in funny, frustrating, heartbreaking and profoundly inspiring detail).
April 15 – The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates (fiction)
May 20 – The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides (mystery)