Group : how one therapist and a circle of strangers saved my life / Christie Tate.
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|Detroit Lakes Public Library||921 TAT (Text)||33500013298849||New||On holds shelf||-|
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- ISBN: 9781982154615
- ISBN: 1982154616
- Physical Description: 280 pages ; 24 cm
- Edition: First Avid Reader Press hardcover edition.
- Publisher: New York, NY : Avid Reader Press, 2020.
- Copyright: ©2020
"Reese's book club"--Jacket
A top law school graduate struggling with suicidal thoughts and an eating disorder describes her reluctant participation in a therapeutic support group that taught her the meaning of human connection and intimacy.
Tate had just been named the top student in her law school class and finally had her eating disorder under control. Why then was she envisioning putting an end to the isolation and sadness that still plagued her despite her achievements? Enter Dr. Rosen, a therapist who calmly assured her that if she joins one of his psychotherapy groups, he can transform her life. All she has to do is show up and be honest. About everything: her eating habits, childhood, sexual history, etc. Rosen's nine-word prescription : "You don’t need a cure. You need a witness." As Tate's defenses break down and she comes to trust Dr. Rosen and to depend on the sessions and the prescribed nightly phone calls with various group members, she begins to understand what it means to connect. -- adapted from jacket
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 October #1
*Starred Review* Tate's debut memoir invites readers to sit alongside the author in one of the chairs circled for group therapy, and watch her struggle, fail, and very slowly learn. At 26, this law-school valedictorian and recovering bulimic fantasizes about her own death. Why? She eats apples. Obsessivelyâas many as eight per nightâand painfully: "the sharp edges of the apple bits I'd failed to chew properly poked the edges of my stomach. Acid burned my throat. A source of deep shame, Tate's apples keep her roommate-less and alone. Desperate, she takes a friend's recommendation to see a therapist, Dr. Rosen, who recommends group therapy. Rosen's tactics surprise and bedevil Tate. The expected goalâstop eating applesâis bypassed for a harder one: speak openly and honestly about eating apples. In therapy, Tate learns that secrets are toxic, and applies that lesson to her writing. Essential to Tate's project is authorial ethos, and she maintains credibility by writing the bad, the ugly, and the badly ugly through years of painful relationships and despair. Her writing displays a wonderful combination of clear and simple with sparkle and intelligence. This memoir's accomplishment is impressively dualistic: it's a compelling narrative that empowers readers to better understand their own lives. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.
Christie Tate is a Chicago-based writer and essayist. She has been published in The New York Times (Modern Love), The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, McSweeney&;s Internet Tendency, and elsewhere.
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