Amazon Book Review Podcast: The best books of May, and an interview with Lori Gottlieb

Jon Foro on May 13, 2019

ABR-POD-Lori-Gottlieb.jpg"We do things differently with our emotional health than we do with our physical health. If we’re experiencing chest pain we’re gonna go to a cardiologist and get that checked out. But if we experience emotional pain, we wait until we have the emotional equivalent of a heart attack to go see somebody and then it’s harder to treat—and you’ve suffered unnecessarily for longer."

Lori Gottlieb is a bestselling author, psychotherapist, and national advice columnist, but when an unexpected breakup lays her flat, she seeks help of her own with “Wendell,” a quirky (if seemingly a little on-the-nose) counselor. But the experience also helps her with her own patients: a Hollywood producer, a newlywed diagnosed with a terminal illness, a senior citizen threatening suicide, and a twenty-something with terrible relationship instincts. As a view from both sides of the couch, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone is a witty, relatable, moving homage to therapy and the human condition.

Gottlieb recently stopped by our offices to talk with Erin Kodicek about the book, which you can find the interview at the 10:50 mark of the podcast embedded below (or read a transcribed version here). We also spend time discussing some of favorite releases of May (notes below), including the long-awaited new novel from Silence of the Lambs author Thomas Harris.

Discover more author interviews and book-talk in our podcast archive, and you can subscribe via iTunes or TuneIn. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone was an April 2019 selection for Amazon's best books of the month.

We discuss a few of our picks for the best books of May:

Seira: Cari Mora by Thomas Harris (1:00)

The first novel in more than a decade from the creator of Hannibal Lecter, Cari Mora is as cinematic as one might expect (and hope for), charged with smugglers and lawmen, gruesome deaths, and deceit that crisscrosses the ocean between Colombia and Miami. Just when you think you know what’s coming, Harris has another twist up his sleeve. And we think it's pronounced "Carrie."

Erin: The Apology by Eve Ensler (3:03)

Written as if it were a letter from Ensler’s father, it recounts the sexual, physical and psychological abuse he inflicted on her from the ages of five to 10, and acknowledges the reverberating effects on her life. Moreover, it does what the master gaslighter and coward couldn’t before he died: take accountability for his crimes and ask for absolution.

Jon: The Deer Camp: A Memoir of a Father, a Family, and the Land that Healed Them by Dean Kuipers (4:44)

At once a difficult account of a broken family, and an enjoyable work of natural history, and an ode to Aldo Leopold's A Sand County Almanac, The Deer Camp is raw, personal, and deftly written, and it seems likely that it was both a necessary and sometimes difficult project. 

Chris: Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep (7:03) 

A book composed of many parts, any of which would make a good book. Together, they make a great book, describing the elements of a gothic true crime set in the south, and then placing Harper Lee there to cover the trial and write about it. It's a story concerned with justice and the truth, but it is also about art, mystery, and our darkest temptations.

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