Becoming Myself: A Psychiatrist's Memoir
A significant and eagerly anticipated memoir from one of the world's leading therapists.
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|Library of Congress
||Psychotherapists - Biography - United States
||Autobiography: Science, Technology & Medical
||General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly
Description of this Book
'I was born in Washington, DC, June 13, 1931, of parents who immigrated from Russia shortly after the first world war. Home was the inner city of Washington - a small apartment atop my parents' grocery store on First and Seaton Street. During my childhood, Washington was a segregated city, and I lived in the midst of a poor, black neighborhood. Life on the streets was often perilous. Indoor reading was my refuge and, twice a week, I made the hazardous bicycle trek to the central library at Seventh and K streets to stock up on supplies'. Irvin Yalom is a gifted and lyrical writer whose memoir traces his life, from the apartment above his parents' grocery store to a world stage via the intimacy of his consulting room. The memoir includes his self-analysis and is interwoven with vignettes from patients whose stories have played such a central role in his life. For his legion of fans, and anyone interested in the human psyche, this book is not to be missed.
Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings
||A candid, insightful memoir by one of the world's most important and accomplished experts on the human soul * Daniel Menaker, author of The Treatment and My Mistake: A Memoir * This is a book to read and reread for years to come, a memorable journey through Yalom's time and ours * Jay Parini, author of The Last Station and New and Collected Poems: 1975-2015 * Irvin D. Yalom is the psychiatrist who thinks like a philosopher and writes like the fine novelist he also happens to be. Becoming Myself delivers not only the engrossing story of one exceptional individual's life, it shines with revelations regarding life as it ought to be lived * Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, author of Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away * Wonderful, compelling and as insightful about its subject and about the times he lived in as you could hope for. A fabulous read * Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone *
||Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)
Irvin D. Yalom is an emeritus professor of psychiatry at Stanford University and a psychiatrist in private practice in San Francisco. He is the author of many bestselling titles including Love's Executioner, Momma and the Meaning of Life, The Gift of Therapy, Staring at the Sun and Creatures of a Day.