Momma and the Meaning of Life: Tales of Psychotherapy

Momma and the Meaning of Life: Tales of Psychotherapy

Momma and the Meaning of Life: Tales of Psychotherapy

Momma and the Meaning of Life: Tales of Psychotherapy

Synopsis

In this work of rare insight and imagination, Irvin Yalom, whom the Washington Post Book World calls "like Freud . . . a graceful and canny writer", once again proves himself an intrepid explorer of the psyche as he guides his patients -- and himself -- toward transformation. With eloquent detail and sharp-eyed observation, Yalom treats us to a richly rewarding, almost illicit glimpse into the therapist's heart and mind and introduces us to a memorable cast of characters. At once wildly entertaining and deeply thoughtful, this splendid follow-up to Love's Executioner will delight Yalom's many fans while inviting new readers to discover the special pleasures this compassionate and fully engaged therapist brings to the craft of writing as he illuminates the unique potential of every human relationship.

Excerpt

Dusk. Perhaps I am dying. Sinister shapes surround my bed: cardiac monitors, oxygen canisters, dripping intravenous bottles, coils of plastic tubing—the entrails of death. Closing my lids, I glide into darkness.

But then, springing from my bed, I dart out of the hospital room smack into the bright, sunlit Glen Echo Amusement Park, where, in decades past, I spent many summer Sundays. I hear carousel music. I breathe in the moist, caramelized fragrance of sticky popcorn and apples. And I walk straight ahead—not hesitating at the Polar Bear Frozen Custard stand or the double-dip roller coaster or the Ferris wheel—to take my place in the ticket line for the House of Horrors. My fare paid, I wait as the next cart swivels around the corner and clanks to a halt in front of me. After stepping in and pulling down the guard rail to lock myself . . .

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