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The refreshingly original and “startlingly hopeful” (Lisa Taddeo) debut memoir of an over-achieving young lawyer who reluctantly agrees to group therapy and gets psychologically and emotionally naked in a room of six complete strangers—and finds human connection, and herself.
Christie 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 driving through Chicago fantasizing about her own death? Why 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 assures 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. Christie is skeptical, insisting that that she is defective, beyond cure. But Dr. Rosen issues a nine-word prescription that will change everything: “You don’t need a cure. You need a witness.”
So begins her entry into the strange, terrifying, and ultimately life-changing world of group therapy. Christie is initially put off by Dr. Rosen’s outlandish directives, but as her 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.
“Often hilarious, and ultimately very touching” (People), Group is “a wild ride” (The Boston Globe), and with Christie as our guide, we are given a front row seat to the daring, exhilarating, painful, and hilarious journey that is group therapy—an under-explored process that breaks you down, and then reassembles you so that all the pieces finally fit.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Everything in Christie Tate’s life seemed perfect, but she still wanted to die. Funny, brilliant, and at the top of her class in law school, Tate was nonetheless plagued by agonizing depression. In this stirring memoir, she viscerally describes the pain that lurked beneath her perfectionist surface. Her candor is shocking and gripping, especially as she finds a therapist who somehow persuades the buttoned-up law student to try group therapy. And as Tate learns to unpack her feelings about everything from food to sex to family, something unexpected happens: She begins to feel okay about feeling awful. Tate’s no-holds-barred approach is fearless, giving us every excruciating detail on her journey toward accepting that she’s not perfect—she’s human. That same openness is what makes Group so heartbreakingly relatable, not to mention compulsively readable.
Tate delivers a no-holds-barred account of her five-plus years in group therapy in this dazzling debut memoir. Growing up in Texas, Tate suffered from bulimia; she entered law school and moved to Chicago, where she continued to confront her eating disorder and attended 12-step programs. At a friend's suggestion, Tate agreed to see a therapist, and ended up in group therapy with Jonathan Rosen, a quirky but wise Harvard-educated therapist who insisted that his clients keep no secrets neither from him nor the group ("keeping secrets from other people is more toxic than other people knowing your business," he reasoned). Tate then unveils the intimate details of her romantic life; after graduating first in her law school class, Tate landed a job at a prestigious firm, though she was still dealing with a series of flawed romances (one boyfriend with intimacy issues habitually flipped her on her stomach for sex). Through therapy, Tate found a sense of self-worth, and eventually a lawyer named John at work ("I felt something I'd never felt with a man before: calm, quiet, happy, and excited"). Readers will be irresistibly drawn into Tate's earnest and witty search for authentic and lasting love.
It’s a process!
We learn and grow with the author. A journey of many emotions and challenges. Share and be rewarded.
Insightful and hilarious
Initially, it was depressing to read about Christie but the struggles and pain help her grow. The Group is an intimate look at life’s struggles for young women. Read it! You will love it!
Very engaging and well written. I felt an emotional connection with Christie, the story teller.