Group - Christie Tate

Group

By Christie Tate

  • Release Date: 2020-10-27
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 334 Ratings

Description

A REESE’S BOOK CLUB PICK AND INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“Often hilarious and ultimately very touching.” —People

“Have you ever read a book that made you want to hug the author?” —Reese Witherspoon

“This unrestrained memoir is a transporting experience and one of the most startlingly hopeful books I have ever read.” —Lisa Taddeo, New York Times bestselling author of Three Women

The refreshingly original debut memoir of a guarded, over-achieving, self-lacerating young lawyer who reluctantly agrees to get psychologically and emotionally naked in a room of six complete strangers—her psychotherapy group—and in turn 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.

Group is a deliciously addictive read, and with Christie as our guide—skeptical of her own capacity for connection and intimacy, but hopeful in spite of herself—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.

Reviews

  • Easy read & a page turner!

    5
    By LifewithAlove
    So amazing. I read it in two days, I couldn’t stop reading.
  • It’s a process!

    4
    By RR guy
    We learn and grow with the author. A journey of many emotions and challenges. Share and be rewarded.
  • I feel identified

    5
    By MaJuSaCe
    I enjoyed this book so much. It doesn’t need a huge made-up story behind it, it’s as real as it gets, and I felt so identified with it. Truly an inspiration and very well written.
  • Group

    5
    By haygurl54787542
    I was captivated by this book immediately. I am 25 years old. Stuck in a time of life where nothing makes sense and I am struggling. But this book has reassured what others have told me countless times. I’d like to thank the author for making me realize that seeking out a therapist ISN’T a stigma anymore and that we can move past our trauma but it takes work. Absolutely amazing book.
  • Such an incredibly honest and beautiful journey to witness

    5
    By kaykaybean13
    I was personally enthralled with the gut wrenching despair, raw honest feelings and material that Dr. Rosen had his group of clients sharing and embarking upon during their therapy sessions. In the beginning, I’d questioned his ethics and approach towards the group, his prescriptions he doled out in zest requiring them to confront the issues that plagued them in unconventional ways yet they were brilliant and absolutely worked. The bond she shares with him and her group mates was beautiful and as honest as anything I’d ever been privy to. Phenomenal story and journey of Christie and her will to overcome her eating disorder and intimacy in personal relationships with the men in her life. Loved loved loved this book!! Christie’s transparency and courage in sharing this story is EVERYTHING! Love to you, Christie Tate. Thank you for sharing your beautiful and courageous story with us and giving those of us the courage needed in our lives to be open and honest with ourselves and loved ones.
  • Group

    5
    By bhytrfghji
    I liked the book. Thought we could have done without last chapter 10 years later
  • Group

    4
    By E,e,
    Interesting story... Enjoyable read
  • The Group

    5
    By legalbeagle2
    Loved it!
  • Must Read!

    5
    By Craft Girl M
    Best book I’ve read in a long time. Such a heartwarming story. We all struggle at times, it’s what makes us human.
  • This is a disgraceful representation of therapy. Sex cult is more like it.

    1
    By WI Appraiser
    Disgusting