Monday, February 16, 2009
Mailbox Monday is hosted by Marcia at the Printed Page. Drop by and see what others got this week.
Well, everything listed on my last Mailbox Monday post has been read and reviewed, so I guess I'm keeping up (course that stack beside my bed hasn't gotten any shorter). This week I got three books:
Daniel's Den, which I have already reviewed here. It is a First Wildcard book.
Only Uni, which was sent to me by the author Camy Tang. I read her Sushi for One and considered it "ok" but have heard rave reviews of her books so I thought I'd try another.
Confessions of a Former Child. This is a review book from Phenix & Phenix about which is said
With so many Americans in therapy every year, psychologists have become an integral part of our national well-being. The word "therapist "often brings to mind a clinical type who listens to all of your problems-every mundane dream, every unreasonable fear, every breakup woe-in a completely objective and unbiased manner. But the truth is, behind their mutterings of "How does that make you feel?" and "What do you think it means?" may lie a person whose own issues may put yours to shame.
In his new book, Confessions of a Former Child: A Therapist's Memoir (Graywolf Press, 2008), author and licensed clinical psychologist Daniel J. Tomasulo, Ph.D., humorously recounts the childhood experiences and early relationships that shaped his adult life as a husband, father and psychologist. Drawing enlightening connections between the lives of his patients and his own, Tomasulo offers truthful insight into the mind of a therapist rarely seen in memoirs today.
A former standup comedian, Tomasulo presents an array of entertaining true stories, ranging from the quirky and magical (as a child, he thought he controlled street lights), to the poignant and heartfelt, (the time he finally came to terms with his feelings about his mother), to the outright hilarious, including an instance when a glorious marathon run ended in disaster and a ruined pair of running shorts.
"The stories in Confessions of a Former Child are about learning to look at things differently and making friends with my past," says Tomasulo, who also holds a master's degree in nonfiction writing from New School University. "Writing this book involved really cleaning out my closet, so to speak-delving into not only the good times and quirky stories about patients I've accumulated throughout the years, but also my own issues dealing with divorce, grief and the relationship with my parents."