This is a warm, thoughtful, and relatable book. Gottlieb's vulnerability and her compassionate view of her patients are on evidence here. Her emotional journey and the well-defined and satisfying arcs of her patients make this an engrossing read, while her deep knowledge about psychology, psychiatry, and the history of therapy blend in to the narrative so smoothly you don't even realize you're also learning while getting some great stories. Emotionally raw at times, there is a frankness about death, loss, and the fear that starts for many of us in middle age that is examined here in more depth and with more gentleness and joy than I have seen before. There are some desperately sad moments that I won't spoil but want to warn people who may have experienced loss or are experiencing loss soon - this book will make you have all the feels.