Books

Committed: A Sceptic Makes Peace with Marriage

By Elisabeth LaMotte / September 21, 2013

(2010, Elizabeth Gilbert, Viking) As a therapist practicing since 1995, one of the most common requests I receive is for a good book about marriage.  This request is especially common among newly engaged couples and people who are struggling to decide whether to marry their current partner.   There are some interesting self-help books about…

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THE DINNER (2012)

By Elisabeth LaMotte / August 1, 2013

Beginning with an aperitif, and persisting through three courses and a digestif, Herman Koch’s “The Dinner” explores a variety of difficult questions about social responsibility, sibling rivalry, parenting, technology, pathology, intimacy and marriage.  This gripping story takes place in a restaurant in Holland and spans the course of a single meal.  While offering no answers…

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BLOOD, BONES AND BUTTER: THE INADVERTENT EDUCATION OF A RELUCTANT CHEF (2011)

By Elisabeth LaMotte / July 1, 2013

One could reasonably assume from the title, “Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef”, that Gabrielle Hamilton’s best-selling memoir is about food. The fact that Hamilton is the owner and chef of the chic and fabulous East Village restaurant Prune further implies that readers can expect a food-focused literary journey through what it takes…

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