Group: How One Therapist and a Circle of Strangers Saved My Life Audiobook, by Christie Tate Play Audiobook Sample

Group: How One Therapist and a Circle of Strangers Saved My Life Audiobook

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Read By: Christie Tate Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio UK Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 6.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.00 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: October 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781471199226

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28:27 minutes

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07 seconds

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13:11 minutes

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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.

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“A no-holds-barred account…Readers will be irresistibly drawn in.”

— Publishers Weekly (starred review) 


  • “Hilarious and engrossing.”

    — People
  • “A wild ride…It gets pretty raw.”

    — Boston Globe


  • New York Times bestseller
  • A People Magazine Pick of Fall Books
  • Reese’s Book Club Pick
  • New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

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About Christie Tate

Christie Tate is a Chicago-based writer and essayist. She has been published in the New York Times, The Rumpus, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Eastern Iowa Review, and elsewhere. Her essay “Promised Lands” was the winner of the New Ohio Review’s nonfiction contest, which was published this fall.