The Rock Island and Silvis Public Libraries present “Surviving the Holidays with Lori Gottlieb" -- December 6.

Wednesday, December 6, 7 p.m.

Presented by the Rock Island and Silvis Public Libraries

Delivering a a thought-provoking conversation about mental health in anticipation of the winter holiday season, a New York Times bestselling author and co-host of the Dear Therapists podcast will present a special virtual program on December 6 presented by the Rock Island and Silvis Public Libraries, with Surviving the Holidays with Lori Gottlieb made possible by the statewide collaboration Illinois Libraries Present.

Born in Los Angeles in 1966, Gottlieb obtained her undergraduate degree from Stanford University in 1989 and obtained a Masters of Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University in 2010, subsequently becoming a licensed marriage and family therapist. Over the course of her career, Gottlieb was a commentator for National Public Radio and a contributing editor for The Atlantic, and in 2019, she landed on the New York Times bestseller chart for her autobiography Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed. The books is a memoir in which Gottlieb portrays a difficult time in her professional and personal life, and the dual nature of the work enables Gottlieb to show her world as both a therapist and someone receiving therapy, with the author exploring five patients, including herself, and their different scenarios and viewpoints on life. The New York Times praised the book's effective storytelling, which turns its anecdotes into "a kind of ensemble soap opera," with the review adding that Gottlieb was "authentic, even raw, about herself and her patients."

During her virtual program on December 6, Gottlieb will share tools to help in everyday life, especially as we prepare for the holiday season. Beyond selling more than a million copies of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, a book that is currently being adapted into a television series, Gottlieb maintains a clinical practice, is co-host of the popular Dear Therapists podcast, and writes The Atlantic’s “Dear Therapist” advice column. Additionally, she has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, and NPR’s Fresh Air as a therapy expert, and her 2019 Ted Talk was one of the most-watched of the year.

Gottlieb's online event is made possible by Illinois Libraries Present, a statewide collaboration among public libraries offering premier events. ILP is funded in part by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library, a department of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

The virtual program Surviving the Holidays with Lori Gottlieb will take place on December 6, participation in the 7 p.m. presentation is free, and more information is available by calling (309)732-7323 and visiting, and calling (309)755-3393 and visiting

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