The Good Psychologist

By Noam Shpancer; William Dufris (Narrator)
(Tantor Media, Compact Disc, 9781400149278)

Publication Date: August 2010

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback, Paperback, Hardcover, Compact Disc, MP3 CD

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the August 2010 Indie Notables
“This is a quiet, lovely, luminous book, a gentle treasure. The psychologist is treating a stripper afraid to strip, teaching a class where the brightest student is also the most disturbed, and trying to reconcile the needs in his private life. He has loved but perhaps not wisely. His paramour, a fellow psychologist, is married. They have a child the psychologist has never met. As he engages his students and listens to the secrets of the anxiety ridden stripper, he begins to face the hollowness in his own life.”
-- Deon Stonehouse, Sunriver Books, Sunriver, OR


The Good Psychologist is Noam Shpancer's stunning debut novel about a psychologist who becomes too deeply involved with a patient and winds up shaking the foundations of his own precariously balanced life.

About the Author

Noam Shpancer was born and raised on an Israeli kibbutz. He received his Ph.D. at Purdue University, with specialty areas in clinical and developmental psychology. He is a professor of psychology at Otterbein College and a licensed practicing clinical psychologist. Noam lives in Columbus, Ohio. William Dufris began his audio career doing radio plays, audiobooks, film/animation dubbing, and language tapes in London, where he lived for thirteen years. While there, he had the honor of sharing the microphone in a number of BBC Radio plays with Kathleen Turner, Sharon Gless, Stockard Channing, and Helena Bonham-Carter. These experiences led him to cofound two audio production companies: The Story Circle Ltd. and Mind's Eye Productions. He has also acted on stage and television in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany. William is the original voice of Bob (and Farmer Pickles/Mr. Beasley/Mr. Sabatini) in the popular children's show Bob the Builder for the United States and Canada (Series 1–9). He produces, directs, acts and engineers for his audio theatre company, Rocky Coast Radio Theatre. He has been nominated nine times as a finalist for the APA's prestigious Audie Award and has garnered twenty-one Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine, which also named him one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century, as well as one of the Best Voices of the Year in 2008 and 2009.

Praise For The Good Psychologist

"Intelligent and (dare one say?) deeply psychologized fiction.... Shpancer strikes a beautiful balance between the analytical and the personal, the tormented subjectivity of the patient and the arduous objectivity of the psychologist." ---Kirkus Starred Review

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