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The Thief of Happiness

The Story of an Extraordinary Psychotherapy

Bonnie Friedman


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The Thief of Happiness is the story of a sevenyear therapy between the author and the mysterious Dr. Sing-a therapy that was part cult of two, part enchantment, and part love story. In an age when the great and subtle gifts of

therapy are downplayed in favor of psychopharmacology, Friedman has written the most detailed and vivid portrayal yet of what actually goes on between therapist and patient.

Praise For The Thief of Happiness: The Story of an Extraordinary Psychotherapy

'Compulsively readable.' --Francine Prose, O: The Oprah Magazine

'[S]trangely profound. . . . [an author] with a great eye for detail.' --Joshua Wolf Shenk, The Washington Post

'[E]xcellent in the way H.D.'s [Tribute to Freud] is: it illuminates the intricate, murky relationship between therapy and real life. . . . Friedman is at her best when relaying the delicately nuanced exchanges that occur between the

patient and therapist. . . . The book could, like Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird, develop a cult following.' --Publishers Weekly

'The memoir is sometimes dismissed as a genre for the self-absorbed and self-pitying, yet The Thief of Happiness is neither. . . . An impressive accomplishment and a fine addition to the existing literature on therapy.' --Carmela Ciuraru, Forward

Beacon Press, 9780807072479, 288pp.

Publication Date: January 20, 2003

About the Author

Bonnie Friedman is widely known as a'writer's writer.' Her Writing Past Dark: Envy, Fear, Distraction, and Other Dilemmas in the Writer's Life was on the Village Voice best-seller list in 1994. Her work is anthologized in many

writing textbooks and collections like The Best Writing on Writing. It has also appeared in The New York Times, Self, Redbook, and Ladies Home Journal. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.