Janet Reibstein, author of Good Relations: Cracking the code of how to get on better recommends an excellent list of books! Before jumping into the interview, please check out Janet's book:
Q. Do you have a favourite smart thinking book (and why that book)?
My favourite smart thinking book is one I used to use as a text when I was teaching undergraduates at the University of Exeter, and many of my students were as affected and educated by it as I had been when I’d first read it, in the early years of my clinical practice in psychology. It’s called Love’s Executioner and Other Tales of Psychotherapy, by the psychiatrist and psychotherapist, Irvin Yalom. The tales read captivatingly, like short stories, but the wisdom about love and the struggles to manage through the course of life is sharply woven through them, as you also are guided through the therapeutic process. It’s a very smooth way to become educated in some key principles of therapy, but also, profoundly, about change and growth more generally.
Q. What's the most recent smart thinking book you've read (and how would you rate it)?
I’ve recently read The Teen Interpreter by Terri Apter, and I was wowed by its ability to convey what being an adolescent feels like and why, with fairness, justice and empathy to both sides who live through this challenging and complex period of both development and parenthood. It wears its deep research and knowledge very lightly — you can be confident in the very useful tips Apter gives in each chapter— to cover its subject really engagingly. I have recommended it to parents of teens, in particular, but it also helps anyone reflect back on that curious time of life with more understanding, and affection even. 5 stars.
Q. Do you have a favourite childhood book?
I had one book that I’ve recently re-found and re-read with almost as much pleasure I remember when I’d read it at around age nine: Half-Magic, by Edward Eager. It was witty and magical in a completely unexpected way. I also devoured the Mary Poppins books, liking them for similar reasons.
Q. Do you prefer reading on paper, Kindle or listening to an audiobook?
Always on paper, but I have to confess that I also sometimes have a copy on Kindle because I often wake up in the middle of the night and read myself back to sleep; it means I don’t have to turn on a light which would wake my husband. On holiday I load up on books on Kindle so I don’t have the weight of hard copies. But, all things being equal, it’s physical-book- in-hand every time, especially ones that are beautifully designed.
Q. Do you have a favourite bookshop (and why that shop)?
I love Daunts Books on Marylebone High Street. My practice office used to be in that area so I’d go in often, but as my office has moved I’ve missed going there. The books are beautifully laid out and you aren’t overwhelmed— everything looks accessible, and you wander through as if in a sweet shop. In Bristol the Waterstones in Clifton has that same ambience and it’s also a treat to go in there.
Many thanks to Janet for recommending an excellent list of books! Please don't forget to check out Janet's book Good Relations: Cracking the code of how to get on better.
Image Copyrights: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (Good Relations), Basic Books (Love's Executioner), WW Norton & Co (The Teen Intepreter), Clarion Books (Half Magic).