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Irvin D. Yalom, M.D., Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the Stanford University School of Medicine, is author of When Nietzsche Wept(winner of the 1993 Commonwealth Club gold medal for fiction), Loves Executioner, Every Day Gets a Little Closer(with Ginny Elkin)and classic textbooks Inpatient Group Psychotherapy and Existential Psychotherapy.
Psychotherapist   •   Writer   •   Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry

A New Book by Dr. Yalom Creatures of a Day: And Other Tales of Psychotherapy

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Like Love’s Executioner, which established Yalom’s preeminence as a storyteller illuminating the drama of existential therapy, Creatures of a Day is funny, earthy, and often shocking; it is a radically Click here to read "The Crooked Cure", the first of ten tales in this book. honest statement about the difficulties of human life, but also a celebration of some of the finest fruits — love, family, friendship — that life can bear. We are all creatures of a day. With Yalom as a guide, we can find in this book the means not just to make our own day bearable, but meaningful—and perhaps even joyful.

Advance Praise for Creatures of a Day:

"Poignant and beautiful insights from a wise therapist looking back on a career, a therapist who happens to be a writer I greatly admire — Creatures of a Day is just what the Doctor ordered."

 Abraham Verghese,
author of Cutting for Stone

"In Love's Executioner, Irv Yalom invented a new literary genre: narratives of psychotherapy with the pathos of great fiction and the insight of great essays. For those of us who learned so much from Yalom, the publication of Creatures of a Day is a reason to celebrate."

 Steven Pinker, author of How the Mind Works and The Sense of Style

"Irvin Yalom has produced a book of such piercing depth that to enter into it is transformative. You feel less like you are reading Creatures of a Day than that it is reading you. Only a handful of books can accomplish such a feat. Give praise that one more has entered this rare and precious list."

 Rebecca Newberger Goldstein
McArthur Fellow and author of Plato at the Googleplex and Betraying Spinoza

American Journal of Psychiatry Review

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February 24, 2015

About Irvin D. Yalom

Dr. Yalom is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Stanford University and the author of several highly acclaimed textbooks, including Existential Psychotherapy and The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy. He is also the author of stories and novels related to psychotherapy, including Love's Executioner, When Nietzsche Wept, Lying on the Couch, Momma and the Meaning of Life, and The Schopenhauer Cure. His latest non-fiction book is Staring at the Sun: Overcoming the Terror of Death.