The Thief of Happiness by Bonnie Friedman
The Story of an Extraordinary Psychotherapy

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"Compulsively readable."

Francine Prose, O: The Oprah Magazine

The Thief of Happiness is the story of a seven year 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.

"[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

About Bonnie Friedman

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Romance author Jayne Ann Krentz was born in Borrego Springs, California on March 28, 1948. She received a B.A. in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Masters degree in library science from San Jose State University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a librarian. Her novels include: Truth or Dare, All Night Long, and Copper Beach. She has written under seven different names: Jayne Bentley, Amanda Glass, Stephanie James, Jayne Taylor, Jayne Castle, Amanda Quick and Jayne Ann Krentz. Her first book, Gentle Pirate, was published in 1980 under the name Jayne Castle. She currently uses only three personas to represent her three specialties. She uses the name Jayne Ann Krentz for her contemporary pieces, Amanda Quick for her historical fiction pieces, and Jayne Castle for her futuristic pieces. She has received numerous awards for her work including the 1995 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Trust Me, the 2004 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Falling Awake, the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, the Romantic Times Jane Austen Award, and the Susan Koppelman Award for Feminist Studies for Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance.
Published January 13, 2002 by Beacon Press. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction

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Within two weeks, Friedman was writing page after page, and became obsessed with her therapist.

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As a result, she identified Sing as the source of her inspiration, and an intense infatuation resulted: "Little mattered now beside Harriet Sing.

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