Bill Scheft has created a sad-sack hero with the exuberant narrative verve of a character out of Philip Roth or Saul Bellow (think Portnoy or Herzog).
Scott Stossel, editor of The Atlantic and the author of the bestselling memoir My Age of Anxiety

Shrink Thyself by Bill Scheft

In Shrink Thyself, Charlie Traub decides to leave psychotherapy and live the unexamined life. A noble goal, which would be even more noble if his former therapist (now his friend) didn’t turn out to be beyond inappropriate and his mother didn’t die in a way that would have made Freud transfer to dental school. Despite all unexamined evidence to the contrary, Charlie just might be unable to accept that wherever he goes, there he is.

 

Shrink Thyself: A Novel

by Bill Scheft

In Shrink Thyself, Charlie Traub decides to leave psychotherapy and live the unexamined life. A noble goal, which would be even more noble if his former therapist (now his friend) didn’t turn out to be beyond inappropriate and his mother didn’t die in a way that would have made Freud transfer to dental school. Despite all unexamined evidence to the contrary, Charlie just might be unable to accept that wherever he goes, there he is.

Rare Bird Books, A Vireo Book
Hardcover, 2014: 9781940207117
US $23.95 | Fiction
Also available in ebook formats

There’s nothing that makes me happier than a Bill Scheft novel. Shrink Thyself, his best yet, is a hilarious, unexpectedly moving, page-turning delight.
Maria Semple, New York Times bestselling author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

BILL SCHEFT is the author of three previous novels. His second, Time Won’t Let Me, was a finalist for the 2006 Thurber Prize for American Humor. A staff writer for David Letterman since 1991, he has been nominated for 16 Emmys. He has also written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Esquire, and Sports Illustrated. He lives in New York City with his wife, comedian Adrianne Tolsch, and the voices in his head.

BILL SCHEFT is the author of three previous novels. His second, Time Won’t Let Me, was a finalist for the 2006 Thurber Prize for American Humor. A staff writer for David Letterman since 1991, he has been nominated for 16 Emmys. He has also written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Esquire, and Sports Illustrated. He lives in New York City with his wife, comedian Adrianne Tolsch, and the voices in his head.

If I knew how to write blurbs properly, I’d be able to impart to you what a smart, hilarious, carefully detailed voice Bill Scheft has as a writer and it would inspire you to buy this book. While I’m figuring that out, just go ahead and buy this book. I promise I’ll send you that blurb when I get it finished.
Merrill Markoe, author of Cool, Calm & Contentious and The Psycho Ex Game
A hilarious ‘coming of middle age’ story where we follow Charlie Traub, a man who might need therapy to recover from his therapy. Bill Scheft is already in the Comedy Hall of Fame. With Shrink Thyself, he reminds us why.
Steve Hely, author of How I Became a Famous Novelist, Winner of the 2010 Thurber Prize for American Humor
 

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