Novels by Sandy Kirschenbaum
Novels by Sandy Kirschenbaum
Having just finished reading "The Archives of Her Mind", I want to echo the other reviewer's sentiment, "we need a sequel". The author creates a compelling character that takes us along on her journey of acceptance. Acceptance of herself and acceptance of her family (faults and all). The author has created a character in Sophie that is relatable and pulls you into her struggle. I wanted to jump into the story and take care of her family issues for her! If you are looking for a well-written, thought provoking novel with engaging characters, then look no further than "The Archives of Her Mind". You won't be disappointed. One last point: having all the "present time" scenes in the book take place in the therapist's office, gave the book a stage play feel for me. In my mind, I could totally see this playing on the stage as I read along.
I recently finished reading “The Archives of Her Mind” and just had to write a review. It was really good! I don’t know how to characterize it...it wasn’t quite a novel, not really a psychology book, but something in-between that was very unique. It reminded me of the HBO show “In Treatment.” You are present in a therapist’s office as the patient slowly reveals her innermost experiences and feelings over time. I tried to analyze the main character Sophie as her therapist Nathan learned more about her. Then I spent just as much time examining my own behaviors and experiences in a new way, and looking at my dreams (and nightmares) with new insight. This is a thought-provoking story with a character I liked and could relate to, even though my personal experiences were not the same as hers. The author made therapy so accessible and almost enjoyable. (Now if she could only point me to a therapist as good as Nathan...) I was so sorry when the book ended and Sophie left Nathan’s office for the final time. We need a sequel to find out how the rest of her life turns out!
The Archives of Her Mind is a thought-provoking journey following Sophie and her therapist, Nathan. Each chapter takes place in Nathan's office as we watch their relationship grow, flourish and eventually triumph as Sophie feels more and more comfortable sharing the troubling incidents in her past. The unique quality of this book is that not only are Sophie's issues shared and put into perspective, but the reader as well can benefit from the brilliance and kindness of Nathan. I guess the only way to sum it up is to say that it was a beneficial learning experience for Sophie as well as the reader. It would be hard to finish this book and not come away with some valuable life lessons. I wanted the book to keep going so I could find out how Sophie incorporated her therapy into her own life. It's a must-read for anyone who questions their own insecurities and life experiences and will stay with you long after you have finished the last page.
Original and Entertaining. A fascinating story of emotional abuse, Kirschenbaum's rendering of a toxic relationship is a consummate case study of the power of healing therapy. The lively and humorous dialog between Sophie and Dr. Russell is interspersed with events that Sophie brings to life for the reader. It works. Witty, yet profound, The Archives of Her Mind is insightful and a must read for anyone questioning the dynamics of a long-standing relationship.
The Archives of Her Mind is complex and empowering. With the help of her therapist, Sophie Libusier begins to understand the reason for her nightmares and insecurities. Fascinating how each scene takes place in the therapist’s office. Through their dialogue you learn about her life and the challenges she has faced. I felt like I was right there with them. I had total empathy for Sophie and can’t say I haven’t been in a few of the situations she encountered. Great book! Thank you for writing it.
Amazing how our mind can play tricks on us and protect us by suppressing painful memories. Sophie’s silence in her early years is something a lot of women can relate to—it’s heartbreaking. I love the woman she became. Couldn’t help but feel extreme sadness when I saw how she was treated as a child. Scary how a single hateful person can cause so much damage to an innocent victim. Unfortunately, too many people will be able to relate to Sophie’s sadness.
Wow! This was a great book. I loved Dr. Russell. As I read it, I could see the issues developing and was hoping for Sophie to see them as well. The entire book seemed honest and real. I couldn’t put it down
Sad story in so many ways, but also encouraging and uplifting when you see what good can come despite bad. Sophie is loveable and sweet. Her kindness and concern for others seemed to be her biggest downfalls in life. Thankfully, her therapist guides her through putting the pieces of her past together and finding the answers for which she so desperately searched.
Early on I could see the challenges Sophie Libusier faced. I love how patient her therapist, Dr. Nathan Russell, was in guiding her to discovery. I enjoyed watching Sophie grow with each chapter and was cheering her on the entire way. I was shocked by the hateful and hurtful behavior she endured. She seemed so real to me that I wanted to learn more about her to see how she continued to grow.