Jewish Book Council Author Talk

Meredith Goldstein, Boston Globe Advice Columnist and Author of Can’t Help Myself: Lessons and Confessions From a Modern Advice Columnist

Thursday, August 9 at 11:00 A.M.

Free and open to the public

Book sales handled by Eight Cousins Bookstore

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 Can’t Help Myself is everything we need right now. Meredith is hilarious, smart, and-as you will learn-gives excellent advice without judgment. By the time I got to page two, I was already asking myself, 'how are we not friends?' Every page is a combination of relatable, funny, cringeworthy, and helpful. This book is evidence that none of us is alone, ever.

–Alyssa Mastromonaco, New York Times Bestselling author of Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?

Join Meredith Goldstein for a talk about her most recent book, Can't Help Myself: Lessons and Confessions From A Modern Advice Columnist, a disarmingly honest and often hilarious memoir about giving advice when you’re not sure what you’re doing yourself, based on Goldstein’s popular Love Letters column in The Boston Globe.

Every day, Boston Globe advice columnist Meredith Goldstein takes on the relationship problems of thousands of dedicated readers. They look to her for wisdom on all matters of the heart- how to cope with dating fatigue and infidelity, work romances, tired marriages, true love, and true loss. In her column, she has it all figured out, but in her real life she is a lot less certain. Whether it's her own reservations about the traditional path of marriage and family, her difficulty finding someone she truly connects with, or the evolution of her friendships as her friends start to have their own families, Meredith finds herself looking for insight, just like her readers. As she searches for responses to their concerns, she's surprised to discover answers to her own. But it's after her mother is diagnosed with cancer that she truly realizes how special her Love Letters community is, how this column has enriched her life as much, if not more than, it has for its readers.

Meredith's advice column, Love Letters, is a daily dispatch of wisdom for the lovelorn that has been running online and in the paper since 2009 and in podcast form starting this year. Goldstein’s previous books include Chemistry Lessons Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), a young adult novel about a young woman who uses science to manipulate her love life and The Singles, a novel about a group of dateless guests at a wedding. Read more about Ms. Goldstein at