Wednesday, January 24, 7pm
St. Louis Public Library - Schlafly Branch
Left Bank Books and Maryville Talks Books welcome renowned psychiatrist and author Mark Epstein, who will sign and discuss his new book, Advice Not Given: A Guide to Getting Over Yourself!
Our ego, and its accompanying sense of nagging self-doubt as we work to be bigger, better, smarter, and more in control, is one affliction we all share. And, while our ego claims to have our best interests at heart, in its never-ending pursuit of attention and power, it sabotages the very goals it sets to achieve. In Advice Not Given, Dr. Mark Epstein reveals how Buddhism and Western psychotherapy, two traditions that developed in entirely different times and places, both identify the ego as the limiting factor in our well-being, and both come to the same conclusion: When we give the ego free reign, we suffer; but when it learns to let go, we are free.
“The wisdom [Epstein] imparts in Advice Not Given is an act of generosity and compassion. The book is a tonic for the ailments of our time.”
—Ann Patchett, Commonwealth
This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Advice Not Given from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.