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Can't Help Myself: Lessons & Confessions from a Modern Advice Columnist

Can't Help Myself: Lessons & Confessions from a Modern Advice Columnist

by Meredith Goldstein


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A disarmingly honest memoir about giving advice when you're not sure what you're doing yourself, by the woman behind The Boston Globe's Love Letters column.

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.

Can't Help Myself is the extraordinary (and often hilarious) story of a single woman navigating her mercurial love life, and a moving and poignant portrait of an amazing community of big-hearted, love-seeking allies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455543779
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Meredith Goldstein is an advice columnist and entertainment reporter for the Boston Globe. In 2009, she began writing Love Letters, which inspired her memoir/essay collection, Can't Help Myself. Meredith was raised in Maryland, and lives in Boston with a David Bowie doll and a full-size cotton candy machine.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

1 Help Me, Help You 1

2 You Make Me Wanna Snoop 16

3 The Rachels 34

4 The Company Ink 52

5 Fangs 68

6 Behave Yourself 85

7 The Salon 101

8 Man Up 113

9 Cursed 126

10 The Nucleus 138

11 Draco 151

12 Sickness and Health 167

13 Ring Watch 185

14 Dad 196

15 Grilled Cheese 211

16 Yo-Yo Ma 223

17 IRL (One Year Later) 243

Epilogue 248

Acknowledgments 257

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