Advice-columnist and novelist Goldstein’s (The Singles, 2012) first nonfiction book cheerfully combines memoir and generous excerpts from her 'Love Letters' column in the Boston Globe ... The book neatly balances heartbreak and humor, as Goldstein’s story intertwines with those of her many correspondents.
Goldstein weaves in a deeply poignant story of her beloved single mom’s stage four cancer, her older sister’s December-May relationship, and her own ever-stumbling love life ... Of course she does both with incredible sensitivity and tact, but she also opens up the whole helper genre by inviting her thousands of readers (with names like Rico and Hoss) to weigh in as well ... Wryly funny and deeply moving, Can’t Help Myself is a misnomer because Goldstein most certainly, with humor and feeling, does. And she helps others too.
In Can’t Help Myself: Lessons & Confessions from a Modern Advice Columnist, out April 3 from Grand Central Publishing, Goldstein gets even more intimate with her readers. Can’t Help Myself is part-memoir of family, love, and finding yourself; part collection of some of Love Letters’ most memorable columns; part history of the origins of the column itself. It’s funny, it’s enormously relatable, it’ll make you want to subscribe to The Boston Globe immediately.