"If you assume the world is what you make it, then of course what you make will look like the world"

  Pretty As A Picture

   A novel by Elizabeth Little


from​ The Bark magazine

"I didn't understand the magic of those words then, and I don't understand it now. I know only this: that when my mother told me she had not been the mother to me that she wished she'd been, she became that mother for the first time."

 A memoir by Tara Westover

Individual, Couple, Family and Group Therapy 

"Maybe that's what all lives were, though. Maybe even the most seemingly perfectly intense or worthwhile lives ultimately felt the same. Acres of disappointment and monotony and hurts and rivalries but with flashes of wonder and beauty."

   The Midnight Library

   A novel by Matt Haig

Janice Shapiro, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT CA Lic. #86051

"The bond between parent and child was all-consuming, and yet its power was not cumulative. It had to be remade again and again."

     Friends and Strangers

A novel by J. Courtney Sullivan


"Loss brings pain. Yes. But pain triggers memory. And memory is a kind of new birth, within each of us. And it is that new birth after long pain, that resurrection - in memory - that, to our surprise, perhaps, comforts us."

  While I Was Gone

  A novel by Sue Miller

"The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there."

   The Go-Between

  A novel by L.P. Hartley

The words in stories can be profound with special meanings only to us. Each individual will interpret the meanings within these quotations differently according to our own life experiences. 

Reading RX offers a selection of quotations from novels and memoirs that we have used when our Bibliotherapy With Janice group first gets together.