The Doctor Is In is an autobiography by Dr. Ruth, most well known for being a sex therapist, but many probably don’t know about the rest of her life. I know I didn’t. This book tells her story on love, life and joie de vivre (translation: joy of life). The book begins with her family being taken away to concentration camps during the Holocaust, where they ended up being killed. Ruth (who at that point was known as Karola) ended up taking a bus with many other children to an orphanage. When she got a bit older, she was trained as a sniper and was actually quite good at it – she mentioned that her skill impressed her grandson when they go to fairs because although those games are often supposed to be rigged, she excels at them and can win lots of prizes!
She ended up getting a job at Planned Parenthood and thought it was crazy that they talked about sex all day. Little did she know that would end up guiding her career! This is a biography on Ruth’s life not a self-help book. It is great reading about Ruth’s life – all 4 foot 7 of her! The book ends with some questions from the audience.
Certainly a fascinating and interesting read and it’s nice to read about how she still tries to live a life filled with joi de vivre despite all that she has been put up against in her life.
I received a free e-copy in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.
About the Book
America’s best-loved therapist, Dr. Ruth, is known for her wise counsel on all matter of the heart. Here she shares private stories from her past and her present and her insights into living life to the fullest, at any age.
Everyone knows Dr. Ruth as the most famous and trusted sex therapist, but few people know she narrowly escaped death from the Holocaust, was raised in an orphanage in Switzerland, or that she was a sniper during Israel’s War of Independence. After years spent as a student in Paris, Dr. Ruth came to America dreaming of a new life though never expecting the dramatic turns that would take place. And at the age of eighty-seven, she is as spirited as ever.
Through intimate and funny stories, Dr. Ruth sheds light on how she’s learned to live a life filled with joie de vivre. And she shows readers how they too can learn to deal with tragedy and loss, challenges and success, all while nourishing an intellectual and emotional spark, and, above all, having fun! Hilarious, inspiring, and profound, The Doctor Is In will change the way you think about life and love, in all their limitless possibilities.