It is a joy to read Irvin D. Yalom’s books. He is a gifted storyteller and his books are deeply insightful and honest. In the  Creatures of a Day he describes ten stories, lessons in psychotherapy. The patients in these stories were grappling with existential issues, such as how to have a meaningful life and have to deal with anxiety about aging, death, or loss of a loved one

Psychotherapy is a dialog between two people or a group of people. It is a profession that exists behind closed doors, but Yalom allows us the chance to eavesdrop, discovering truths about ourselves at the same time. By combatting our own demons, he encourages us be truthful to ourselves, to resolve to change, to grow.

It is a deeply knowledgeable, wonderful and humane book.