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Meredith Goldstein

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Meredith Goldstein


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

There will be a standby line at the door

This event includes a book signing

Harvard Book Store welcomes Boston Globe “Love Letters” columnist and features writer MEREDITH GOLDSTEIN for a discussion of her debut memoir, Can’t Help Myself: Lessons & Confessions from a Modern Advice Columnist. She will be joined in conversation by Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist SACHA PFEIFFER of the Boston Globe Spotlight Team.

About Can’t Help Myself

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.


Can’t Help Myself is everything we need right now. Meredith is hilarious, smart, and as you will learn, gives excellent advice without judgment. By the time I got to page two, I was already asking myself, ‘how are we not friends?’ Every page is a combination of relatable, funny, cringe-worthy, and helpful. This book is evidence that none of us is alone, ever.” ―Alyssa Mastromonaco, New York Times bestselling author of Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?

“Meredith Goldstein’s warm, witty memoir about tending to an ailing mother and fraught love life while giving sage advice to strangers, offers a new perspective on the eternally confounding questions of love, sex, and friendship.” ―Ada Calhoun, author of Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give

“To say this book made me laugh and cry doesn’t do justice to how many times it made me snort and deeply moved me. In this hilarious and heartwarming quest for answers, Meredith Goldstein is as wise as she is fallible, as compassionate as she is prescriptive, and a true maven of the heart.” ―Faith Salie, author of Approval Junkie

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Meredith Goldstein

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: Lessons & Confessions from a Modern Advice Columnist. Meredith was raised in Maryland and lives in Boston with a David Bowie doll and a full-size cotton candy machine.


Sacha Pfeiffer

Sacha Pfeiffer is a columnist and reporter covering nonprofits, philanthropy and wealth, and was on the Spotlight investigative team that won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for its stories on clergy sex abuse. She has also been a senior reporter and host of All Things Considered and Radio Boston at WBUR, Boston’s NPR station, and a host of NPR’s nationally syndicated Here & Now. At WBUR she won a national Edward R. Murrow Award for broadcast reporting. Pfeiffer was a John S. Knight journalism fellow at Stanford University and co-authored Betrayal: The Crisis in the Catholic Church.