I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t) (2007)
Having now finished this book I completely understand why the majority of its contents did not resonate with me—I was not the target audience. While some of the content still spoke to me, the majority of the book was written for women/females. I should have suspected this as this is the main audience for most of the author's works which are in turn based on their research. I guess I had hoped that Brown would finally get to diving into some depth about shame as it relates to men. Brown touches on men in the final chapters of the book but does not offer much of value; the notes offered seem more like an after thought and an attempt at saying, "see, I didn't forget about men." I really with Brown would focus some good attention to how her work differs when men are studies. With all of that said, I did appreciate the penultimate chapter, Practicing Connection in a Culture of Disconnection, but am disappointed that I had to slog through the remainder of the book—which was full of story example after story example, to get to it. I may be more cautious next time around before I pick up another one of her works.