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New York Times Book Review – April 16, 2006
“By analyzing case studies both civilian and celebrity... [Saltz] endeavors
to explain why ordinary people, and not just superheroes, create alter egos…
In titillating anecdotes, Saltz describes killers, addicts, cheaters (on
wives and taxes), a teenage wallflower murdered by her secret online love.
Offering a less guilty pleasure - it's history - are her analyses of
Lindbergh and Lawrence… Saltz is detailed and thoughtful in her inquiry,
acknowledging the limits of psychoanalyzing... and Saltz writes with
eloquence and sophistication.”
-- Lynn Harris
Publishers Weekly – February 27, 2006
“Saltz takes us on an engrossing and voyeuristic journey through the secret
lives of several people, some composites from her psychoanalytic practice...
The difference between keeping a secret and living a secret life is one of
degree, says Saltz, and the most malignant secrets are the ones that remain
in our unconscious, causing us to repeatedly act out. While most people's
secrets aren't as dramatic as the stories related here, this book serves as
a cautionary tale of how a secret is formed, lived, justified—and eventually