The Choice by Edith Eger

The Choice

A powerful, moving memoir—and a practical guide to healing—written by Dr. Edith Eva Eger, an eminent psychologist whose own experiences as a Holocaust survivor help her treat patients and allow them to escape the prisons of their own minds.Edith Eger was sixteen years old when the Nazis came to her hometown in Hungary and took her Jewish family to an interment center and then to Auschwitz. Her parents were sent to the gas chamber by Joseph Me...

Details The Choice

TitleThe Choice
Release DateSep 5th, 2017
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, World War II, Holocaust, History, Biography, Psychology, War

Reviews The Choice

  • Kathleen
    This is a beautiful, absolutely pitch-perfect memoir by Dr. Edith Eger. I was not familiar with Dr. Eger prior to reading this, and I am grateful to her for sharing her story. The book is organized into four sections: Prison, Escape, Freedom, and Healing. I would describe it as three parts memoir, one part therapy. It would be enough, simply for nanogeneraian Dr. Eger to tell us her story and share the important events she witnessed in her lifeti...
  • Samantha
    I will admit that I did not expect to enjoy this book. I thought it was going to be another holocaust memoir with a hint of psychological analysis. But man, was I wrong.This book was beautifully written, and was a struggle to put down every night. This book was a small exercise in self-help, disguised as a gorgeous memoir. The Choice has genuinely made me change how I think about life. I would highly recommend this book.
  • Ruth O'hagan
    This was one of the most beautiful and inspiring books I have ever read. Edith tells the story her extraordinary. The main premise of the book is how she highlights her extraordinary experience as a Holocaust survivor and the how she learned to heal herself. Edith gently takes the reader by the hand vividly guides the reader on a journey of her past and present through this book. The most compelling section of the book is when she retells her exp...
  • Lola Et La Vie
    I knew from the start this book would touch me. I generally avoid books about WWII and concentrations camps, their horrors too much for me to contemplate. Yet, I felt compelled to read this book. The reason being that from the description I gathered this was about a woman who had survived and gone on to use her strength to help others with their trauma.No, this was not an easy read. When she takes us into Auschwitz and tells us about the horrors ...
  • Jaike
    Ik heb zo veel emoties gevoeld tijdens het lezen. Niet te beschrijven. Recensie volgt snel.
  • Maria João Trindade
    No words to describe this. It's life-changing and I will never forget what I read here. Thank you so much for sharing your story, Dr. Eger. It truly was one of the most inspiring books I've ever read.
  • Angela Smith
    This is truly an inspirational story of how the author went to Auschwitz and unlike so many others, she survived to share her story. Her story is not just about the terrible things she saw and suffered there but also how she managed to go on living after it happened and turned it in to something positive to help others going through struggles in their lives, be it PTSD, addiction, loss. The things that happened were truly horrendous but she chose...
  • Christine Fay
    Dr. Eger writes succinctly and passionately about enduring the horrors of the Holocaust and interweaving the stories of others who endured similar traumas and tragedies. Think of Elie Wiesel’s Night, and then multiply that by ten, and you’ve got this book. It’s a story of hope when all seems hopeless. It’s a story of triumph when all around her is tragedy. It’s a story that when read, makes us a little more human, a little more intellig...
  • Milly Cohen
    Me maravilla el ser humano. Su potencial. Su fuerza. Su fe. Su transformación.Esta mujer me maravilla aun más. Por su humor. Por su vitalidad. Por su historia (para mi no existe eso de "una historia más del mismo tema"). No creo haber leído a ningún sobreviviente del Holocausto, aun vivo, con tanta preparación y sabiduría. Y dulzura.No lo entiendo. No entiendo cómo se puede lograr tanto luego de lo otro, y muchos no logramos nada, sin hab...
  • Dawn
    I finished this book last month but finally adding it on here after the holidays. Profound and unbelievable. Gathering my thoughts and will post review soon. I will note now that this is hands down the best audio narration I’ve ever listened to. Actress Tovah Feldshuh was superb.
  • Amanda
    I could say a lot about this completely enthralling memoir but I am going to leave that for you to self discover on your own journey...for this book is life changing.
  • Esther
    Descubrí esta novela mientras paseaba entre las novedades de la editorial y como el título captó mi atención (yo y mi obsesión por Auschwitz), decidí leer la sinopsis. Seguramente ya sabréis lo mucho que me gusta la novela histórica, más aún las que se ambientan en la Segunda Guerra Mundial, pero si a todo eso le añadimos que esta está basada en hechos reales tened por seguro que la voy a leer. Et voilà! La editorial me cedió un eje...
  • Lou
    The ballerina that got away and helped others in troubles to have a second or third choice in life. Some sentences shock, potent prose of hauntingly retelling in the memoir part, and then her forbearingness, compassion, and great advising in the helping others part of this work.She tells, the author Dr. Edith Eva Eger, of her days vividly, from her darkest days of captivity from Factory to factory, loaded from Train to train and then Shower of on...
  • Theut
    Mi aspettavo un libro diverso (ma non per questo sono rimasta delusa): non pensavo che la vita dell'autrice avesse tanta parte all'interno dell'economia del libro. Mi ha colpita non solo la descrizione della sua vita ad Auschwitz, ma anche (e forse soprattutto) il dopo: il dolore, la negazione e l'essere "interrotti" come essere umani dopo una simile esperienza, e come lei ha fatto (e ha aiutato molti) ad andare oltre e riprendersi la propria vit...
  • Lissa
    When Dr. Edith Eger was sixteen years old, she was rounded up from her home in Hungary and sent to Auschwitz concentration camp. Separated from her mother and father, who were sent straight to their deaths, she and her sister were forced into horrible circumstances where every choice made for them could have life-ending consequences. Through the years, as she went on with her life, immigrated to America and became a clinical Psychiatrist, she has...
  • Latkins
    It's hard to find words to describe this book. On the one hand, it's a memoir of Edith Eger's life, not just how she survived being sent to Auschwitz at the age of 16 with her parents and sister Magda, but also how she coped with her life afterwards, and the guilt of surviving when her parents and so many others were murdered. On the other, it's a book that the reader can find inspiration in for their own lives. After emigrating to America, Edith...
  • Kirsti
    I first saw an article about this book on my Facebook wall (Daily mail maybe?) and popped it on my to-read list, knowing I'd keep my eye out for a copy. I was lucky enough to be selected on Netgalley to read this a few days later (thank you!) but I wasn't in the right mind space to read it. I knew I would have to be open to this story and not let the sadness of it overwhelm me, because it was about a truly horrific event and would be deeply perso...
  • Zoe
    Not quite the must-read I'd been led to believe it would be given the rave reviews this has had but an interesting and moving read, especially during the first 2/3s of the book which focuses on Eger's own life experience rather than case studies from her professional life. Seems rather a small thing to focus on but her repeated use of "Honey", to address clients grated (it seemed uncharacteristically unprofessional, but maybe this is a UK/US thin...
  • Merrilee Gibson
    As a psychotherapist, I was looking at this book from at least two perspectives: the first, my response to a truly amazing and moving life story; the second, how Dr. Eger’s book might be used to help patients facing traumatic memories.I am in awe of Dr. Eger--she demonstrates an extraordinary degree of resilience combined with an equally rare gift for forgiveness. Some have said that, when life hands you a lemon, make lemonade. But Dr. Eger has...
  • Lynne
    I didn't think I wanted to read another book about the Holocaust, but this one was a stand-out. Edith Eger was sent to Auschwitz along with her parents and one sister when she was still a teenager. Her ability to survive and keep hope alive in horrendous circumstances reflects the experiences of others such as Corrie ten Boom and Viktor Frankl, who she later met. After liberation, she moved to the US with her husband and baby where she trained in...
  • Phyu Hninn Nyein
    A personal account on how one chooses to survive, to thrive and to be free. Reading her biography makes me feel inspired to be stronger and to take control of my life. We should always remember the difference between victimization and victimhood.My favorite quote: "We are all likely to be victimized in some way in the course of our lives. ... We become victims not because of what happens to us but when we choose to hold on to our victimization."
  • Julie
    This is quite the amazing memoir. Edith was 16 years old when the Nazis sent her and her family to Auschwitz. There through a remarkable set of challenges her and her sister were able to survive when many others perished.As an adult she has become a renowned psychologist and in this book she describes how many of the things she learned have been able to help her with her own healing. Remarkable.
  • timv
    Well written, brutally honest, well constructed, and riveting memoir. I could’ve done without the case studies in the final section, because I thought the story had been well told by that point and more case studies was just piling on. But this is just a very minor quibble in the context of such a monumental story.
  • Bachyboy
    This is one of those books that changes your perspective on life. Eger is taken with her family to Auschwitz where she loses both parents. This part of the book is understandedly awful but by some miracle she survives. The next section of the book deals with her grief and guilt. She emigrates to America where she specialises in the psychology of survival and the choices we have about our lives. The book has a number of very interesting case studi...
  • Pierke
    Wat een liefde. Wat een kracht. Tranen... maar niet te lang. Op naar het volgende stuk. Eger schrijft uit persoonlijke motivatie om te genezen en daar mogen wij deel vanuit maken. En je kunt wat vinden over haar schrijfstijl maar daar gaat het nu eens een keer niet om. Wat niet betekent dat het niet lekker leest. Integendeel. Een boek wat dient als waarschuwing. Wat werkt als zelfhulpboek. Wat daadwerkelijk keuzes laat maken...
  • Lauren
    Choose to read this with an open heart and mind and you will find freedom in these pages. This book will save lives. Man's Search for Meaning finally has found its match from its author's friend, colleague, and fellow Shoah survivor.
  • Tess
    What a book - horror, misery, violence, tragedy, escape, joy, triumph, reflection. All seen through Dr. Eger's always honest, frequently poetic prose. It would be a better world if everyone read this book.
  • Kelly Brill
    Books are subjective, of course. The review of The Choice in the New York Times Book Review was superlative, leading me to hold extremely high expectations for it. In my opinion, it is a very good book, but not quite “mind-blowing”. If one has read a lot of Holocaust literature and is conversant in positive psychology it may not seem completely original. Still…Edith Eger is a remarkable person, one definitely worth knowing, and she tells he...
  • Kiwiflora
    Ordinary lives destroyed by wars, man's inhumanity and incomprehensible cruelty to their fellows. Again and again we read harrowing and horrific accounts of the ordeals that people go through when their country, their city, their home is invaded. And yet people survive all this, be it 99% luck and 1% willpower, or some other distorted ratio, not everyone dies. You wonder would yourself survive? How would you? Would you want to? And what happens a...