Hatching Charlie: A Psychotherapist’s Tale by Charles C. McCormack (Book Review #235)

This review was requested by Charles C. McCormack

Hatching Charlie is an autobiography and a quest story. I normally tend to provide a brief summary of the books I review. However, in this case, I believe the author does such a great job that I am going to quote him instead.

“It interweaves the life of Charles McCormack with his becoming a psychotherapist. Born into a violent home, Charlie is then abandoned in a French boarding school at age eleven. There he is again abused. Unable to speak the language, isolated, and confused he struggles to make sense of the world and his place in it. He fails high school, is expelled from college, and goes on an odyssey to Mexico. He then pursues a career as a psychotherapist, suffers PTSD following the suicide of a patient, begins writing, becomes published, and encounters professional success. He is invited to join the faculty of the Washington School of Psychiatry and named the Clinical Social Worker of the Year in Maryland. Yet, his personal life is in shambles. He divorces twice, confronts mental illness in his family, and begins to recognize and confront the impact of his early years on his capacity for love and loving, fathering and grandfathering. He wonders, “What is life about? What is love and loving?” His answers will surprise you.”

The story is written with an exceptionally well and thoughtful manner. It is deeply insightful and humorous. The literary standard is outstanding and the story is written with such lyrical form to entice you emotionally with the main character.


The book consists of 7 parts which hold 38 chapters. The story is written with a smooth pace and layout. The connectivity between the storyline and the setting is very well put together. I particularly enjoyed the core truthfulness of the approach. In no way does the author sugar coat anything and that makes this work genuine and different to others. I believe anyone majoring in psychology or is interested in reading on similar topics will enjoy this book.



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