Whether you remember her as the sexy psychiatrist Dr. Melfi on the hit HBO series The Sopranos or the frantic housewife Karen Hill (opposite Ray Liotta’s Henry Hill) in the 1990 blockbuster motion picture Goodfellas, you will no doubt enjoy this candid memoir from Lorraine Bracco. With conversational prose, On The Couch pulls no punches, jumping right into the deep end of the pool as Bracco discusses openly and honestly her battle (and victory) with depression and the woes of her career at the time.
After an interesting and compelling first chapter, the book goes back in time to Bracco’s childhood in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn with her Italian-American father and her British mother. This is an interesting stretch; Bracco not only discusses family and life in general back then but also how the neighborhood changed when they built the Verrazano Narrows Bridge and why that (plus a certain harrowing event) made her family have the desire to move out. Her story segues for there into her career as a model, what it was like to live in France with her first husband, and the birth of her daughter.
The meat of the book (and a major event in Bracco’s life) is her relationship with Harvey Keitel - how they met, how the existed in each other’s lives, and the messy aftermath of their divorce. You also get to know Bracco’s personality and her desire to be a good mother to her children. All in all, On the Couch reads like a candid conversation between two pals that fans of Bracco will thoroughly enjoy.