Reviews the book, Making a difference in patients' lives by Sandra Buechler (see record 2008-02817-000). As a follow-up to her previous book on clinical values (Buechler, 2004), Sandra Buechler's latest effort, Making a difference in patients' lives, is a unique and valuable contribution. In short, this book is about emotions and the development of an affect theory, an area undertheorized in ... [Show full abstract] interpersonal psychoanalysis, the predominant theory that guides her thinking and ideas. Buechler's background, prior to psychoanalytic training, is in the research and study of emotions. With a distinctive voice that draws on poetry, literature, and art, Buechler's words and descriptions are alive and evocative, inviting the reader into an intimate space. Not theory bound, her writing is clear and jargon free, eloquent at times, and rich with metaphors that grant the reader a certain kind of freedom to play with her ideas and to think with her along the way. It becomes quite clear by the end of the read that Buechler, similar to her work as an analyst, has done a lot of work with herself to put this project together. One is left with the feeling of having been an intimate companion on her travels. She speaks to you, not at you. She shows herself to be a seasoned analyst with a great deal of integrity who has come to embrace her humility and cultivate a strong set of beliefs grounded in her own clinical experiences, not prescribed or overly abstract. Her fertile mind and quiet determination will inspire therapists to reach for more. Buechler's writing admirably leads the way in carving out a new genre of analytic writing, a style full of import that has already subtly shifted the face of psychoanalysis. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2011 APA, all rights reserved).