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Love Letters columnist Meredith Goldstein celebrates book launch

Meredith Goldstein chats with Roxy’s Grilled Cheese owner James DiSabatino at the “Can’t Help Myself” launch party at Tuscan Kitchen.Lucie McCormick for the Boston Globe

Revelers gathered at Tuscan Kitchen in the Seaport on Friday night to celebrate the launch of “Can’t Help Myself: Lessons and Confessions From a Modern Advice Columnist,” a new book by the Globe’s Meredith Goldstein.

Goldstein’s memoir, about starting the Love Letters advice column while juggling her own dating life and family issues, was released Tuesday.

Guests enjoyed tagliatelle in a Parmigiano wheel and grilled cheese sandwiches (an inside joke for readers of the column). The guest list included some familiar screen names from the column such as “Two-Sheds” (who, spoiler alert from the book, shocked Goldstein by turning out to be a man despite his measured advice), “MHouston,” and “Valentino.”


Also in attendance were Jenny Johnson of “Dining Playbook” and her husband, Nantucket Magazine editor Robert Cocuzzo; young-adult author Sara Farizan; NBC Sports Boston personality and Olympics curling reporter Trenni Kusnierek; ESPN’s Michele Steele; 7 News’s Kimberly Bookman; “Ma Speaks Up” memoirist Marianne Leone with her husband, actor Chris Cooper; and Lori Earl of This Star Won’t Go Out, an organization that helps families of children being treated for cancer

In the book, Goldstein writes about how her life changed when her mother was diagnosed with cancer. The guest list also included Jenn Ryan, Mass General’s associate director of development, and Mass General’s Emily Olson, who was on Goldstein’s late mother’s care team.

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