Bookmarks: Commonwealth

Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett (Harper, $27.99, 322 pages) WORDS BY HARVEY FREEDENBERG Two of Ann Patchett’s most recent novels have been distinctive for their exotic locales and propulsive plots that teem with the stuff of today’s headlines. In Bel Canto, a terrorist...

Bookmarks: The Nix

The Nix by Nathan Hill (Alfred A. Knopf, $27.95, 640 pages) BY HARVEY FREEDENBERG In an age when the attention span for some people extends no longer than a 140-character tweet, I realize I’ve set myself a daunting task in trying...
Whether it’s a memoir or a novel, for many people, an item on life’s bucket list is to see their name on the cover of a book. But too many of those same aspiring writers unwisely embark on the...
Favorite Books of 2016 BY HARVEY FREEDENBERG Fiction 1.  Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad (Doubleday) Colson Whitehead’s vivid and disturbing story about the horrors of slavery and racism has already won the National Book Award and has been a fixture on many “Best...

Bookmarks: The Anxious Lawyer

The Anxious Lawyer: An 8-Week Guide to a Joyful and Satisfying Law Practice Through Mindfulness and Meditation by Jeena Cho and Karen Gifford By Harvey Freedenberg According to a 2016 study conducted by the American Bar Association and the Hazelden Betty...

Bookmarks: The Index Card

The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn’t Have to be Complicated by Helaine Olen and Harold Pollack (Portfolio/Penguin, $25, 256 pages) by Harvey Freedenberg Is there a subject more fraught with unnecessary complication and outright misinformation than personal finance? Despite a torrent...
"The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday, $26.95, 320 pages) By Harvey Freedenberg Though it’s the most recent pick of Oprah’s Book Club 2.0, Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad hardly needs that validation to be pronounced worthy of your reading time....

Bookmarks: Magic and Loss

"Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art" by Virginia Heffernan (Simon & Schuster, $26, 263 pages) By Harvey Freedenberg The last time you opened Safari or Google Chrome to purchase a book on Amazon or checked in on your Facebook...
"Einstein’s Dreams" by Alan Lightman (Warner Books, $14.95, 144 pages, Paperback) & "Seven Brief Lessons on Physics" by Carlo Rovelli, translated by Simon Carnell and Erica Segre (Riverhead Books, $18, 96 pages) By Harvey Freedenberg It takes a highly skilled...
A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories by Lucia Berlin (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $26, 405 pages) By Harvey Freedenberg If you are at all familiar with the history of the contemporary American short story, you will be well-acquainted with names...