Wednesday, September 8, 2010


You've probably noticed the new novel "Freedom" by Jonathan Franzen, somewhere or other (probably many somewhere or others). Franzen is also the author of "The Corrections" (another great read - usually available at our book sales!), and Oprah's biggest enemy (after James Fry, anyway) for declining to put her Book Club Pick sticker on his first novel.

You may have found Franzen on the cover of Time magazine, or seen Obama with the new book - after all, who can resist a novel described thusly: "some of Freedom’s sentences are so well-written you want to pluck them out, stab them with little corn holders, and eat them...." (New York magazine).

Anyway, I saw the following video review from the Washington Post today, which is quite amusing even you never plan on reading the book (watch for the Webkinz cameos!). Also, the Salon Reading Club (which alerted me to the video) is featuring "Freedom" as its current online selection, which is perfect for those of you who want to know what others are thinking as they merrily read  along, without ever having to get dressed and leave your house.

And in the interest of full disclosure, I must tell you I'm currently on page 192 of "Freedom" and am enjoying it immensely. Not sure how long the hold list currently is at the library (I only waited a week), but I should forewarn you: the book is 576 pages long and could easily double as a doorstop.  From what I've read so far though, its length is a good thing - more to enjoy!