Surrounded by Others and Yet So Alone: A Lawyer’s Case Stories of Love, Loneliness, and Litigation: J. W. Freiberg

A new collection of case stories from “the Oliver Sacks of law.”In this follow-up to his acclaimed book, Four Seasons of Loneliness (winner of the 2017 Independent Publishers Gold Prize as the best book of the year in Psychology / Mental Health), social psychologist turned lawyer J. W. Freiberg continues to explore chronic loneliness, one of modern society’s most serious public health crises.  In Surrounded by Others and Yet So Alone, he again draws from his thirty-year legal career to present five unique tales.

While Four Seasons of Loneliness studied the devastation caused by social isolation, here Freiberg explores the impact of faulty connections in failing relationships.  But don’t expect to be lectured on the topic; you will find yourself reading a collection of deeply human stories. And that’s a good thing, because Freiberg is a master storyteller.

Biography

J. W. Freiberg holds a PhD from UCLA and a JD from Harvard Law School. He is the author of the prize-winning book “Four Seasons of Loneliness: A Lawyer’s Case Stories” and two earlier books, “Critical Sociology: European Perspectives” and “The French Press,” as well as the editor of “Growing Up Lonely: Disconnection and Misconnection in the Lives of our Children.” Freiberg is a member of the Massachusetts state bar and the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, and he serves as a justice of the peace in Massachusetts, where he resides with his wife, near their children.

His book “Four Seasons of Loneliness: A Lawyer’s Case Stories” has received the IPPY (Independent Publishers Book Award) Gold Prize for 2017 for best book of the year in the Psychology / Mental Health. (Sharing the honor with Lee Gutkind’s “Show Me All Your Scars.”)

You can find more at: the lonelinessbook.com or at jwfreiberg.com

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