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06/17/2013 10:48 am ET Updated Aug 17, 2013

Freud's Mistress -- She Put Up With a Lot

"If you liked Loving Frank and The Paris Wife, you'll love Freud's Mistress, says Katie Couric.

• Well, I took Katie's advice without even knowing I was taking it.

Several years ago, before the Internet happened, I read a book by two writers who live in Los Angeles and just happen to be successful married women who have invented their own careers.

These co-writers turned out to be Karen Mack and Jennifer Kaufman and I happened on a best-selling novel of theirs titled Literacy and Longing in L.A. (This was a tale about how reading above yourself and your circumstances can maybe give you a happy life.) I went so crazy for this book that I even finally met the authors, the men in their lives, and also read their follow-up best seller, A Version of the Truth.

I have, in fact, written reams of praise for them in the past. And I still can recommend Literacy and Longing....without reservation.

• But I hadn't thought of this twosome in a while and truth to tell, I simply drifted by a pile of books, recently arrived in my office, and picked up something alluring titled Freud's Mistress.

Once I started reading I didn't stop until forced by circumstance and within 48 hours I'd managed to read the whole book without ever looking to see who wrote it. I was busy thinking what a wow of a novel it would be to give away to my psychiatric-minded friends who work at counseling for the Maria Droste Agency. I was busy recommending it in my head without paying any attention to who wrote it, where it came from, and who had recommended it.

Lo and behold -- you've guessed it was written by the demons Mack and Kaufman. I really don't review books, I just try to tell you a little about them. But in this case, I am embarrassed by my own care-lessness. What a delightful surprise!

So let me add this is an Amy Einhorn book, published by G.P. Putnam's Sons, written by my own friends who have worked, variously, as lawyer, Golden Globe winning writer, TV producer, staff writer for the L.A. Times and between them, won the national Penney-Missouri Journalism Award.

And, I admit, at first I thought I wouldn't read it, not being a big Freud fan, but the atmospheric fin-de-siecle Vienna and the fact that this is an imagined novel, based on a lot of true stuff, was irresistible.

Congratulations, you gorgeous girls! You made a believer out of me when I didn't know it was you two. And thank you, Katie Couric, I did love The Paris Wife about Hemingway, as well as I liked Loving Frank about the architect Frank Lloyd Wright. And Freud's Mistress is right up there with them!

• I knew the Landmark Conservancy of NYC had a good idea when they decided that the beautiful Brooke Shields -- a true New Yorker, a workaholic in theater, film, and once upon a time in the modeling world where she was a teenage trailblazer-- had accepted the Conservancy's wish to make her a "Living Landmark" in Nov. 14th at its annual party in the Plaza Hotel Ballroom.

Why? Because Brooke is more than a triple-threat and on July 26, 27, and 28 will have directed what Angelinos will be seeing when they opt for a musical revival of "Chicago." Brooke played a leading role in this show, both in a Broadway bring-back of this famous musical and also in London's West End

• More nostalgia! Leo Marinello writes us: "I remember that one of my grandmother's favorite luncheon spots was Mary Elizabeth's (thought you'd appreciate that) which I'd best describe as a tea room.

It wasn't a "manly" place to go but I distinctly remember the gingerbread dessert with lemon curd sauce and the cab ride in a Checker with a jump seat!

"The NYSD printed a vintage photo of Abercrombie & Fitch and my grandfather worked there in the 1920's when it was a sporting goods concern. Madison at maybe 45th Street and there was a skeet shooting range in the basement. Wealthy women would come to hone their shooting skills."

Thank you, Leo. I do recall Mary Elizabeth's but hadn't thought of it in years and hadn't thought much about the Mary Elizabeth who became "Liz" either.