Book Written By Elizabeth Kolbert (Picador, $16, 319 pages, Paperback) By Harvey Freedenberg As this review is written in December 2015, 195 nations have just signed an historic agreement to limit greenhouse-gas emissions, with the goal of slowing what the overwhelming...

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Book Written By E.L. Doctorow (Random House, $16, 336 Pages, Paperback) by Harvey Freedenberg For the last few years, I’ve devoted one of these columns each year to reflections on re-reading a favorite novel, like James Salter’s Light Yearsor Tim O’Brien’s Vietnam...

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By Harvey Freedenberg by Clive Thompson, (The Penguin Press, $27.95, 341 pages) If you’re familiar with recent books like Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows or Evgeny Morozov’s The Net Delusion, you’ve heard grim warnings about how technology is rewiring our brains or laments...

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By Harvey Freedenberg When I was a teenager, I recall enjoying a book entitled If the South Had Won the Civil War. In it, the author imagined how American history would have unfolded had the war ended with a Confederate victory...

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By Harvey Freedenberg Stoner by John Williams (New York Review Books Classics, $14.95, 288 pages, paperback) For a long time, some well-read Twitter followers have been urging me to pick up John Williams’ novel, Stoner. Even after all their lavish praise, I...
By Harvey Freedenberg If we’ve connected on Twitter or Facebook, you know this column isn’t the only place I’m reviewing books. Annually, one of those other publications asks me to compile a list of my 10 favorites of the year....
By Harvey Freedenberg by John Updike, (Alfred A. Knopf, $25, 97 pages) Although John Updike was 76 years old when he died in January 2009, his passing still came as a shock. Perhaps it was because he was productive for more than half...
By Harvey Freedenberg E.B. White’s Eccentric Life in Nature and the Birth of an American Classic Book by Michael Sims(Walker & Company, $16,320 pages, Paperback) Last October marked the 60th anniversary of the publication of Charlotte’s Web, one of the most popular...

Light Years

By Harvey Freedenberg Book By James Salter (Vintage International, $16, 308 pages, Paperback) If there were any justice in the literary world, James Salter’s name would be at least as well-recognized as other post-World War II giants like John Updike, Philip...

The Yellow Birds

By: Harvey Freedenberg Book by Kevin Powers (Little, Brown and Company, $24.99, 226 pages) The year 2012 saw the publication of a trio of outstanding Iraq War novels. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, by Ben Fountain (which made my 2012 Favorites list) is...