Jane Tompkins

BOOK REVIEW: UNCOMMON CARRIERS BY JOHN MCPHEE — October 2019

BOOK REVIEW: UNCOMMON CARRIERS BY  JOHN MCPHEE — October 2019

 Jane came across this book in a secondhand bookstore where she’s gone to look for something else—a book they didn’t have. As with many things of this nature, the accidental find turned out to be a gem. Uncommon Carriers, originally published in 2006, consists of essays most of which had been published in the The New Yorker.

BOOK REVIEW: The Immigrant Experience – September 2019

BOOK REVIEW: The Immigrant Experience - September 2019

An odd thing about the current uproar over immigration is its monumental lack of self-consciousness.

BOOK REVIEW: EDUCATED BY TARA WESTOVER-AUGUST 2019

BOOK REVIEW: EDUCATED BY TARA WESTOVER-AUGUST 2019

 
    The intelligence and honesty with which Westover tells her story are compelling. The story is not simple, not black and white. She doesn’t offer pat excuses for her own mistakes or gloss over difficult issues.

BOOK REVIEW: The Overstory, by Richard Powers – July 2019

BOOK REVIEW: The Overstory, by Richard Powers - July 2019

The writing in this book is urgent, and exquisite. It grips you by the collar and takes you on a thrilling ride offering a new vision of the miraculous world of which we’re a part.

BOOK REVIEW: AFRICAN WRITING— June 2019

BOOK REVIEW: AFRICAN WRITING— June 2019

Isara (1989), is the the lightly fictionalized account of a  period in the author’s father life. It is a small masterpiece, composed with such wisdom and understanding, such love and attention to detail, that one is ashamed to have known nothing about it all these years…….

BOOK REVIEW: AGING FOR BEGINNERS— May 2019

BOOK REVIEW: AGING FOR BEGINNERS— May 2019

Not everyone who grows older wants to know more about the aging process…… The author envisions old age as an opportunity for healing and renewal.