Jane Tompkins

BOOK REVIEW: Silence of the Grave, Arctic Chill, Hypothermia by Arnaldur Indridason

BOOK REVIEW: Silence of the Grave, Arctic Chill, Hypothermia by Arnaldur Indridason

 Though they might well be, these are not the ponderings of someone too long subjected to the lonely deprivations of the Covid-19 pandemic; they are the thoughts of Inspector Erlendur Sveinsson, returned to his spare apartment after an unbearably long day and a half spent caring for his pregnant, homeless, drug-addicted daughter early in Silence of the Grave.

BOOK REVIEW: Going to Ground: Simple Life on a Georgia Pond by Amy Blackmarr – October 2020

BOOK REVIEW: Going to Ground: Simple Life on a Georgia Pond by Amy Blackmarr  - October 2020

Jane pleasantly surprised by the book she grabbed from the Take-One-Leave-One shelves in downtown Andes.

BOOK REVIEW: The Wild Places by Rober Macfarlane – August 2020

BOOK REVIEW:  The Wild Places by Rober Macfarlane   - August 2020

Robert Macfarlane is a British nature writer –    Above all, MacFarlane is struck by the realization of how far we have become estranged from the natural environment.

BOOK REVIEW: SAPIENS: A BRIEF HISTORY OF HUMANKIND BY YUVAL NOAH HARARI – June 2020

BOOK REVIEW: SAPIENS: A BRIEF HISTORY OF HUMANKIND  BY YUVAL NOAH HARARI - June 2020

Yuval Noah Harari’s global best-seller Sapiens has cut a wide swath through the world of thinking people since it appeared in 2015……………………

BOOK REVIEW: ELIZABETH STROUT, OLIVE, AGAIN BY ELIZABETH STROUT — May 2020

BOOK REVIEW: ELIZABETH STROUT, OLIVE, AGAIN BY ELIZABETH STROUT — May 2020

When a novel is as good as this one is, it’s hard to know where to begin.

BOOK REVIEW: Braiding Sweetgrass: indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer — April 2020

BOOK REVIEW: Braiding Sweetgrass: indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer — April 2020

Written from a native American point of view, Braiding Sweetgrass (2013) is one of the most unusual books Jane has ever read.