Jane Tompkins

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.

BOOK REVIEW: Bright, Precious Days by Jay McInerney – March 2020

BOOK REVIEW: Bright, Precious Days by Jay McInerney - March 2020

   By the time he writes his seventh novel, McInerney has fulfilled his dream of becoming a presence on the New York literary scene, and, in Bright, Days, is still writing about it. But now that he lives it, the dream is not fulfilling

BOOK REVIEW: The Tennis Partner by Abraham, Verghese — February 2020

BOOK REVIEW: The Tennis Partner by Abraham, Verghese — February 2020

The memoir, which tells the story of a difficult period in the author’s life, has an openness to life and humility in the face of experience that draw you in close and hold you in their spell until the end.