Jane Tompkins

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. 

BOOK REVIEW: The Dutch House by Ann Patchett – January 2020

BOOK REVIEW: The Dutch House by Ann Patchett - January 2020

   I’ve long been a fan of Ann Patchett, both of her fiction and her non-fiction. The Dutch House differs from her previous novels.

BOOK REVIEW: You Are Awesome: How to Navigate Change, Wrestle with Failure, and Live an Intentional Life by Neil Pasricha — December 2019

In a NYC bookstore, Jane meets our author and is mesmerized by his energy, his life and how he came to overcome adversity.

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.