Jane Tompkins

BOOK REVIEW: Vesper Flights by Helen Macdonald — February 2021

BOOK REVIEW: Vesper Flights by Helen Macdonald — February 2021

Vesper Flights puts together brief meditations on the author’s experiences of nature, meditations that succeed one another like objects on a strange necklace—of stones and shells and claws and bones, planets, dried flowers and things without a name.

BOOK REVIEW: OUTRAGE, BLACK SKIES, STRANGE SHORES By Arnaldur Indridason — January 2021

A review of several Arnaldur Indridason books.

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……………………