Jane Tompkins

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.

BOOK REVIEW: You’ll Enjoy It When You Get There: The Stories of Elizabeth Taylor, with an introduction by Margaret Drabble — March 2019

BOOK REVIEW: You’ll Enjoy It When You Get There: The Stories of Elizabeth Taylor,  with an introduction by Margaret Drabble — March 2019

Jane highly recommends reading not only this book, but all of the other books written by Elizabeth Taylor, the novelist.

BOOK REVIEW – LOVE AND FATIGUE IN AMERICA BY ROGER KING — February 2019

BOOK REVIEW - LOVE AND FATIGUE IN AMERICA BY ROGER KING — February 2019

Love and Fatigue in America is a story of how a British man (the author) comes to teach in the US and develops ME/cfs (Chronic fatigue syndrome)…. He shares his knowledge of coping with his readers.

BOOK REVIEW: I’ll Think It, You Say It, by Curtis Sittenfeld — December 2018

BOOK REVIEW:  I’ll Think It, You Say It, by Curtis Sittenfeld — December 2018

The plots keep you turning the pages, always wanting more, in the manner of high-level genre fiction by writers like John Grisham and Michael Connelly. When I re-read them, the stories were just as good the second time around. So why don’t I like them better?