Jane Tompkins

BOOK REVIEW: Mother Land by Paul Theroux – July 2017

BOOK REVIEW: Mother Land by Paul Theroux - July 2017

Readers of Paul Theroux’s travel books will want to read his new memoir.
They should also read our book reviewer’s insightful exploration into this book and its author.

BOOK REVIEW: Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout – June 2017

BOOK REVIEW: Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout - June 2017

The reviewer felt herself, when reading, to be “in the presence of something recognizably, and at times, shockingly, real.”

BOOK REVIEW: New York Stories: Life at the Dakota by Stephen Birmingham – May 2017

BOOK REVIEW: New York Stories: Life at the Dakota by Stephen Birmingham - May 2017

Stephen Birmingham’s Life at the Dakota is a work of cultural history full of juicy tidbits. And there is an upstate connection.

BOOK REVIEW: Discovering Chekhov – April 2017

BOOK REVIEW: Discovering Chekhov - April 2017

Jane is very taken with Chechov’s short stories: “…he refuses to turn away from those aspects of life that seem the most horrific and inexplicable; his stories seem compelled to comes to terms with them.”

BOOK REVIEW: Preparation for the Next Life by Atticus Lish – March 2017

BOOK REVIEW: Preparation for the Next Life by Atticus Lish - March 2017

“This novel, the first by Atticus Lish, is angry, depressing, self-righteous, overwritten, and pretentious. It’s also, in a way, brilliant and ground-breaking.”

BOOK REVIEW: Hogs Wild by Ian Frazier – February 2017

BOOK REVIEW: Hogs Wild by Ian Frazier - February 2017

Jane concludes, “Seldom do we meet a man like Frazier, who does not shrink from seeing what there is to see on the surface, and who can see what there is to see in the depths, as well.~