Jane Tompkins

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.~

BOOK REVIEW: Peter Wohlleben, The Hidden Life of Trees – January 2017

BOOK REVIEW: Peter Wohlleben, The Hidden Life of Trees - January 2017

Even tree lovers will learn new entrancing information about the life of trees, says our reviewer.

BOOK REVIEW: ANN PATCHETT, COMMONWEALTH – December 2016

BOOK REVIEW: ANN PATCHETT, COMMONWEALTH - December 2016

Tompkins: I loved it because it explained to me where a certain tone I’ve come to recognize in Patchett’s writing comes from—in it you hear a knowing, slightly abashed, acceptance of human frailty and misdoings.

BOOK REVIEW: Henning Mankell, The Shadow Girls – November 2016

BOOK REVIEW: Henning Mankell, The Shadow Girls - November 2016

“A passionate advocate for the plight of immigrants in Europe, he writes about their experience in a way that wrenches the heart.”

BOOK REVIEW: Homage to Donna Leon – JULY 2016

BOOK REVIEW:  Homage to Donna Leon - JULY 2016

Our reviewer shares why she has enjoyed so many of Donna Leon’s Commissario Guido Brunetti crime series books, and a lot of her admiration stems from the portrayal of Brunetti himself: his psychological subtlety, intelligence, and responsiveness to pleasure and beauty.