Book Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: Torch by Cheryl Strayed – March 2018

BOOK REVIEW:  Torch by Cheryl Strayed  - March 2018

Reviewer …the story is not a downer. What it is, is real. Its fidelity to the way things actually are and to what people actually feel is inspiring.”

BOOK REVIEW: Pachinko by Jin Min Lee – January 2018

BOOK REVIEW:  Pachinko by Jin Min Lee - January 2018

Lee secures our attention and keeps it on a tight leash throughout. Her characters are complex, sympathetic, and highly individuated.

BOOK REVIEW: Fortunes of War :The Balkan Trilogy by Olivia Manning – December 2017

BOOK REVIEW:  Fortunes of War :The Balkan Trilogy by Olivia Manning - December 2017

Our guest reviewers recommend The Balkan Trilogy as a compelling story and a look into troubled Europe in the late 1930s

BOOK REVIEW: Surfing with Sartre: An Aquatic Inquiry into a Life of Meaning, by Aaron James — October 2017

BOOK REVIEW:  Surfing with Sartre: An Aquatic Inquiry into a Life of Meaning, by Aaron James — October 2017

Reviewed by Jane Tompkins I’ve always had a vague idea that in another life I’d like to be a surfer. Now I know for sure I’d like to be one, having read Surfing with Sartre, and wish I weren’t too old to start now. This is a book of popular philosophy—not written for academic philosophers…

BOOK REVIEW – September 2017

BOOK REVIEW - September 2017

Jane reviews two books.

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.