Jane Tompkins

BOOK REVIEW: The Library Book by Susan Orlean – October 2022

BOOK REVIEW: The Library Book by Susan Orlean - October 2022

      Think you’re not interested libraries? So did I. But as soon as I began to read The Library Book, that changed. It holds one’s interest in a way few books do. The writing is so good the subject is almost irrelevant. The author knows exactly when to leave a topic and broach a new one, how to pique your curiosity about something not even remotely interesting on the surface, and how to hold your attention fast, minute by minute. Everything she touches comes alive.

BOOK REVIEW: The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell – September 2022

BOOK REVIEW: The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell - September 2022

When her husband asked Helen Russell if she’d like to move to Denmark for a year—he’d been offered his dream job there by LEGO—she wasn’t sure.

BOOK REVIEW: THE CANDY HOUSE by Jennifer Egan; SEA OF TRANQUILITY by Emily St. John Mandel – August 2022

BOOK REVIEW: THE CANDY HOUSE by Jennifer Egan; SEA OF TRANQUILITY by Emily St. John Mandel - August 2022

Jane reviews two books “The Candy House and by Jennifer Egan and Sea of Tranquility by Emil St. John Mandel”

BOOK REVIEW: Briefly noted – Earthly Remains by Donna Leon – June 2022

BOOK REVIEW: Briefly noted – Earthly Remains by Donna Leon - June 2022

As the New York Times critic Marilyn Stasio has said: “Donna Leon can do no wrong . . .  [Earthly Remains] is one of her best.”

BOOK REVIEW: A TREACHEROUS PARADISE by Henning Mankell – May 2022

BOOK REVIEW:  A TREACHEROUS PARADISE by Henning Mankell - May 2022

People know Henning Mankell, if they know him at all, as the author of the recently televised Wallander crime series, based on ten books.

BOOK REVIEW: A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson – March 2022

BOOK REVIEW: A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson - March 2022

Jane recommends reading this book as it is a layman’s guide to the facts of our material universe. It is an entertaining, riveting, humbling, and hugely informative book.