Search Results: "Ptolemy Tompkins"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"A fascinating, impassioned hybrid of memoir and divine supposition."
Former Guideposts editor Tompkins (The Divine Life of Animals: One Man's Quest to Discover Whether the Souls of Animals Live On, 2010, etc.) plumbs theories on mortality and the prospects of an afterlife. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Not nearly so vague and self-absorbed as most works of this genre: a worthwhile effort."
From the son of New Age guru Peter Tompkins, engagingly frank recollections of an adolescent search for wisdom among the usual suspects—Tao, Buddha, and Castañeda—whose prescriptions turn out, on closer examination, to be no more enlightening or realistic than conventional nostrums. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

The ambivalent autobiography of the man whose father, Peter Tompkins, cowrote The Secret Life of Plants and other infamous works of the '70s. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Though saddled with the burden of tangible proof, Alexander's impassioned report nevertheless forms a buoyant testimonial."
An afterlife proponent expounds upon the existence of heaven. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WEST OF EVERYTHING by Jane Tompkins
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Some academic clinkers, but mainly right down to sod. (Ten halftones—not seen.)"
``...the bodies of the silent men of Company C lay wide-eyed to the rain and bare-chested to the wind...dead now in the long grass on a lonely hill, west of everything.'' So ends a paragraph of Louis L`Amour's Hondo, a work that readers of Tompkins's rapt reevaluation of the ecstasies of Western novels, film, and icons will come to revere as much as does Tompkins herself (English/Duke Univ.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"While a nonstressful, nonconfrontational school environment is a wonderful goal, Tompkins offers little practical advice on how to attain it."
Tompkins's whiny musings on the state of American education, told through her own story of a lifetime in academia. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LAST DAYS OF MAGIC by Mark Tompkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"The bones of a great fantasy are here, but most readers will find the book slow going."
A half-goddess, a Vatican mercenary, kings, queens, warriors, and faery creatures battle for control of Ireland in this historical fantasy adventure. Read full book review >