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Original Essays | August 21, 2014

Richard Bausch: IMG Why Literature Can Save Us



Our title is, of course, a problem. "Why Literature Can Save Us." And of course the problem is one of definition: what those words mean. What is... Continue »
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    Before, During, After

    Richard Bausch 9780307266262

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Home: A Novel by Marilynne Robinson
Home: A Novel

Martha Crunkleton, January 1, 2012

Of the ninety-five books I read in 2011, this was the best. It is an understatement to say "it is well-written". Robinson creates a family, a town, a culture so vividly that the story itself seems to emerge naturally, as if "plot" were the last thing anyone would ever think about while reading. Acceptance, loss, our tendency to imagine perfections we cannot achieve, and our subsequent suffering are themes of any great novel---here they emerge in a little town in the midwest in a family whose members each are idealistic, but in very differing ways.
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A Gate at the Stairs (Vintage Contemporaries) by Lorrie Moore
A Gate at the Stairs (Vintage Contemporaries)

Martha Crunkleton, January 1, 2011

The voice of the college-age young woman who is the protagonist of this novel is crystal clear and spot on.
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