It's Raining Books Sale
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | September 18, 2014

Lin Enger: IMG Knowing vs. Knowing



On a hot July evening years ago, my Toyota Tercel overheated on a flat stretch of highway north of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A steam geyser shot up from... Continue »
  1. $17.47 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

    The High Divide

    Lin Enger 9781616203757

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$11.50
List price: $24.00
Used Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
2 Burnside Literature- A to Z
1 Local Warehouse Literature- A to Z

More copies of this ISBN

When I Was a Child I Read Books

by

When I Was a Child I Read Books Cover

ISBN13: 9780374298784
ISBN10: 0374298785
Condition: Standard
Dustjacket: Standard
All Product Details

Only 3 left in stock at $11.50!

 

Awards

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Marilynne Robinson has built a sterling reputation as a writer of sharp, subtly moving prose, not only as a major American novelist, but also as a rigorous thinker and incisive essayist. In When I Was a Child I Read Books she returns to and expands upon the themes which have preoccupied her work with renewed vigor.

In “Austerity as Ideology,” she tackles the global debt crisis, and the charged political and social political climate in this country that makes finding a solution to our financial troubles so challenging. In “Open Thy Hand Wide” she searches out the deeply embedded role of generosity in Christian faith. And in “When I Was a Child,” one of her most personal essays to date, an account of her childhood in Idaho becomes an exploration of individualism and the myth of the American West. Clear-eyed and forceful as ever, Robinson demonstrates once again why she is regarded as one of our essential writers.

Review:

"Author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Gilead, Robinson weighs in with a series of tightly developed essays, some personal but mostly more general, on the Big Themes: social fragmentation in modern America, human frailty, faith. Her project is a hard-edged liberalism, sustained by a Calvinist ethic of generosity. Among her contemporary intellectual models are theologians such as John Shelby Spong and Jack Miles. From earlier times, she invokes Moses, Jesus, Calvin, Emerson, Johann Friedrich Oberlin (who figures indirectly in Gilead), Poe, Whitman, and others. In these times of the ever-ascending religious right, in the aftermath of what she sees as the ideologically secularist-driven cold war, Robinson bravely explores the corrosive potion of 'Christian anti-Judaism' and what it really ought to mean to be 'a Christian nation.' The closing essay is about the twin establishmentarianism straitjackets of Freudianism and Darwinism in the collective presumptions regarding the supremacy of self-interest — ill-informed fundamentalist nostalgias being one clear sign — which, she says ruefully, have supplanted true religious discourse. Agent: Ellen Levine, Trident Media Group." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Review:

“A glimmering, provocative collection of essays, each a rhetorically brilliant, deeply felt exploration of education, culture, and politics…beautifully intelligent.” The Boston Globe

Review:

“Robinson is that rare essayist whose sentences make you sit up and pay attention....The greatest pleasures of this book are its provocations, which are inseparable from its prose....Her essays are psalms to an indivisible America.” The Wall Street Journal

Review:

“Illuminating....The best companion of all to Robinson's novels might be her own essays.” The New York Times Book Review

Review:

“Elegant essays....Reading [them] is like taking a draught of water from a cold spring. They offer us something rewarding, deeply essential, and long-sought.” Roxana Robinson, The Washington Post

Review:

“A broadside defense of literature and classic liberalism....Her defense of our national character and the systems it created can swell your heart.” Los Angeles Times

Review:

“One of the most remarkable of modern writers....This is a rare writer about America and one it seems to me we need.” The Buffalo News

Review:

“The indomitable Marilynne Robinson radiates genius in her collection of essays.” Vanity Fair

Synopsis:

A New York Times Book Review Editors Choice

A New York Times Bestseller

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author of Gilead

Marilynne Robinson has built a sterling reputation as not only a major American novelist but also a rigorous thinker and an incisive essayist. In this lucid but impassioned collection, Robinson expands with renewed vigor the themes that have preoccupied her work. Here she tackles the charged political and social climate in this country, the deeply embedded role of generosity in Christian faith, and the nature of individualism and the myth of the American West. Clear-eyed and forceful as ever, Robinson demonstrates once again why she is regarded as one of our essential writers.

Synopsis:

A New York Times Book Review Editors Choice

A New York Times Bestseller

A New York Magazine Best Book of the Year

An Economist Best Book of the Year

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author of Gilead

Marilynne Robinson has built a sterling reputation as not only a major American novelist but also a rigorous thinker and an incisive essayist. In this lucid but impassioned collection, Robinson expands with renewed vigor the themes that have preoccupied her work. When I Was a Child I Read Books tackles the charged political and social climate in this country, the deeply embedded role of generosity in Christian faith, and the nature of individualism and the myth of the American West. Clear-eyed and forceful as ever, Robinson demonstrates once again why she is regarded as one of our essential writers.

Synopsis:

Marilynne Robinson has built a sterling reputation as a writer of sharp, subtly moving prose, not only as a major American novelist, but also as a rigorous thinker and incisive essayist. In When I Was a Child I Read Books she returns to and expands upon the themes which have preoccupied her work with renewed vigor.

In “Austerity as Ideology,” she tackles the global debt crisis, and the charged political and social political climate in this country that makes finding a solution to our financial troubles so challenging. In “Open Thy Hand Wide” she searches out the deeply embedded role of generosity in Christian faith. And in “When I Was a Child,” one of her most personal essays to date, an account of her childhood in Idaho becomes an exploration of individualism and the myth of the American West. Clear-eyed and forceful as ever, Robinson demonstrates once again why she is regarded as one of our essential writers.

About the Author

Marilynne Robinson is the author of the novels Housekeeping (FSG, 1981), Gilead (FSG, 2004), winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and Home (FSG, 2008), and three books of nonfiction, Mother Country (FSG, 1989), The Death of Adam (1998) and Absence of Mind (2010). She teaches at the University of Iowa Writers Workshop.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 2 comments:

Joel Heng Hartse, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by Joel Heng Hartse)
A wonderful, hopeful book. The clarity of Robinson's prose is matched by her courage to follow her intellectual passions even when they march against the grain of popular thought.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
Courtney Young, May 2, 2012 (view all comments by Courtney Young)
Marilynne Robinson's latest collection of essays is a true gem, a must read. The prose is beautiful and rigorous and she covers a wide range of topics from Christianity to the global debt crisis. My favorite essay is the titular one, in which Robinson recounts her voracious and discriminating reading choices during her childhood in Idaho. This discussion lends itself to a broader discussion on individualism and the American West. I first became acquainted with Robinson through her fiction works: Housekeeping, Gilead, and Home. Robinson's non-fiction is equally as sharp and smart. I highly recommend this book!
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(1 of 1 readers found this comment helpful)
View all 2 comments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374298784
Subtitle:
Essays
Author:
Robinson, Marilynne
Publisher:
Picador
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Anthologies-Essays
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20130129
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Notes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

Other books you might like

  1. Otherwise Known as the Human...
    Used Trade Paper $8.95
  2. The Possessed: Adventures with...
    Used Trade Paper $5.50
  3. Liberty's Exiles: American Loyalists... New Trade Paper $17.95

Related Subjects

Featured Titles » Spirituality and Wellness
Fiction and Poetry » Anthologies » Essays
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » New Arrivals
Religion » Western Religions » Inspirational
Religion » World Religions » Essays

When I Was a Child I Read Books Used Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$11.50 In Stock
Product details 224 pages Picador - English 9780374298784 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Gilead, Robinson weighs in with a series of tightly developed essays, some personal but mostly more general, on the Big Themes: social fragmentation in modern America, human frailty, faith. Her project is a hard-edged liberalism, sustained by a Calvinist ethic of generosity. Among her contemporary intellectual models are theologians such as John Shelby Spong and Jack Miles. From earlier times, she invokes Moses, Jesus, Calvin, Emerson, Johann Friedrich Oberlin (who figures indirectly in Gilead), Poe, Whitman, and others. In these times of the ever-ascending religious right, in the aftermath of what she sees as the ideologically secularist-driven cold war, Robinson bravely explores the corrosive potion of 'Christian anti-Judaism' and what it really ought to mean to be 'a Christian nation.' The closing essay is about the twin establishmentarianism straitjackets of Freudianism and Darwinism in the collective presumptions regarding the supremacy of self-interest — ill-informed fundamentalist nostalgias being one clear sign — which, she says ruefully, have supplanted true religious discourse. Agent: Ellen Levine, Trident Media Group." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , “A glimmering, provocative collection of essays, each a rhetorically brilliant, deeply felt exploration of education, culture, and politics…beautifully intelligent.”
"Review" by , “Robinson is that rare essayist whose sentences make you sit up and pay attention....The greatest pleasures of this book are its provocations, which are inseparable from its prose....Her essays are psalms to an indivisible America.”
"Review" by , “Illuminating....The best companion of all to Robinson's novels might be her own essays.”
"Review" by , “Elegant essays....Reading [them] is like taking a draught of water from a cold spring. They offer us something rewarding, deeply essential, and long-sought.”
"Review" by , “A broadside defense of literature and classic liberalism....Her defense of our national character and the systems it created can swell your heart.”
"Review" by , “One of the most remarkable of modern writers....This is a rare writer about America and one it seems to me we need.”
"Review" by , “The indomitable Marilynne Robinson radiates genius in her collection of essays.”
"Synopsis" by , A New York Times Book Review Editors Choice

A New York Times Bestseller

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author of Gilead

Marilynne Robinson has built a sterling reputation as not only a major American novelist but also a rigorous thinker and an incisive essayist. In this lucid but impassioned collection, Robinson expands with renewed vigor the themes that have preoccupied her work. Here she tackles the charged political and social climate in this country, the deeply embedded role of generosity in Christian faith, and the nature of individualism and the myth of the American West. Clear-eyed and forceful as ever, Robinson demonstrates once again why she is regarded as one of our essential writers.

"Synopsis" by ,
A New York Times Book Review Editors Choice

A New York Times Bestseller

A New York Magazine Best Book of the Year

An Economist Best Book of the Year

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author of Gilead

Marilynne Robinson has built a sterling reputation as not only a major American novelist but also a rigorous thinker and an incisive essayist. In this lucid but impassioned collection, Robinson expands with renewed vigor the themes that have preoccupied her work. When I Was a Child I Read Books tackles the charged political and social climate in this country, the deeply embedded role of generosity in Christian faith, and the nature of individualism and the myth of the American West. Clear-eyed and forceful as ever, Robinson demonstrates once again why she is regarded as one of our essential writers.

"Synopsis" by ,
Marilynne Robinson has built a sterling reputation as a writer of sharp, subtly moving prose, not only as a major American novelist, but also as a rigorous thinker and incisive essayist. In When I Was a Child I Read Books she returns to and expands upon the themes which have preoccupied her work with renewed vigor.

In “Austerity as Ideology,” she tackles the global debt crisis, and the charged political and social political climate in this country that makes finding a solution to our financial troubles so challenging. In “Open Thy Hand Wide” she searches out the deeply embedded role of generosity in Christian faith. And in “When I Was a Child,” one of her most personal essays to date, an account of her childhood in Idaho becomes an exploration of individualism and the myth of the American West. Clear-eyed and forceful as ever, Robinson demonstrates once again why she is regarded as one of our essential writers.

spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.