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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.

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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.

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One of the most intelligent books I've read in a long time about the current state of the world and how one person's religious belief informs her perspective on, well, pretty much everything. I am not a Calvinist, yet she presents Calvinism in a way that is compassionate and compelling, dispelling many myths and leading me to reconsider all I've learned and thought about it over the years. It is not just that, either- it is the depth and breadth of her thought on literature, science, economics and so much more. This one's a keeper.
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