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

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“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

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

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“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

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“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

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“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

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

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.

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lechatnoir, January 12, 2013 (view all comments by lechatnoir)
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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ISBN:
9781250024053
Subtitle:
Essays
Author:
Robinson, Marilynne
Publisher:
Picador USA
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Anthologies-Essays
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Trade paper
Publication Date:
20130131
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TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
224
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8.25 x 5.5 in

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Product details 224 pages Picador USA - English 9781250024053 Reviews:
"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.”
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