When I Was a Child I Read Books: Essays (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, Mar 13, 2012 - Literary Collections - 224 pages
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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.

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User Review  - Rick Wilcox - Goodreads

If you look up "The Catcher in the Rye" on Goodreads, you will find this quote at the top of the list: "What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author ... Read full review

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User Review  - ♥ Ibrahim ♥ - Goodreads

I expected to read a sweet story of her life since the book says "when I was a child…." but no. These were essays that I tried to so hard to make sense out of. It wasn't easy read. On page 6, she ... Read full review

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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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