Annotations for When I Was a Child I Read Books


Baker & Taylor
A collection of essays revisits such themes as the role of faith in modern life, the inadequacy of fact, and the inherent contradictions of human nature.

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Baker & Taylor
A new collection by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gilead revisits such themes as the role of faith in modern life, the inadequacy of fact and the inherent contradictions of human nature. 15,000 first printing.

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Baker & Taylor
In this new collection of incisive essays, Robinson returns to the themes which have preoccupied her work: the role of faith in modern life, the inadequacy of fact, the contradictions inherent in human nature.

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McMillan Palgrave
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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