When I Was a Child I Read Books

By Marilynne Robinson
(Farrar Straus Giroux, Hardcover, 9780374298784, 206pp.)

Publication Date: March 13, 2012

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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.




About the Author
Marilynne Robinson is the recipient of a 2012 National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Barack Obama, for "her grace and intelligence in writing." She is the author of "Gilead", winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Home, winner of the Orange Prize and the "Los Angeles Times" Book Prize, and a finalist for the National Book Award. Her first novel, "Housekeeping", won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. Robinson's nonfiction books include "When I Was a Child I Read Books", "Absence of Mind, The Death of Adam", and "Mother Country", which was nominated for a National Book Award. She teaches at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and lives in Iowa City.
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