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When I Was A Child I Read Books by Marilynne Robinson.. There's something kind of wonderful about this clarion call to sanity. Didn't we all read books as children? Do kids anymore? What kind of a world are we living in? I don't know; I haven't seen that YouTube. Skip it, and 'Snap this collection of essays.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"Like many conservative critics, with whom she would otherwise disagree, she is angry at America for its putative betrayal of its founding principles. She condemns “condescension toward biblical texts and narratives, toward the culture that produced them, toward God.” She decries the diminution of religion as “a primitive attempt to explain phenomena which are properly within the purview of science.” But her anger arises not on behalf of some fanciful notion that America was once a monolithic Christian nation. She is angry, instead, at our failure to sustain the capacious conception of community with which, as she shows in a brilliant essay entitled “Open Thy Hand Wide: Moses and the Origins of American Liberalism,” America began — a community founded not on the premise that human beings are motivated primarily by greed, but as an experiment in building a society on the principle of love."

The New York Times

"Marilynne Robinson is not the sort of writer who hides her light under a bushel. Best known for her three luminous novels, "Housekeeping" (1980), "Gilead" (2004) and "Home" (2008), she is also that rare essayist whose sentences make you sit up and pay attention. "When I Was a Child I Read Books" will find its champions among those who feel the language of our national life has lately suffered some punishing blows."

The Wall Street Journal

Author bio: 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. More information can be found here:

Book Details: Nonfiction Thriller; (206 pp. Religio-biographical: Kindle/Audiobook/Print editions)

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