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  • Gilead | Marilynne Robinson

    Gilead

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Marilynne Robinson
    • Narrated By Tim Jerome
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    In 1956, toward the end of Reverend John Ames's life, he begins a letter to his young son, an account of himself and his forebears. Ames is the son of an Iowan preacher and the grandson of a minister who, as a young man in Maine, saw a vision of Christ bound in chains and came west to Kansas to fight for abolition: He "preached men into the Civil War", then, at age 50, became a chaplain in the Union Army, losing his right eye in battle.

    Penelope Wisner says: "A book for dreaming over"
  • Housekeeping | Marilynne Robinson

    Housekeeping

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Marilynne Robinson
    • Narrated By Becket Royce
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    A modern classic, Housekeeping is the story of Ruth and her younger sister, Lucille, who grow up haphazardly, first under the care of their competent grandmother, then of two comically bumbling great-aunts, and finally of Sylvie, their eccentric and remote aunt. The family house is in the small Far West town of Fingerbone, set on a glacial lake, the same lake where their grandfather died in a spectacular train wreck and their mother drove off a cliff to her death.

    Emily says: "errancy, abandonment, and madness"
  • Lila: A Novel | Marilynne Robinson

    Lila: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Marilynne Robinson
    • Narrated By Maggie Hoffman
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    Lila, homeless and alone after years of roaming the countryside, steps inside a small-town Iowa church - the only available shelter from the rain - and ignites a romance and a debate that will reshape her life. She becomes the wife of a minister, John Ames, and begins a new existence while trying to make sense of the life that preceded her newfound security. Neglected as a toddler, Lila was rescued by Doll, a canny young drifter, and brought up by her in a hardscrabble childhood.

    Stevon says: "Life is what it is...."
  • The Givenness of Things: Essays | Marilynne Robinson

    The Givenness of Things: Essays

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Marilynne Robinson
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
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    The spirit of our times can appear to be one of joyless urgency. As a culture we have become less interested in the exploration of the glorious mind, and more interested in creating and mastering technologies that will yield material well-being. But while cultural pessimism is always fashionable, there is still much to give us hope.

    Adam Shields says: "Mostly thoughts on religious things"
  • Home: A Novel | Marilynne Robinson

    Home: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Marilynne Robinson
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed
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    Glory Boughton, aged 38, has returned to Gilead to care for her dying father. Soon her brother, Jack - the prodigal son of the family, gone for 20 years - comes home too, looking for refuge and trying to make peace with a past littered with tormenting trouble and pain.

    S. Elder says: "Wish that I had read this one"
  • When I Was a Child I Read Books: Essays | Marilynne Robinson

    When I Was a Child I Read Books: Essays

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Marilynne Robinson
    • Narrated By Marilynne Robinson
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    Ever since the 1981 publication of her stunning debut, Housekeeping, Marilynne Robinson has built a sterling reputation as a writer of sharp, subtly moving prose, not only as a major American novelist (her second novel, Gilead, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize) but also a rigorous thinker and incisive essayist. In When I Was a Child I Read Books, Robinson returns to and expands upon the themes that have preoccupied her work with renewed vigor.

    Pamela Dolan says: "Not all agile ad fans will love this."
  • Gilead | Marilynne Robinson

    Gilead

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Marilynne Robinson
    • Narrated By Tim Jerome
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    From the author of Housekeeping, Gilead is the long-hoped-for second novel by one of America's finest writers.

    Chosen by the New York Times Book Review as one of the top six novels of 2004.

    In 1956, toward the end of Reverend John Ames' life, he begins a letter to his young son, a kind of last testament to his remarkable forebears.

    Ben says: "Dour Reading Failed to Resonate"
  • Thalia Book Club: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson | Marilynne Robinson

    Thalia Book Club: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

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    • By Marilynne Robinson
    • Narrated By James Wood
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    Marilynne Robinson discusses her Pulitzer Prize-winning and New York Times best-selling second novel, the lyrical, luminous, unforgettable story of minister John Ames, as told poetically in a long letter to his young son. His powerful story spans three generations from the Civil War to the twentieth century. This is a book that is being passed hand to hand and that booksellers nationwide are recommending.

  • Gilead | Marilynne Robinson

    Gilead

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Marilynne Robinson
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    Auf dem Sterbebett schreibt John Ames einen Brief an seinen siebenjährigen Sohn. Dem Kind will er alles erklären: Die Einsicht, mit der man das eigene Leben auf einen Schlag begreift, den Trost, der in einer einzelnen Berührung liegen kann, und den Ort, der sein Ende beschließt: Gilead, die kleine Stadt unter dem unermesslichen Himmel des Westens, leicht wie Staub und so schwer wie die Welt.

  • When I Was a Child: A

    When I Was a Child: A "When I Was a Child I Read Books" Essay

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    • By Marilynne Robinson
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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 that have preoccupied her work with renewed vigor.

  • The New Yorker Festival - Edward P. Jones and Marilynne Robinson | Edward P. Jones,Marilynne Robinson

    The New Yorker Festival - Edward P. Jones and Marilynne Robinson

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 31 mins)
    • By Edward P. Jones, Marilynne Robinson
    • Narrated By Edward P. Jones, Marilynne Robinson
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    Edward P. Jones's first book, the story collection Lost in the City, won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. Marilynne Robinson made her literary debut in 1981 with the novel Housekeeping, which received a Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

  • Marilynne Robinson in Conversation with Susan Straight (2009): Los Angeles Times Festival of Books | Marilynne Robinson

    Marilynne Robinson in Conversation with Susan Straight (2009): Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

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    • By Marilynne Robinson
    • Narrated By Susan Straight
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    The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. The festival was an immediate success and has become the largest and most prestigious book festival in the country, attracting more than 130,000 book lovers each year.

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