Author Spotlight: Marilynne Robinson (9/14/20)

Today’s spotlight is on Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson as she returns to the beautiful world of Gilead with JACK. This final installment of the Gilead saga brings together all the beloved characters and focuses on the complexities of American history with an elegant story of beauty, humor, mystery, and joy. JACK 4 starred reviews! […]

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Marilynne Robinson’s JACK Is Available on Edelweiss!

Marilynne Robinson fans, rejoice! JACK, the final installment in the Gilead novels, is now available to download as an e-galley from Edelweiss! Marilynne Robinson’s mythical world of Gilead, Iowa—the setting of her novels GILEAD, HOME, and LILA, and now JACK—and its beloved characters have illuminated and interrogated the complexities of American history, the power of […]

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Maximum Shelf: THE SECOND HOME (1/6/20)

Today’s Maximum Shelf pick is Christina Clancy’s debut novel of family, nostalgia, and second chances, THE SECOND HOME. After a disastrous summer spent at her family summer home on Cape Cod, seventeen-year-old Ann Gordon was left with a secret that changed her life forever, and created a rift between her sister, Poppy, and their adopted […]

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Stars for LILA!

Stars for LILA!

If you’re like us, you’ve been eagerly anticipating Marilynne Robinson’s third volume in her Gilead series, LILA, following the Pulitzer Prize–winning GILEAD and National Book Award finalist HOME. This last book in the trilogy revisits beloved characters and tells the backstory of Lila, the young bride of elderly Reverend Ames, first met in GILEAD. Reviews […]

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State of the Nation According to Books

State of the Nation According to Books

Justin Cartwright (OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY) created an excellent list of ten novels that he believes best encapsulate the state of affairs of their respective societies. His list, published in the Guardian, includes socially poignant literature from Charles Dickens, John Updike, Salman Rushdie (a personal favorite), as well as Tom Wolfe's THE BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES, Marilynne Robinson's HOME, and Jonathan Franzen's FREEDOM.

Justin says, "When nations are undergoing some form of stress, be it financial or ethical or even military, state of the nation novels tend to be more numerous;  they come in many guises, but they have one thing in particular, that they provide a commentary or a judgment on the times." [...]

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