Search Results: "Marilynne Robinson"


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ROBINSON by Peter Sís
Kirkus Star
by Peter Sís, illustrated by Peter Sís
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"An enchanting love letter to the magic of childhood and the fertile relationship between good literature and young readers' imaginations. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Sís takes readers on a journey to a Slumberland-esque island that reinforces the joys of storytelling and would make Winsor McCay's Little Nemo proud. Read full book review >

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ROBINSON by Christopher Petit
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"While his evocation of a world sunk in anomie is a modest success, his character-driven story is a failure: Robinson is just too much of a hand-me-down to be convincing."
British film director Petit draws on his movie experience for his first novel—the sometimes surreal portrait of a London wheeler-dealer and his shadowy world. Read full book review >

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LILA by Marilynne Robinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Fans of Robinson will wish the book were longer—and will surely look forward to the next."
More balm in Gilead as Robinson (When I Was a Child I Read Books, 2012, etc.) returns to familiar ground to continue the saga ofJohn Amesand his neighbors. Read full book review >

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HOME by Marilynne Robinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2008

"Comes astonishingly close to matching its amazing predecessor in beauty and power."
A companion volume to Robinson's luminous, Pulitzer-winning novel Gilead (2004). Read full book review >

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THE DEATH OF ADAM by Marilynne Robinson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 14, 1998

"This is a book written in hope."
The author of Housekeeping (1980) and Mother Country (1989) challenges the accepted views of Calvin, Darwin, and others to invigorate intellectual discourse and, by extension, change our days and minds. Read full book review >

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GILEAD by Marilynne Robinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"Robinson has composed, with its cascading perfections of symbols, a novel as big as a nation, as quiet as thought, and moving as prayer. Matchless and towering."
The wait since 1981 and Housekeeping is over. Robinson returns with a second novel that, however quiet in tone and however delicate of step, will do no less than tell the story of America—and break your heart. Read full book review >

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HOUSEKEEPING by Marilynne Robinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 14, 1980

"A convoluted novel, obsessively striated with repetitive images of fluidity—flooding waters, blinking trains, the play of light and darkness, wisps of overheard tales—but if the poetry is over-stressed, the bottom-line talent in this highly promising debut is unmistakable."
Robinson's brooding first novel is perhaps fatally weighed down with excess myth-and-symbol pretensions, but it's often exhilaratingly imaginative—as narrator Ruth becomes a kind of spectral presence in the tale of her own childhood and early adolescence in a remote, flood-prone lakeside village in Idaho. Read full book review >

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THE GIVENNESS OF THINGS by Marilynne Robinson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Deeply thoughtful essays on troubling and divisive cultural—and spiritual—issues."
A sober, passionate defense of Christian faith. Read full book review >

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WHEN I WAS A CHILD I READ BOOKS by Marilynne Robinson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2012

"Articulate and learned descriptions and defenses of the author's Christian faith."
The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist returns with a collection of essays that are variously literary, political and religious. Read full book review >

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ROBINSON CRUSOE by Daniel Defoe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 15, 2011

"Readers themselves will be in need of rescue from this abominable adaptation. (iPad storybook app. 9-11)"
A drastically abbreviated and uncommonly inept version of the classic survival tale. Read full book review >

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ROBINSON CRUSOE by Daniel Defoe
by Daniel Defoe, illustrated by Penko Gelev, retold by Ian Graham
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2011

"At best, a poor substitute for Cliffs Notes and like slacker fare. (Graphic novel. 11-14)"
A labored retelling of the classic survival tale in graphic format, heavily glossed and capped with multiple value-added mini-essays. Read full book review >

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ROBINSON CRUSOE by Dan Johnson
adapted by Dan Johnson, illustrated by Naresh Kumar
Released: July 6, 2010

"Passable for young readers fond of action-packed video games but unlikely to inspire interest in the original. (Graphic classic. 10 & up)"
Johnson and Kumar revisit Daniel Defoe's classic castaway tale for the PlayStation generation, creating a survival story told through fast-paced action sequences that barely scratches the surface of the original. Read full book review >