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Books, We’ve Got Books

Book #3 for 2009 is "Home" by Marilynne Robinson. I had this on my Kindle before Christmas but saved it to read after the holidays, so I could savor it. "Housekeeping" and "Gilead" are two of my favorite novels, and "Home" did not disappoint. It takes us back to the town of Gilead and views some of the events of that novel from another angle. It's a beautiful book about fitting in, or not, with your own people, about the strains not only between generations but at a hinge moment in history. I'll have to read "Gilead" again now to fill in some of my memory lapses. I highly recommend this book.

Book #4, on a much lighter note, is "A Presumption of Death," by Jill Paton Walsh. Using notes from Dorothy L. Sayers, Paton Walsh has written a couple of Harriet Vane/Peter Wimsey mysteries. I ordinarily object to books of this sort, but I've enjoyed both of her efforts.

I read both of these on my Kindle, which I continue to appreciate as a piece of adaptive equipment. This second Kindle, a reconditioned version I got at half-price from Amazon after I fell and broke the other, tends to be a little buggy, but it works. I updated the software through the Amazon website, but I'm not sure how I would have known to do that unless I had taken it on myself to go and look for answers to a particular problem. I also discovered the handy "Reset" button on the back, which I have used a number of times.

9 thoughts on “Books, We’ve Got Books”

  1. Oh, Songbird, Home so depressed me. I suppose it reminded me of my own family. Alcholism is so horrible. I just saw no hope and no redemption in the novel. Others have disagreed with me and my reaction may have had more to do with where I was when I read it. I listened to Gilead on audiobooks which is such a different experience from reading. I liked Gilead and was so looking forward to Home.

  2. I had discovered Housekeeping and Gilead while trolling on http://www.bookins.com, and enjoyed them but haven’t seen Home yet. I love mysteries but wasn’t familiar with Walsh/Sayers. Bookins has three of their titles, so I’ll give them a try. I see you’re reading Phyllis Tickle, too, a favorite Memphis writer of mine! We share eclectic tastes!

  3. I LOVED Gilead. I read a review of Home a while back that gave me pause, so I’ve not read it yet. Then I read another piece that said it really explained all there was to know about some tenant of theology–I can’t remember where I read it or what precisely it was about (I was tired) but I knew right then if it brought this level of passion out, I had to read it. It is on my own list when I get back to the place I live. Glad to see you are reading it.

  4. Ah, jc, I can see why that would be if the subject touched family history. I just love the way Robinson uses words, and I love the way she writes about God and, more particularly, church.
    Charlotte, thanks for your comment! You, too, stf.
    Lauralew, I didn’t read any reviews, so I was in every way unspoiled.

  5. I loved Gilead and have Home in my stack.
    Thanks for recommendations worth pursuing….
    Oh! And there’s an award for you at my place.

  6. I loved Gilead (Housekeeping, OK but not so much) and when I saw this today I went and ordered Home. So we’ll see.

  7. I’ve been wondering about Home. I loved Gilead too. It’s good to know you liked the sequel. (Or is it really a sequel? Whatever.)

  8. I loved Gilead. Home was also good and typical of Robinson’s wonderful gift as a writer, but it was sad in terms of story-line. Even so, I enjoyed it quite a bit.

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