Everything for Your Home's
Beauty, Comfort & Convenience 384-2123
704 Jamestown St, Columbia
Dr. Ronald P. Rogers
Support for your body's natural healing capabilities
Click here for details
Click here for information
Real Estate & Auction Co.
Duo County Telecom
Now Available Through
Your Cable Service!
GUN & PAWN
What's Going On
Info about the
Janice Holt Giles
and Henry Giles Society
Columbia Gas Dept.
GAS LEAK or GAS SMELL
24 hrs/ 365 days
270-384-2006 or 9-1-1
Call before you dig
Directory of Churches
phone numbers and more
for churches in Adair County
Find Great Stuff in
Antiques, Help Wanted,
Autos, Real Estate,
Legal Notices, More...
Books: Recommends Marilynne Robinson fiction
Thoughts after reading: CM Article 45454: Rev Joey N Welsh Lifelong learning and fullness of appreciation
By Sharon Whitehurst
Rev Welsh's essay reminds me that I read "Gilead" and its companion piece, "Home" several years ago.
I can usually pinpoint why I like [or dislike] a book. These two are a bit more difficult for me to pin down.
Having grown up in a small town [ three miles out of town, a subtly measurable difference] in the 1950's, my generational place would be that of John Ames' young son.
The sense of tightly knit family groups was well-preserved with the use of "party lines" [as in telephones] nosey, but caring neighbors who dropped by to borrow a cup of sugar, return a tool, commiserate about the lack of rain or too much there-of. This remembered neighborliness with its back porch visits is part of Gilead's charm.
Marilynne Robinson's fiction delicately captures all this and more. She makes us aware of the many layers of personality and character which live beneath the obvious.
Rev. Welsh's essay will prompt a visit to the library [or to alibris] to re-read these two books. I recommend them. --Sharon Whitehurst
This story was posted on 2011-07-10 13:36:37
Printable: this page is now automatically formatted for printing.
Have comments or corrections for this story? Use our contact form and let us know.
To sponsor news and features on ColumbiaMagazine, please use our contact form.
More articles from topic Books:
Everyone invited to book signing for Bud Willis
Book signing for Osceola: The town the river claimed
Three Adair students win first place in statewide writing contest
Tom Chaney: An Island in the Stream
Book signing today for SUN. with CM contributor Carol Perkins
Columbia, KY, author makes special gift to Relay for Life
Lap Sit Program time changes at Adair Public Library
John E. Moss, Jamestown, KY, has 2 books out this month
Link of local interest: About Mark Twain autobiography
KHS will dedicate Cabbage Patch historical marker
View even more articles in topic Books
Bank of Columbia
If You're Thinking of Selling,
Let Us Do the Yelling
Principal Broker & Auctioneer
Burton Real Estate
& Auction Service
Call Us For Appraisals
Click for Listings
On This Site
or Click Here
The Best of
Local Stories of
The Greatest Generation
Order Book or e-Book
See who's celebrating
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Special Events List
ColumbiaMagazine.com content is available as an RSS/XML feed for your RSS reader or other news aggregator.
Contact us: Columbia Magazine and columbiamagazine.com are published by D'Zine, Ltd., PO Box 906, Columbia, KY 42728.