What Are We Doing Here? by Marilynne Robinson audiobook

What Are We Doing Here?: Essays

By Marilynne Robinson
Read by Carrington MacDuffie

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Marilynne Robinson has plumbed the human spirit in her renowned novels, including Lila, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Gilead, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. In this new essay collection she trains her incisive mind on our modern political climate and the mysteries of faith. Whether she is investigating how the work of great thinkers about America, like Ralph Waldo Emerson and Alexis de Tocqueville, inform our political consciousness or discussing how beauty informs and disciplines daily life, Robinson’s peerless prose and boundless humanity are on full display. What Are We Doing Here? is a call for Americans to continue the tradition of those great thinkers and to remake American political and cultural life as “deeply impressed by obligation [and as] a great theater of heroic generosity, which, despite all, is sometimes palpable still.”

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Summary

Summary

An Oprah’s Book Club Selection

An Audiofile Magazine “Best of the Year” Audiobook

An Elle Magazine Pick for February 2018

New York Times Pick for Books of the Times

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of New Books We Recommend This Week

An Amazon Best Book of the Month in Nonfiction

A Midwest Booksellers Association Pick for March

A BookRiot Pick of Must-Read February New Releases

A BuzzFeed Books Pick of Most Exciting New Books of 2018

A Millions.com Pick of Most Anticipated February Books

Marilynne Robinson has plumbed the human spirit in her renowned novels, including Lila, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Gilead, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. In this new essay collection she trains her incisive mind on our modern political climate and the mysteries of faith.

Whether she is investigating how the work of great thinkers about America, like Ralph Waldo Emerson and Alexis de Tocqueville, inform our political consciousness or discussing how beauty informs and disciplines daily life, Robinson’s peerless prose and boundless humanity are on full display. What Are We Doing Here? is a call for Americans to continue the tradition of those great thinkers and to remake American political and cultural life as “deeply impressed by obligation [and as] a great theater of heroic generosity, which, despite all, is sometimes palpable still.”

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Carrington MacDuffie brings her vocal skills and narrative art to this remarkable collection…MacDuffie’s elegant intonation comes through in these challenging and thought-provoking works. Her clear delivery gives shape to the complex arguments…Robinson’s brilliance illuminates this audiobook, and she could have no better narrator than MacDuffie.” AudioFile
“With this volume, Robinson claims her place as an essential thinker—a modern, homebred Tocqueville—and offers a wake-up call for the soul, and for the nation.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“Dwells on the current political and cultural climate, and defends the importance of the public university.” New York Times Book Review
“As a grieving daughter, What Are We Doing Here? supplied me with the nourishing attention to beauty and grace that is everywhere present in Housekeeping and Gilead." Literary Hub
“Robinson’s gorgeous, demanding, and enlightening essays, propelled by her intricate vision of unity, radiantly recharge both mind and soul.” Booklist
“Trenchant essays about faith, values, and history, most delivered as lectures at religious institutions and universities from 2015 to 2017…Sharp, elegant cultural analysis.” Kirkus Reviews
“Robinson’s overall trajectory is clear and important. Her eloquent work stands up for a compassionate faith, the value of education, and a sense of decency.” Publishers Weekly
“Addressing our current political climate, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award winner Robinson, not unexpectedly, does so by considering how writers such as Emerson and Tocqueville have shaped our political thought, encouraging us to continue their tradition and play a role in ‘a great theater of heroic generosity, which, despite all, is sometimes palpable still.’” Library Journal

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Author

Author Bio: Marilynne Robinson

Author Bio: Marilynne Robinson

Marilynne Robinson is a recipient of the 2017 Chicago Tribune Literary Award for lifetime achievement. She has received the 2016 Library of Congress Prize of American Fiction and a 2012 National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Barack Obama for “her grace and intelligence in writing.” She is the author of Gilead, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award; Home, winner of the Orange Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; and Lila, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her first novel, Housekeeping, won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. Her nonfiction books include The Givenness of Things, When I Was a Child I Read Books, Absence of Mind, The Death of Adam, and Mother Country, which was nominated for a National Book Award. She teaches at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Essays
Runtime: 11.12
Audience: Adult
Language: English