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by Marilynne Robinson

I have spent my life watching, not to see beyond the world, merely to see, great mystery, what is plainly before my eyes.

Books that Include Essays by Marilynne Robinson

  • Abernethy, Bob, and William Bole. The Life of Meaning: Reflections on Faith, Doubt, and Repairing the World. New York: Seven Stories Press, 2007.
  • Thornton, John F., and Susan B. Varenne, eds. John Calvin: Steward of God's Covenant: Selected Writings. Preface by Marilynne Robinson. New York: Vintage, 2006.
If you enjoyed Housekeeping, you might enjoy:
  • Willa Cather's My Ántonia, 1918
  • Evan S. Connell's Mrs. Bridge, 1959
  • Kathleen Norris's The Cloister Walk, 1996
  • Thornton Wilder's The Bridge of San Luis Rey, 1927
If you want to read books that influenced the writing of Housekeeping, you might enjoy:
  • Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights, 1847
  • Herman Melville's Moby-Dick, 1851
  • Henry David Thoreau's Walden, 1854
  • William Butler Yeats's The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats, 2008


  • Bonner County Historical Society
    This site contains articles and stories about Bonner County, Idaho, including the town of Sandpoint.
  • Sandpoint Magazine
    "100 Years of Memories." The site contains oral interviews with Sandpoint, Idaho, residents on topics of local history from 1901 to the present day.
  • Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest
    Information and curriculum packets on Pacific Northwest history, culture, and literature, including an essay, "My Western Roots," by Marilynne Robinson, are included on this website.
  • Darius Kinsey Photographs
    A collection of selected images by Darius Kinsey, the most important photographer of logging in the Pacific Northwest. The University of Washington Libraries' collection illustrates logging and lumbering from the turn of the century until the 1940s.
  • A Conversation with Marilynne Robinson
    An interview with Marilynne Robinson conducted by Sarah Flynn, Thomas King, and Adam O'Connor Rodriguez on April 24, 2006.
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