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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.


Bonner County Historical Society
This website contains articles and stories about Bonner County, Idaho, including the town of Sandpoint.

Sandpoint Magazine
"100 Years of Memories." The website contains oral interviews with Sandpoint, Idaho, residents on topics of local history from 1901 to 2001.

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.


Pinsker, Sanford. Conversations with Contemporary American Writers. Atlanta, GA: Editions Rodopi, 1985.

Conover, Ted. Rolling Nowhere: Riding the Rails with America's Hoboes. New York: Vintage Books, 2001.

Works by Marilynne Robinson:

Housekeeping (1980)
Gilead (2004)
Home (2008)

Lila (2014)

Mother Country: Britain, the Welfare State, and Nuclear Pollution (1989)
The Death of Adam: Essays on Modern Thought (1998)
Absence of Mind (2010)
When I Was a Child I Read Books (2012)

The Givenness of Things (2015)

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.

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