Fallback Fiction – The books we never, ever tire of reading

by Tee Tate

Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

I don’t often re-read books. In fact, I can count on one hand the number of books I’ve re-read in my lifetime: four, three of them being the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the other being Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping.

I first read Housekeeping during a college English class, and I loved it immediately. The mood and even the plot are somber and more than a little sad, but the writing is outright gorgeous. It’s the kind of writing that carries you away, that makes you feel each and every heartache, perfect for curling up under a warm blanket with a mug of coffee — and a dictionary. Robinson’s words and sentences are lyrical and complex and beguiling, making Housekeeping a must-read for lovers of word craft. Sometimes even a must re-read.

~Elisha Dew

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Bad Ton 3 November, 2011 - 10:30 am

I agree, Brian!

BriScribes73 3 November, 2011 - 11:51 am

That is because you are one HOOPY frood!


Jennifer 3 November, 2011 - 10:32 am

such great picks everyone! Laura, Lisa, Elisha – heart those especially.

akdilmore 3 November, 2011 - 11:08 am

Bryan, I've only read it once, but I, too, love King's On Writing.

BriScribes73 3 November, 2011 - 11:53 am

Ditto…the book is worth the read for the diatribe against adverbs alone!

BriScribes73 3 November, 2011 - 11:52 am

Great picks! Most I know…a few I need to meet. Thanks for the introduction!

Tee 3 November, 2011 - 12:56 pm

Some truly amazing choices, guys. Really, I'm impressed!

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