American Odd: History of Joseph Smith by His Mother, by Lucy Mack Smith

In this installment of American Odd, I review a biography of the Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith, as told by his mother, Lucy Mack Smith. Continue reading American Odd: History of Joseph Smith by His Mother, by Lucy Mack Smith

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Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

Marilynne Robinson is not a prolific author, but like fellow slow writers Thomas Pynchon and Alexander Theroux, each of her novels is a finely hewn literary masterpiece.  Gilead reveals literature at its finest.  Taking the form of letters written to his young son, Reverend John Ames, an old man approaching the twilight of his years, writes about God, history, fathers and sons, and life.  According to the summary on the dust jacket, the year is 1956.  Past and present commingle as Ames remembers his early life, including his father the pacifist and his grandfather, the fiery visionary abolitionist.  Father and … Continue reading Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

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