Monthly Archives: April 2015

Two Quick Reads

Lila by Marilynne Robinson. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 261pp. $26.00 It’s odd that I even read this book. I’m one of the few people in the world who didn’t like Housekeeping, Robinson’s first novel, and I am a renegade from Protestant Christianity and fiction about it. I haven’t read Robinson’s much beloved books Gilead and … Continue reading Two Quick Reads

Heaven All the Way

In Paradise by Peter Matthiessen Riverhead Books 250 pp $16.00 Peter Matthiessen’s final novel—it was published right around the time of his death in 2014—concerns a group of people who come together to do a meditation retreat at Auschwitz. Matthiessen’s Zen teacher, Bernie Glassman, conducted such a retreat, perhaps more than one, and I don’t … Continue reading Heaven All the Way