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Annette Bening

Big Read Caricature of Marilynne Robinson by John Sherffius The Big Read selection Housekeeping opens with the narrator Ruth recounting her family’s curious and troubled history in the mysterious town of Fingerbone. The first tragedy is the unusual death of her grandfather, a railroad employee who...
An old cover to Henry James's Washington Square , courtesy of Wikimedia According to author Cynthia Ozick , " Washington Square is a novel about imposture, about people who pretend to be what they are not." Take a listen, she'll tell you. Her insight is reinforced by two remarkable Oscar winners,...
Sunset over Lake Coeur d'Alene by Clarence Nies As winter comes to an end in Housekeeping , the town of Fingerbone is devastated by a major flood, which author Marilynne Robinson describes with both humor and subtle biblical undercurrents. When the banks of the lake are overwhelmed, not even the...
Washington, DC Actress Olivia de Havilland with her copy of Washington Square . Photo courtesy of Dan Stone. The main character of Henry James?s 1880 novel, Washington Square , is Catherine Sloper, a simple but goodhearted young woman. She is the only surviving child of a celebrated New York City...