I read Easter Parade recently in one sitting. It was one of those books that grabs you from page one and doesn’t let you go until the end. It was incredibly dark, painful, and—book reviewers always use this word, but this is my first time feeling its merit—astonishing. I can’t say, though, that I thought it was about renewal. Transformation, yes, but not in the usual Easter sense.

Gilead is on my list of books I want to get to soon. It, along with the rest of Marilynne Robinson’s oevre, is sitting on my shelf glaring at me. READ ME, DAMMIT, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

Well. I am waiting for a goodly sign, Marilynne. Be patient. I am ready to have my socks blown off, but first I want to be wooed. The best books always make me feel like I have read them at the only possible time. 

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Easter is winding down. The last painted eggs have been found in the elbows of oak trees and underneath benches. In honor of Easter, here are two books about renewal and transformation.

EASTER PARADE

Richard Yates’s classic novel is about how both women struggle to overcome their tarnished family’s past, and how both finally reach for some semblance of renewal.

GILEAD

In the luminous and unforgettable voice of Congregationalist minister John Ames, Gilead reveals the human condition and the often unbearable beauty of an ordinary life.

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"People don’t change as they age. They just become more elaborate."

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"In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you."

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"I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good, either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be."

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"I’ve recently been reading a lot of books about Cubism, and I keep coming upon discussion of intersecting planes, and so forth, as if Cubism were about the structure of the object. But really it’s rather about the structure of seeing the object. If there are three noses, that is not because the face has three noses or the nose has three aspects but because it has been seen three times and that is what seeing is like."

— David Hockney, in Lawrence Weschler’s New Yorker article (July 9, 1984)

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