Interior States: Essays

Interior States: Essays

"Meghan O'Gieblyn's deep and searching essays are written with a precise sort of skepticism and a slight ache in the heart. A first-rate and riveting collection." --Lorrie Moore A fresh, acute, and even profound collection that centers around two core (and related) issues of American identity: faith, in general and the specific forms Christianity takes in particular; and t...

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Title:Interior States: Essays
Author:Meghan O'Gieblyn
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Interior States: Essays Reviews

  • Jason Scarbrough

    Great book on the midwestern mindset and the author's loss of faith.

  • Alan

    Yet once again, Nervous Breakdown Book Club drags me out of my reading comfort zone into a world of phenomenal essays touching on topics as disparate as John Updike, Christian Music, and Michigan. The author, now secular, was once a home-schooled evangelical who studied at a famous bible college. I was concerned in starting out that this would either be a scathing criticism of something I knew very little about (evangelical christianity) or some sort of confessional. It was neither. The author p

    Yet once again, Nervous Breakdown Book Club drags me out of my reading comfort zone into a world of phenomenal essays touching on topics as disparate as John Updike, Christian Music, and Michigan. The author, now secular, was once a home-schooled evangelical who studied at a famous bible college. I was concerned in starting out that this would either be a scathing criticism of something I knew very little about (evangelical christianity) or some sort of confessional. It was neither. The author portrayed her faith in ways that made sense to me - not that I agreed with it - but her tone was reasoned, rational, and unlike much writing about the topic devoid, mostly, of politics or hyperbole. I specifically appreciated her co-opting the term "Jesus freak" as one of empowerment, not derision. As all great writing should do, this book leaves me with more questions than answers and wanting to read more of Ms. O'Gieblyn's writings.

  • Marian

    Assigned review TK in October.

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