Orange Prize Giveaway #3: Housekeeping


Up for grabs: Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

Orange Connection: Housekeeping was published before the Orange Prize was created, but Marilynne Robinson has graced the Orange Prize short list since!

Your activity: Housekeeping was published in 1981. What were you doing in 1981? Tell us in the comments below!

Reminders: Orange July giveaways are open to all Orange July participants (you must be signed up through thisย Mr. Linky page), is open to anyone around the world, and you can win more than one giveaway. Youโ€™re welcome to participate in any giveaway activities without being entered into the drawing; just let me know in your comments.ย Giveaway closes at 9pm Eastern. Have fun!


23 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Iris
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 19:40:23

    Interesting. I’d love to enter for this one. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you what I was doing in 1981, as I wasn’t born yet!


  2. The Ramblings of a Demented Mind
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 19:43:13

    Wasn’t born!!! ๐Ÿ˜€


  3. Rachel
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 19:44:18

    Let’s see here…In 1981 I was less than 2 years old for most of the year. I was probably walking for part of that time, was NOT talking, probably did a lot of pooping, eating, and crying as well. I lived in Bartlesville, OK at the time.


  4. Beth Parks Aronson
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 19:54:25

    Ok, apparently I’m the old lady in this group. I was graduating from High School and heading to Brown University.


  5. Prashansa
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 19:57:49

    I wasn’t born yet, and I cannot recall what I was doing in my past life. I hope I was an old lady warm in my bed, reading a good book.


  6. Helen
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 20:04:16

    Hey, I’m claiming the old lady prize thus far!! In 1981 I’d already finished six years of medical school and three years of general rotations in hospitals. It was my first year of specialist training, working crazy rosters and doing little else apart from working, studying, eating, and sleeping – and there was not much sleeping going on I’m afraid… ๐Ÿ˜‰


  7. Heather Holt
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 20:05:47

    I was born in 1981!


  8. Pogue
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 20:34:06

    1981 bike riding, running, swimming, watching Mt St. Helen’s erupt. Clam digging, camping, and reading.


  9. raidergirl3
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 20:34:21

    Go Helen and Beth! I was worried there would be a bunch of ‘haven’t been born yet’ when I looked at the comments. We are getting old Jill!
    I was in junior high school, grade 8 or 9. So basically having the same summer I am now- sleeping in, reading, hanging at a pool.

    Don’t enter me to win this one.


  10. Peggy
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 21:11:08

    O.K. I’m going to claim Old Lady although Helen is only a year or so (or 3 or 4….) behind. In 1981 I was trying to do as little housekeeping as possible – some things don’t change – and teaching private piano lessons in the afternoons after subbing at the high school in the earlier part of the day.
    Please don’t enter me for this one either, Jill.


  11. Paperback Lover
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 21:16:54

    Funny that, in 1981, I was four years old and my parents were about to expand and renovate our house. So we lived with my grandparents who lived next door to us.


  12. Dee Ingram
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 21:46:39

    I was thirteen and dancing to Soft Cell and Adam and the Ants at the school disco.


  13. Misha
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 21:59:12

    I wasn’t born yet ๐Ÿ˜€


  14. nomadreader
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 22:01:15

    In 1981, I was accomplishing such milestones as learning to sit-up, talk, walk and turn one!


  15. Jane
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 22:01:53

    I may be the oldest — in 1981, I was in NYC taking care of my 3 year old and teaching as a graduate assistant at NYU and an adjunct at Queens — trying to put together a dissertation proposal (which never really happened). The next year we moved to Florida.


  16. Jayme@Beachreader
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 22:25:03

    I think I rank in the oldy, but goody group. I was in my sophomore year of college majoring in drinking and backgammon. I became very proficient in both. Luckily, I did manage to graduate. Marilynne Robinson is my favorite author. I have all her books. No need to enter me in the giveaway.


  17. Cait
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 00:41:27

    I’m another member of the not-born-yet club!


  18. Becca
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 00:47:57

    I was negative 10 years old ๐Ÿ™‚


  19. snowfeathers
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 01:24:48

    In 1981 I was one year old, so I guess I was walking in the park with my mum ๐Ÿ™‚


  20. Phoebe
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 06:29:07

    In 1981, I was entering my sophmore year at Brown University, a year ahead of Beth. Writing papers on a typewriter well in advance of the advent of computers. It has been fun the read the comments that came before my post. I actually saw Adam Ant at a local bar in Providence a couple of years later. Which now makes me wonder what happend to him and Soft Cell…probably been featured on a show on VH1 at some point in time.


  21. rainpebble/belva
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 08:10:31

    Okay, I know I am the old lady in the group. **shocked face** Did I just call myself a lady? Hmmmmm………. anyway in 1981 I was 34, married, the mother of a 15 year old son, a 12 year old daughter and a 6 year old daughter. I was definitely ‘housekeeping’ and working full time at the local grocery store.
    But please don’t put me in the lottery for the book Jill as I already have it. Thank you and to all of you ‘young ladies’, have a lovely day and good luck in the drawing.


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