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PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Small Wonder Sometimes grave occasionally hilarious and ultimately persuasive Small Wonder is a hopeful examination of the people we seem to be and what we might yet make of ourselves .
In her new essay collection the beloved author of High Tide in Tucson brings to us out of one of history s darker moments an extended love song to the world we still have .
Whether she is contemplating the Grand Canyon her vegetable garden motherhood genetic engineering or the future of a nation founded on the best of all human impulses these essays are grounded in the author s belief that our largest problems have grown from the earth s remotest corners as well as our own backyards and that answers may lie in both those places .
Sometimes grave occasionally hilarious and ultimately persuasive Small Wonder is a hopeful examination of the people we seem to be and what we might yet make of ourselves
The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price a fierce evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in They carry with them everything they believe they will need from home but soon find that all of it from garden seeds to Scripture is calamitously transformed on African soil What follows is a suspenseful epic of one family s tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa
Clear eyed and spirited Taylor Greer grew up poor in rural Kentucky with the goals of avoiding pregnancy and getting away But when she heads west with high hopes and a barely functional car she meets the human condition head on By the time Taylor arrives in Tucson Arizona she has acquired a completely unexpected child a three year old American Indian girl named Turtle and must somehow come to terms with both motherhood and the necessity for putting down roots Hers is a story about love and friendship abandonment and belonging and the discovery of surprising resources in apparently empty places
Bestselling author Barbara Kingsolver returns with her first nonfiction narrative that will open your eyes in a hundred new ways to an old truth You are what you eat br br As the U S population made an unprecedented mad dash for the Sun Belt one carload of us paddled against the tide heading for the Promised Land where water falls from the sky and green stuff grows all around We were about to begin the adventure of realigning our lives with our food chain br br Naturally our first stop was to buy junk food and fossil fuel br br Hang on for the ride With characteristic poetry and pluck Barbara Kingsolver and her family sweep readers along on their journey away from the industrial food pipeline to a rural life in which they vow to buy only food raised in their own neighborhood grow it themselves or learn to live without it Their good humored search yields surprising discoveries about turkey sex life and overly zealous zucchini plants en route to a food culture that s better for the neighborhood and also better on the table Part memoir part journalistic investigation Animal Vegetable Miracle makes a passionate case for putting the kitchen back at the center of family life and diversified farms at the center of the American diet br br This is the story of a year in which we made every attempt to feed ourselves animals and vegetables whose provenance we really knew and of how our family was changed by our first year of deliberately eating food produced from the same place where we worked went to school loved our neighbors drank the water and breathed the air
i Prodigal Summer i weaves together three stories of human love within a larger tapestry of lives inhabiting the forested mountains and struggling small farms of southern Appalachia br br From her outpost in an isolated mountain cabin Deanna Wolfe a reclusive wildlife biologist watches a den of coyotes that have recently migrated into the region She is caught off guard by a young hunter who invades her most private spaces and confounds her self assured solitary life On a farm several miles down the mountain Lusa Maluf Landowski a bookish city girl turned farmer s wife finds herself unexpectedly marooned in a strange place where she must declare or lose her attachment to the land that has become her own And a few more miles down the road a pair of elderly feuding neighbors tend their respective farms and wrangle about God pesticides and the possibilities of a future neither of them expected br br Over the course of one humid summer these characters find their connections to one another and to the flora and fauna with whom they share a place i Prodigal Summer i demonstrates a balance of narrative drama and ideas that is characteristic of Barbara Kingsolver s finest work
Flight Behavior takes on one of the most contentious subjects of our time climate change With a deft and versatile empathy Kingsolver dissects the motives that drive denial and belief in a precarious world br br Flight Behavior transfixes from its opening scene when a young woman s narrow experience of life is thrown wide with the force of a raging fire In the lyrical language of her native Appalachia Barbara Kingsolver bares the rich tarnished humanity of her novel s inhabitants and unearths the modern complexities of rural existence Characters and reader alike are quickly carried beyond familiar territory here into the unsettled ground of science faith and everyday truces between reason and conviction br br Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at seventeen Now after a decade of domestic disharmony on a failing farm she has settled for permanent disappointment but seeks momentary escape through an obsessive flirtation with a younger man As she hikes up a mountain road behind her house to a secret tryst she encounters a shocking sight a silent forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of fire She can only understand it as a cautionary miracle but it sparks a raft of other explanations from scientists religious leaders and the media The bewildering emergency draws rural farmers into unexpected acquaintance with urbane journalists opportunists sightseers and a striking biologist with his own stake in the outcome As the community lines up to judge the woman and her miracle Dellarobia confronts her family her church her town and a larger world in a flight toward truth that could undo all she has ever believed br br Flight Behavior takes on one of the most contentious subjects of our time climate change With a deft and versatile empathy Kingsolver dissects the motives that drive denial and belief in a precarious world
Animals dream about the things they do in the day time just like people do If you want sweet dreams you ve got to live a sweet life So says Loyd Peregrina a handsome Apache trainman and latter day philosopher But when Codi Noline returns to her hometown Loyd s advice is painfully out of her reach Dreamless and at the end of her rope Codi comes back to Grace Arizona to confront her past and face her ailing distant father What the finds is a town threatened by a silent environmental catastrophe some startling clues to her own identity and a man whose view of the world could change the course of her life Blending flashbacks dreams and Native American legends em Animal Dreams em is a suspenseful love story and a moving exploration of life s largest commitments With this work the acclaimed author of em The Bean Trees em and em Homeland and Other Stories em sustains her familiar voice while giving readers her most remarkable book yet
Mother and adopted daughter Taylor and Turtle Greer are back in this spellbinding sequel about family heartbreak and love br br Six year old Turtle Greer witnesses a freak accident at the Hoover Dam during a tour of the Grand Canyon with her guardian Taylor Her insistence on what she has seen and her mother s belief in her lead to a man s dramatic rescue The mother and adopted daughter duo soon become nationwide heroes even landing themselves a guest appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show But Turtle s moment of celebrity draws her into a conflict of historic proportions stemming right back to her Cherokee roots The crisis quickly envelops not only Turtle and her guardian but everyone else who touches their lives in a complex web connecting their future with their past br br Embark on a unforgettable road trip from rural Kentucky and the urban Southwest to Heaven Oklahoma and the Cherokee Nation testing the boundaries of family and the many separate truths about the ties that bind
In her most accomplished novel Barbara Kingsolver takes us on an epic journey from the Mexico City of artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo to the America of Pearl Harbor FDR and J Edgar Hoover The Lacuna is a poignant story of a man pulled between two nations as they invent their modern identities br br Born in the United States reared in a series of provisional households in Mexico from a coastal island jungle to s Mexico City Harrison Shepherd finds precarious shelter but no sense of home on his thrilling odyssey Life is whatever he learns from housekeepers who put him to work in the kitchen errands he runs in the streets and one fateful day by mixing plaster for famed Mexican muralist Diego Rivera He discovers a passion for Aztec history and meets the exotic imperious artist Frida Kahlo who will become his lifelong friend When he goes to work for Lev Trotsky an exiled political leader fighting for his life Shepherd inadvertently casts his lot with art and revolution newspaper headlines and howling gossip and a risk of terrible violence br br Meanwhile to the north the United States will soon be caught up in the internationalist goodwill of World War II There in the land of his birth Shepherd believes he might remake himself in America s hopeful image and claim a voice of his own He finds support from an unlikely kindred soul his stenographer Mrs Brown who will be far more valuable to her employer than he could ever know Through darkening years political winds continue to toss him between north and south in a plot that turns many times on the unspeakable breach the lacuna between truth and public presumption br br With deeply compelling characters a vivid sense of place and a clear grasp of how history and public opinion can shape a life Barbara Kingsolver has created an unforgettable portrait of the artist and of art itself The Lacuna is a rich and daring work of literature establishing its author as one of the most provocative and important of her time
With the eyes of a scientist and the vision of a poet Barbara Kingsolver explores her trademark themes of family community and the natural world Defiant funny and courageously honest b High Tide in Tucson b is an engaging and immensely readable collection from one of the most original voices in contemporary literature br br Possessed of an extravagantly gifted narrative voice Kingsolver blends a fierce and abiding moral vision with benevolent and concise humour Her medicine is meant for the head the heart and the soul i New York Times Book Review i
Sometimes grave occasionally hilarious and ultimately persuasive Small Wonder is a hopeful examination of the people we seem to be and what we might yet make of ourselves br br In her new essay collection the beloved author of High Tide in Tucson brings to us out of one of history s darker moments an extended love song to the world we still have br br Whether she is contemplating the Grand Canyon her vegetable garden motherhood genetic engineering or the future of a nation founded on the best of all human impulses these essays are grounded in the author s belief that our largest problems have grown from the earth s remotest corners as well as our own backyards and that answers may lie in both those places br br Sometimes grave occasionally hilarious and ultimately persuasive Small Wonder is a hopeful examination of the people we seem to be and what we might yet make of ourselves