High Tide in Tucson by Barbara Kingsolver
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"There is no one quite like Barbara Kingsolver in contemporary literature," raves the Washington Post Book World, and it is right. She has been nominated three times for the ABBY award, and her critically acclaimed writings consistently enjoy spectacular commercial success as they entertain and touch her legions of loyal fans.

In High Tide in Tucson, she returnsto her familiar themes of family, community, the common good and the natural world. The title essay considers Buster, a hermit crab that accidentally stows away on Kingsolver's return trip from the Bahamas to her desert home, and turns out to have manic-depressive tendencies. Buster is running around for all he's worth -- one can only presume it's high tide in Tucson. Kingsolver brings a moral vision and refreshing sense of humor to subjects ranging from modern motherhood to the history of private property to the suspended citizenship of human beings in the Animal Kingdom.

Beautifully packaged, with original illustrations by well-known illustrator Paul Mirocha, these wise lessons on the urgent business of being alive make it a perfect gift for Kingsolver's many fans.


About Barbara Kingsolver

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Barbara Kingsolver is the author of seven works of fiction, including the novels The Poisonwood Bible, Animal Dreams, and The Bean Trees, as well as books of poetry, essays, and creative nonfiction such as Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. In 2000, she was awarded the National Humanities Medal, our country's highest honor for service through the arts. She lives with her family on a farm in southern Appalachia.
Published March 17, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 290 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Kingsolver seriously begs the questions in a discussion on violence in the electronic media versus violence in literature when she avers that researchers ""have known for decades"" that watching violence causes violence.

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Nights and Weekends

She's best known for her novels, but here in this collection of essays originally conceived and published in different magazines, Barbara Kingsolver ruminates about the concepts that engage her while she describes what she was doing at the time.

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Spirituality & Practice

Reviews Philosophy About Our Affiliates Books & Audios Recently Reviewed In this fine collection of essays, Barbara Kingsolver writes about some of the things that matter most to her: the particularities of place, the play of the past, the challe...

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whether she is writing about her 2-year-old daughter's acts of defiance, about buying a love fetish in a West African street market, or about the wild pigs that chew up her desert garden at night, she is searching, always, after "the root of all passion."

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