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. From its opening parable gleaned from recent news about a lost child saved in an astonishing way, the book moves on to consider a world of surprising and hopeful prospects, ranging from an inventive conservation scheme in a remote jungle to the backyard flock of chickens tended by the author's small daughter.
Whether she is contemplating the Grand Canyon, her vegetable garden, motherhood, adolescence, genetic engineering, TV-watching, the history of civil rights, 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 those places, too. In the voice Kingsolver's readers have come to rely on—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.
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While she stresses repeatedly how blessed she is to have these twin retreats, it's somewhat jarring in conjunction with a preceding essay in which she writes, “For most of my life I've felt embarrassed by a facet of our national character that I would have to call prideful wastefulness.” Kingsolv...| Read Full Review of Small Wonder: Essays
It comes as no surprise to regular visitors of Kingsolver's wild kingdom of novels like Animal Dreams and The Poisonwood Bible that the best-selling writer of this lambent collection of essays is so much who she is: a reverent naturalist in love with the earth and against the intrusion of ca...Apr 26 2002 | Read Full Review of Small Wonder: Essays
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This spiritual truth gives way to her courageous presupposition that instead of returning the blows to the terrorist networks around the globe we need to look at other serious dangers we face: "A careless way of sauntering across the earth and breaking open its treasures, a terrible dependency on...| Read Full Review of Small Wonder: Essays
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