Small Wonder by Barbara Kingsolver
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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.

 

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 April 15, 2003 by Harper Perennial. 267 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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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...

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Small Wonder by Barbara Kingsolver 282pp, Faber, £12 Barbara Kingsolver is one of the few American writers who have refused to join George Bush's cheerleaders.

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Publishers Weekly

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This book of essays by Kingsolver (The Poisonwood Bible, etc.) is like a visit from a cherished old friend.

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Entertainment Weekly

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...

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Spirituality & Practice

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...

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