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Hungry for the World: A Memoir

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ISBN13: 9780375502286
ISBN10: 0375502289
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From the author of the critically acclaimed In the Wilderness comes a riveting new narrative of self-discovery and personal triumph. Hungry for the World is the story of how an intelligent and passionate young woman, yearning for an understanding of the world beyond her insular family life, found her way.

On the day of her 1976 high school graduation in Lewiston, Idaho, Kim Barnes decided she could no longer abide the patriarchal domination of family and church. After a disagreement with her father — a logger and fervent adherent to the Pentecostal Christian faith — she gathered her few belongings and struck out on her own. She had no skills and no funds, but she had the courage and psychological sturdiness to make her way, and to eventually survive the influence of a man whose dominance was of a different and more menacing sort. Hungry for the World is a classic story of the search for knowledge and its consequences, both dire and beautiful.

Review:

"[A] well-crafted memoir....Whether she is recreating the drama of her struggles or conjuring the Idaho wilderness in lyrical passages, Barnes writes beautifully." Publishers Weekly

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"A work thats a powerful cross....At its best, Barnes has given American literature its first cowgirl classic. At its worst, we have soft-core porn for English majors." Kirkus Reviews

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"[B]eautifully written...[Barnes describes] her ordeal powerfully." Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times Book Review

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"Candid but dignified, this is a profoundly disturbing story...and Barnes tells it with consummate skill, courage, and generosity, transforming her pain into an antidote for others." Donna Seaman, Booklist

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"[Barnes] fails to draw deep parallels among her life choices, which makes it difficult to empathize with problems that she seems to bring on herself. Not recommended." Library Journal

Review:

"It is refreshing to read such a moving story of human regeneration." Fort Worth Star Telegram

About the Author

Kim Barnes's In the Wilderness was awarded the PEN/Jerard Fund Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1997 and the PEN/Martha Albrand Award. Her stories and poems have appeared in numerous journals, including The Georgia Review and Shenandoah. She lives with her husband, the poet Robert Wrigley, and their children above the Clearwater River in Idaho.

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chokecherry, November 5, 2006 (view all comments by chokecherry)
I was first introduced to this book from an English professor in college. I had never heard of the book or Kim Barnes and as a typical college student was not in the mood for more than the required reading, but I gave this book a chance. I wasn't more than 3 pages into it when I fell in love. Not only with the story but also Ms. Barne's writing style. She masters a passion of words onto the page that few others can even begin to fathom.
And fear not if you're interested in this but haven't read "In the Wilderness" first. This story fills you in on the basics so you can enjoy the book without second guessing or becoming lost.
This is a great read for anyone who has ever felt lost or not apart of their world.
Thank you Kim. You are wonderful.

-chokecherry
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375502286
Subtitle:
A Memoir
Illustrated by:
James Woodcock
Publisher:
Random House
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
Women poets
Subject:
Family/Interpersonal Memoir
Subject:
Poets, American
Subject:
Women poets, American
Subject:
Lewiston
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Publication Date:
March 21, 2000
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.59x5.84x.95 in. .91 lbs.

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Product details 256 pages Villard Books - English 9780375502286 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A] well-crafted memoir....Whether she is recreating the drama of her struggles or conjuring the Idaho wilderness in lyrical passages, Barnes writes beautifully."
"Review" by , "A work thats a powerful cross....At its best, Barnes has given American literature its first cowgirl classic. At its worst, we have soft-core porn for English majors."
"Review" by , "[B]eautifully written...[Barnes describes] her ordeal powerfully."
"Review" by , "Candid but dignified, this is a profoundly disturbing story...and Barnes tells it with consummate skill, courage, and generosity, transforming her pain into an antidote for others."
"Review" by , "[Barnes] fails to draw deep parallels among her life choices, which makes it difficult to empathize with problems that she seems to bring on herself. Not recommended."
"Review" by , "It is refreshing to read such a moving story of human regeneration."
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