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Hungry for the World: A Memoir

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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:

"Whether she is recreating the drama of her struggles or conjuring the Idaho wilderness in lyrical passages, Barnes writes beautifully." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"...beautifully written...[Barnes describes] her ordeal powerfully." Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times

Review:

"A work that's a powerful cross – part Loretta Lynn, part Thomas Wolfe. Kim Barnes is a Pulitzer Prize finalist who has won and will win many writing awards. In this breakout memoir...Barnes displays more expertise with hunting and guns than Hemingway, and more knowledge of sylvan botany and zoology than Thoreau. The lyrical cadence of her description is what truly elevates the memoir to literature...At its best, Barnes has given American literature its first cowgirl classic." Kirkus Reviews

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

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Kim Barnes is the author of the novel Finding Caruso and two memoirs, In the Wilderness: Coming of Age in Unknown Country—a finalist for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize—and Hungry for the World. She is coeditor with Mary Clearman Blew of Circle of Women: An Anthology of Contemporary Western Women Writers, and with Claire Davis of Kiss Tomorrow Hello: Notes from the Midlife Underground by Twenty-Five Women Over Forty. Her essays, stories, and poems have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including The Georgia Review, Shenandoah, MORE magazine, and the Pushcart Prize Anthology. She teaches writing at the University of Idaho and lives with her husband, the poet Robert Wrigley, on Moscow Mountain.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385720441
Author:
Barnes, Kim
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Author:
Woodcock, James
Location:
New York
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Family/Interpersonal Memoir
Subject:
Poets, American
Subject:
Lewiston
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography-Women
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20010331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8 x 5.94 x 0.54 in 0.5 lb

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Product details 256 pages Anchor Books - English 9780385720441 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Whether she is recreating the drama of her struggles or conjuring the Idaho wilderness in lyrical passages, Barnes writes beautifully."
"Review" by , "...beautifully written...[Barnes describes] her ordeal powerfully."
"Review" by , "A work that's a powerful cross – part Loretta Lynn, part Thomas Wolfe. Kim Barnes is a Pulitzer Prize finalist who has won and will win many writing awards. In this breakout memoir...Barnes displays more expertise with hunting and guns than Hemingway, and more knowledge of sylvan botany and zoology than Thoreau. The lyrical cadence of her description is what truly elevates the memoir to literature...At its best, Barnes has given American literature its first cowgirl classic."
"Review" by , "It is refreshing to read such a moving story of human regeneration."
"Synopsis" by , 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.

"Synopsis" by , 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.
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