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Small Wonder: Essaysby 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.
Whether she is contemplating the Grand Canyon, her vegetable garden, motherhood, genetic engineering, 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 both those places.
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.
"Soulful and soul-searching....A passionate invitation to readers to be a part of the crowd that cares about the environment, peace, and family." San Francisco Chronicle
"Altogether marvelous....Observant, imaginative, and both lucid and impassioned." Book Magazine
"It is fascinating that in her essay on what makes a story valuable, Kingsolver never mentions the companionship of a narrative voice...when such a voice is her greatest strength." Penelope Mesic, Book Magazine
"All of Kingsolver's issues are worthy, certainly, but the work is made less palatable by what seems to be a naivete....Her best pieces...have a narrow focus. Good intentions and craft marred by sanctimony." Kirkus Reviews
"Kingsolver possesses a rare depth of understanding of nature's complex mechanisms." San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
"Essays ... [of] great skill and wisdom." Booklist
About the Author
Barbara Kingsolver's twelve books of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction include the novels The Bean Trees and The Poisonwood Bible. Translated into nineteen languages, her work has won a devoted worldwide readership and many awards, including the National Humanities Medal. Her most recent book is the highly praised, New York Times bestselling Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, published in May 2007. She lives with her family on a farm in southwestern Virginia.
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