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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.

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"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

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"Altogether marvelous....Observant, imaginative, and both lucid and impassioned." Book Magazine

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"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

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"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

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"Kingsolver possesses a rare depth of understanding of nature's complex mechanisms." San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

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"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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mfrasier31, October 7, 2006 (view all comments by mfrasier31)
When I first finished the collection of essays, I was struck dumb by it's power. While I agreed with much of what Ms. Kingsolver believes, I had never before heard it expressed so beautifully. Without beating the reader over the head with tired cliches or threadbare arguments she presents her "side" of many different issues, although all are tied together by a common thread.

Although I have recommended countless books to my friends and family, this is the first of which I bought several copies to give away myself.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060504083
Subtitle:
Essays
Author:
Kingsolver, Barbara
Author:
by Barbara Kingsolver
Author:
Whitty, Julia
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Oceans & Seas
Subject:
Anthologies-Essays
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Perennial ed.
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series Volume:
EDO-PS-01-7
Publication Date:
April 15, 2003
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 1 lb

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Product details 288 pages Perennial (HarperCollins) - English 9780060504083 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Soulful and soul-searching....A passionate invitation to readers to be a part of the crowd that cares about the environment, peace, and family."
"Review" by , "Altogether marvelous....Observant, imaginative, and both lucid and impassioned."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "Kingsolver possesses a rare depth of understanding of nature's complex mechanisms."
"Review" by , "Essays ... [of] great skill and wisdom."
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