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Publisher Comments:

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.

Review:

"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

Review:

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

Review:

"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

Review:

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

Review:

"Essays ... [of] great skill and wisdom." Booklist

Synopsis:

A travelogue of the world's oceans as a continuous system, from the Burroughs Award-winning author of The Fragile Edge, that combines science, characters, wonders, and history.

Synopsis:

At the center of Deep Blue Home—a penetrating exploration of the ocean as single vast current and of the creatures dependent on it—is Whittys description of the three-dimensional ocean river, far more powerful than the Nile or the Amazon, encircling the globe. Its a watery force connected to the earths climate control and so to the eventual fate of the human race. 

Whittys thirty-year career as a documentary filmmaker and diver has given her sustained access to the scientists dedicated to the study of an astonishing range of ocean life, from the physiology of “extremophile” life forms to the strategies of nesting seabirds to the ecology of “whale falls” (what happens upon the death of a behemoth). 

No stranger to extreme adventure, Whitty travels the oceanside and underwater world from the Sea of Cortez to Newfoundland to Antarctica. In the Galapagos, in one of the books most haunting encounters, she realizes: “I am about to learn the answer to my long-standing question about what would happen to a person in the water if a whale sounded directly alongside—would she, like a person afloat beside a sinking ship, be dragged under too?” 

This book provides extraordinary armchair entree to gripping adventure, cutting-edge science, and an intimate understanding of our deep blue home.

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.

Table of Contents

Contents

Part One: Isla Rasa

1. The Very Air Miraculous 3

2. The River That Was Nowhere and Everywhere 14

3. Another Heaven 20

4. Hunger Island 26

5. The Ornament of the Body 31

6. One Hundred Days of Solitude 36

7. Whorls 43

8. The Unreefed World 51

9. The Epitome of Unrestrained Freedom 58

10. Mirage 64

11. Emotional Ecology 69

12. The Anti-Bodies of Quiet 73

13. Everything Is Already Brilliant 78

Part Two: The Underwater Rivers of the World

14. The Distant Geography of Water 87

15. The Ecumenical Sea 96

16. Deepwater Formation 103

17. The Tempest from the Eagle’s Wings 107

18. One Meritorious Act 114

19. Jump Cut 121

20. Lament for the Thirty Million 131

21. All Time Is Now 138

22. Trophic Cascade 146

23. Bone Rafters 151

24. Soundsabers 159

25. Salting Down the Lean Missionary 167

26. The Existence of a World Previous to Ours 176

27. Reading God 184

28. Nemesis 195

29. The Inexplicable Waves 205

30. At the End of Hunger 209

Part Three: The Airborne Ocean

31. Serpent Cave 221

32. Black Mirror 227

Acknowledgments 237

Notes 239

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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
Author:
Kingsolver, Barbara
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Author:
Whitty, Julia
Author:
by Barbara Kingsolver
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:
TRADE PAPER
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."
"Synopsis" by ,

A travelogue of the world's oceans as a continuous system, from the Burroughs Award-winning author of The Fragile Edge, that combines science, characters, wonders, and history.

"Synopsis" by ,

At the center of Deep Blue Home—a penetrating exploration of the ocean as single vast current and of the creatures dependent on it—is Whittys description of the three-dimensional ocean river, far more powerful than the Nile or the Amazon, encircling the globe. Its a watery force connected to the earths climate control and so to the eventual fate of the human race. 

Whittys thirty-year career as a documentary filmmaker and diver has given her sustained access to the scientists dedicated to the study of an astonishing range of ocean life, from the physiology of “extremophile” life forms to the strategies of nesting seabirds to the ecology of “whale falls” (what happens upon the death of a behemoth). 

No stranger to extreme adventure, Whitty travels the oceanside and underwater world from the Sea of Cortez to Newfoundland to Antarctica. In the Galapagos, in one of the books most haunting encounters, she realizes: “I am about to learn the answer to my long-standing question about what would happen to a person in the water if a whale sounded directly alongside—would she, like a person afloat beside a sinking ship, be dragged under too?” 

This book provides extraordinary armchair entree to gripping adventure, cutting-edge science, and an intimate understanding of our deep blue home.

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