cmdoduck, February 10, 2011 (view all comments by cmdoduck)
I really enjoyed reading this book. I would read this book again, it felt like I would enjoy the second read even more than the first. I felt like I could really relate to the main character even though I had never been in the same situations as she had. Even the supportive characters were lovable and I am proud to say that I have friends as wonderful as hers were. It also proves that you just don't know where a friend or support might come from. Our lives take us in so many directions, and we don't realize how wonderful those are until we look back and see how so many of our decisions (or things we don't decide to do) can change our lives for the better. Barbara Kingsolver does a great job at showing through the events in the book how even bad things can turn out to be good.
KDeardorff, August 24, 2007 (view all comments by KDeardorff)
Fall in love with reading again. Kingsolver's characterizations are amazing. You feel as if you are living the lives of these characters along with them. When she describes the oppressive heat of Tucson you actually feel as if you are there. Taylor, the "main" character is a young girl who becomes an instant mother to a 3-yr old. She feels overwhelmed and inadequate, but as pointed out by one of her "guardian angels" all new mothers feel that way. You'll soon fall in love with Taylor, Turtle, Lou Ann and all the other characters in and around the Jesus is Lord tire store.
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by Harper Collins,
Barbara Kingsolver's 1988 debut novel is a classic workof American fiction. Now a standard in college literature classes across thenation, and a book that appears in translation across the globe, The BeanTrees is not only a literary masterpiece but a popular triumph—anarrative that readers worldwide have taken into their hearts. The Los Angeles Times calls The Bean Trees “the work of a visionary. . . . It leaves you open-mouthed and smiling.”
by Harper Collins,
Clear-eyed and spirited, Taylor Greer grew up poor in rural Kentucky with the goals of avoiding pregnancy and getting away. But when she heads west with high hopes and a barely functional car, she meets the human condition head-on. By the time Taylor arrives in Tucson, Arizona, she has acquired a completely unexpected child, a three-year-old American Indian girl named Turtle, and must somehow come to terms with both motherhood and the necessity for putting down roots. Hers is a story about love and friendship, abandonment and belonging, and the discovery of surprising resources in apparently empty places.
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