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Novelist Kingsolver (Pigs in Heaven) is not one to let her miscellany stagnate; she has revised or expanded many of the 25 essays included here, most of which have previously been published, and yes, there are thematic links in her view of family, writing, politics and places. The strongest link is Kingsolver's wise and spirited voice, animated by poetic and precise language. A Kentucky transplant to Arizona, Kingsolver recounts the triumph and pathos of her return home as a novelist; she also delights in recollecting her role in the notorious Rock Bottom Remainders, the band of writers famous for their ABA performances. "Raising children is a patient alchemy," she declares; indeed, her self-imposed exile during the Gulf War led her to Spain's Canary Islands and an atmosphere of much greater affection for kids. Reports from Benin and Hawaii, even her aquarium, show the author to be a curious and sensitive observer. Most telling perhaps are Kingsolver's reflections on her mission: because it aims to convey truths we know but can't feel, "[g]ood art is political, whether it means to be or not." Illustrations. Literary Guild alternate.
-ood art is political, whether it means to be or not." Illustrations. Literary Guild alternate.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
YA?Displaying a diverse background and multiple interests, Kingsolver has written about subjects as varied as the biological clock of hermit crabs, tourist wanderings in Benin, and visiting an obsolete Titan missile site. The recurring themes here are the wonder and excitement of parenting; the respect for all creatures, religions, and points of view; and the importance of the natural world in our lives. She weaves these themes throughout her essays and presents readers with a vision of beliefs too often undervalued in our modern world. The author, a skilled observer of both people and nature, claims "to want to know and to write, about the places where disparate points of view rub together?the spaces between." These essays are her attempts to open the doors for her readers to see into those spaces.?Penny Stevens, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
My favorite Kingsolver book. Her politics are evident in certain essays, so you will probably want to steer clear if liberal leanings really bother you. Read morePublished 1 month ago by afdhadfhadsfg
Kinsolver's chapter SEMPER FI includes reasons for science. Her Sense of humor makes this very readable.Published 2 months ago by Charlotte Brewer
The essays involving science were good. The others, about her personal life and politics, were tiresome.Published 2 months ago by Elizabeth Warwick
Wonderful prose informed by a scientific education. Includes reflections on social issues as well as maternal aspirations.
Just entranced by this collection of essays. So refreshing to see considered thoughts and vivid descriptions crafted into themes I relate to our am enamored by, intrigued about or... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderful writer who really loves our fragile planet. Timeless and classic. She is a joy to read.Published 5 months ago by P. Vigil
What a treat to read another B.Kingsolver book. Lavish praise for this book of thought provoking stories. (tho Poisonwood Bible is still my fave! Read morePublished 6 months ago by be
I make no false claims when I say this is my favorite book and at time when I've been traveling on my own like a best friend. I highly recommend it.Published 6 months ago by Kat
Kingsolver's stories are poignant and insightful. This an interesting book of essays and would make a great gift.Published 8 months ago by sandra k bogart