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Exploring the themes of family, community, and the natural world with the vision of a poet and the eyes of a scientist, Barbara Kingsolver writes about ideas as diverse as modern motherhood, the history of private property, and the suspended citizenship of humans in the animal kingdom. Her canny pursuit of meaning from an inscrutable world takes place in surprising places: a museum of atomic bomb relics, a garden invaded persistently by a wild pig, and a high tide in Illinois observed by a troop of oysters.

In sharing her thoughts about the urgent business of being alive, Kingsolver employs the same keen eyes, persuasive tongue, and understanding heart that characterize her acclaimed fiction. Her essays are defiant, funny, and courageously honest.

(P)1995 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc., All Rights Reserved, Harper Audio, a division of HarperCollins Publishers

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"There is no one quite like Barbara Kingsolver in contemporary literature." ( Washington Post Book World)

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  • Deborah Cox
  • 20-01-15

I love love love her books. I can't wait for a new

I love that she reads her own work for the Audible books. It's an awesome voice to listen to. And I feel that I'm hearing the voice that is in the story.

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  • Kimi C
  • 12-07-14

Kingsolver Magic

I read this book when it was first published; listened to it on audio some years later and then purchased it again on audible. Kingsolver's stories are a blend of subtle humor and a life perspective that is thoughtful and appealing. I will read this again and again.

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  • chris
  • 21-09-12

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I always love reading her books & listening to her read her work. I enjoy her descriptions of life's simplicities and revel in her ability to illuminate just how extraordinary these simplicities truly are :-)

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  • Nora
  • 13-05-07

critical read

She always make you think, that is what i really enjoy about her books, you are always learning.