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Publisher's Summary

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.

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

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Good book, but not unabridged...

I must have a newer copy of this book, but there were many chapters not included in this audible... nevertheless, it was a wonderful compilation of thoughtful short stories!

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  • 11-18-19

Just wonderful!

Sweet, funny, profound in it's simplicity. This book made me laugh and cry at my own inadequacies as a naturalist and writer.

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Perfection

For some reason, I’ve had this in my library for probably a couple of years but never read/listened to it. BK’s writing is beautiful & I love her narration. (If you’re looking for a full novel, check out Prodigal Summer - my favorite.) I think of myself as not preferring to listen to essays, but I was reminded that some of these stories are perfect. Thought provoking & thoughtfully impactful language. Don’t hesitate!

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Fantastic clever does not disappoint

Barbara reads this herself which is everything! Clever, funny, heartwarming. She describes all the meanings of life in her metaphors and symbols.

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Timeless, Genuine & Wonderful!!!

Read this at least 30years ago and a friend recommended I listen to it! Fell in LOVE once again with BK!!!

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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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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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thoughtful

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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critical read

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

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  • 02-28-22

Perfect prose poetry

I come back to this book again and again for its gentle intelligent hopefulness about life

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  • 04-04-16

A prod for humanity

This gentle yet thought provoking personal exposition gives Barbara Kingsolver's perspective on the micro and macro of life. If more followed her suggested life mantras the world would be a much better place.

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