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