Small Wonder: Essays (Paperback)

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In these beautifully powerful and wide-ranging essays, Kingsolver brings her passion to bear on large issues—globalism, war and genocide, genetically engineered foods, hunger and homelessness—while embracing the virtues of conservation, wild places, buying organic and locally grown foods, biodiversity, sustainable living, poetry, basic human kindness, and, yes, independent bookstores. Yet she writes as though she's speaking to you over coffee, and her words spring from the ground of specific observations in the places where she lives and visits: a bobcat seen outside a window of her home in the Tucson hills, scarlet macaws spotted in a Costa Rican jungle, a clutch of eggs gathered from her daughter Lily's chicken coop. How fortunate we are to have a brilliant novelist whose keyboard clicks every bit as lively for her nonfiction. ~ John

— From John


In her new essay collection, the beloved author of High Tide in Tucson brings to us, out of one of history's darker moments, an extended love song to the world we still have.

Whether she is contemplating the Grand Canyon, her vegetable garden, motherhood, genetic engineering, or the future of a nation founded on the best of all human impulses, these essays are grounded in the author's belief that our largest problems have grown from the earth's remotest corners as well as our own backyards, and that answers may lie in both those places.

Sometimes grave, occasionally hilarious, and ultimately persuasive, Small Wonder is a hopeful examination of the people we seem to be, and what we might yet make of ourselves.

Praise For…

“Observant, imaginative, and both lucid and impassioned.”

“This book of essays by Barbara Kingsolver is like a visit from a cherished old friend.”

“Kingsolver possesses a rare depth of understanding of nature’s complex mechanisms.”

“A delightful, challenging, and wonderfully informative book.”

“Essays … [of] great skill and wisdom.”
Product Details
ISBN: 9780060504083
ISBN-10: 0060504080
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: April 15th, 2003
Pages: 288
Language: English