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.
About the Author
BARBARA KINGSOLVER is the author of eight works of fiction, including the novels The Lacuna, The Poisonwood Bible, Animal Dreams and The Bean Trees, as well as books of poetry, essays and creative non-fiction. Her only work of narrative nonfiction was the enormously influential bestseller Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. In 2000, she was awarded the National Humanities Medal, and in 2011, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for her body of work. She lives with her family on a farm in southern Appalachia.
“Observant, imaginative, and both lucid and impassioned.”
“This book of essays by Barbara Kingsolver is like a visit from a cherished old friend.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Kingsolver possesses a rare depth of understanding of nature’s complex mechanisms.”
-San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
“A delightful, challenging, and wonderfully informative book.”
-San Francisco Chronicle
“Essays … [of] great skill and wisdom.”