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****Small Wonder

Essays

by Barbara Kingsolver

Reviewed May 7, 2002.
A Sonderbooks' Best Book of 2002
 (#1, Nonfiction)
HarperCollins Publishers, 2002.  267 pages.  Available at Sembach Library (814 KIN).

Wow.  I’ve read two of Barbara Kingsolver’s novels (The Poisonwood Bible and Prodigal Summer), and both of them pack a punch.  This collection of essays hits even harder.  She offers us well-thought out opinions on important topics, ranging from the aftermath of September 11th, war, conscientious eating habits, to endangered wildlife.

Barbara Kingsolver is a brilliant person, an experienced world traveler, and an outstanding writer.  Her essays made me smile in spots, but also made me examine myself, and my own opinions and habits.  The essay on why she doesn’t own a television made me think of my friend Gwendolyn, and the essays on visiting Japan and the environment made me think of my sister Wendy.  I hope you’ll read this book!
 

Review of another book by Barbara Kingsolver:
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle


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