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Small Wonder
Small Wonder | Barbara Kingsolver
In this collection of essays, the 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. From its opening parable gleaned from recent news about a lost child saved in an astonishing way, the book moves on to consider a world of surprising and hopeful prospects ranging from an inventive conservation scheme in a remote jungle to the backyard flock of chickens tended by the author's small daughter. Whether she is contemplating the Grand Canyon, her vegetable garden, motherhood, adolescence, genetic engineering, TV-watching, the history of civil rights, 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 those places, too. In the voice Kingsolver's readers have come to rely on - 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.
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Jen2
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Really enjoyed her essays.

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LWagoner
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Wonderful collection of essays that make you think, make you feel, and remind you about what is truly important in life. Published 16 years ago, these essays are still relevant to our times and world today. Kingsolver is one of my favorite wordsmiths!

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jetspins24
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Thinking about this today.

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UwannaPublishme
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My #bookspiral is looking more like a staircase. 😁
#uncannyoctober
@RealLifeReading

SilversReviews Love the spiraling. 2y
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jetspins24
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This.

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RachelO
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WanderingBookaneer ❤Shadow of the Wind ❤ 3y
RachelO @WanderingBookaneer 😊I have yet to experience that one! 3y
WanderingBookaneer You will never forget the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. 3y
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TheLushWife
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I love this quote and book!

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Loreen
Small Wonder | Barbara Kingsolver
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It's an okay read. Some of the essays are a wee bit condescending, and a few of the others just illustrate how little we've come since 9/11. And in fact, things may even be worse. But the essays about travel, family, and gardening are quite good.

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jetspins24
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#funfriday - Bright, happy parrots on the cover! And this is the best book of essays ever. I love it so much! About tragedy, resilience, how cultures respond to moments of great adversity, the meaning of patriotism, growing up female, being a mother, being a daughter, nature and science, writing and reading, and what particular stories and places can mean to individuals and humanity in general. A diverse range of lovely, thoughtful writing.

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"Looking out on a clean plank of planet earth, we can get shaken right down to the bone by the bronze-eyed possibility of lives that are not our own."

Wishing I could be outside today instead of at my desk....

This is from an amazing essay collection by my favorite author of all time.

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