And I found a picture that goes well with my latest reviewed book! Summer sun, barns and hay bales are a frequent occurrence in The Prodigal Summer.
A book about summer surrounded by my winter decor.🤣
This novel is a beautiful meditation on summer in the Appalachian mountains. At times I could almost smell the crisp mountain air, hear the rain in the trees & birdsong in the air. It‘s also a story about the forest, trees, wildlife, coyotes, moths, birds, life on a family farm. And love. Love in all its many forms.
It‘s my first quiet day home alone since before Thanksgiving! 🎉🙌🏽
Although I do have some chores to do (and a 60 min work out), I‘m really looking forward to some downtime to read my #ecofeminist pick for #booked2022. Anyone have a suggestion of where this could fit for #pop22, doesn‘t seem to work for any of those prompts. 📖
Wow. Another book I did not want to end. It chronicles one summer in three strangers lives living in southern Appalachia. The way Kingsolver gives so much imagery in her details and weaves intricate relationships is always so mesmerizing. Every time I read a book by her, I crave more. This book had so much animal, bug, and plant love and knowledge I was so completely enthralled.
Ahhhhh - this book! Enjoyed it and then didn't. I'm a bit disappointed because I expected more. There was so much potential in the characters, writing and plot, but - Alas! Forced myself to finish the last pages... that's how bad it got for me.
I am such a fan of Barbara Kingsolver, and this did not disappoint! Three fierce women, live on their terms in the forested mountains and small farms of Appalachia. It takes place over the course of one Summer. Their stories connect,and at the heart is a den of coyotes that have migrated into the region. Beautifully written. Characters that will capture your heart. Captivating.
Loved the audio. Read by the author.
Photo of the book‘s endpapers.
1. Yes, some when I was young like Anne of Green Gables, A Little Princess, the Ramona books. As an adult, I‘ve read Wuthering Heights, Handmaid‘s Tale, some of the HP books, A River Runs Through It, A Wall in the Woods, maybe some others. I don‘t reread as much lately because of the length of my tbr.
2. Yes, but not the only factor.
Thank you for the invite @EadieB ! #ThankfulThursday @Cosmos_Moon
1. My parents came up with an original spelling using an e and an i instead of an a and y for Meribeth so I have been Beth, Beth Ann and Meribeth throughout my life and “Meribeth Ann!” When I was in trouble as a little one.
2. A colleague gave a glowing endorsement of me and my work to our new office Director who has been very positive and enthusiastic so far (day four🤓)!
I sought out this book after finishing “Where the Crawdads Sing.” The audiobook is narrator by Kingsolver and transported me straight into the heart of the story. I loved this intimate, beautiful look at nature and humans.
Thanks for the tag, Danielle! 😘
🍉 Tomatoes right off of the vine, cucumbers, and sweet corn
📚 Prodigal Summer (tagged) & Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
🐳 Yes, both in the Pacific Northwest ❤️
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I want to be like Nannie Rawley when I grow up! In some ways she reminded me of my grandma. I loved that most of the main characters were women and they each slightly overlapped each other, but still maintained very distinct storylines. This might be my favorite book of Kingsolver's, even more than The Poisonwood Bible!
If I have to pick a favorite Barbara Kingsolver book, it would be this one, but I haven‘t read one by her that hasn‘t been a keeper so far.
Prodigal #Summer for #BoundTogetherJune
This book was beautiful. I‘ve had it on my kindle for a few years and decided to finally read it during this quarantine. I‘m a fan of Barbara Kingsolver already so I had high hopes for this one. At first I wasn‘t so sure about it, but my enjoyment of it steadily grew right up until the very end. 💚
I read this for the #ReadingWomenChallenge prompt for a book set in Appalachia. Prodigal Summer takes place over the course of a summer as three narrators face changes in their lives. Deanna lives alone in the woods and relates more to nature than people. Lusa is navigating a new marriage and family in the country. Garnett is a widowed old coot who dislikes his organic grower neighbor. Nature in Appalachia is another character in the book.
Got out early for a good long walk this morning - it was overcast and the heat hadn't come in yet. Prodigal Summer is a great book to walk through nature eh? ☺️☺️
People in Appalachia insisted that the mountains breathed, and it was true: the steep hollow behind the farmhouse took up one long, slow inhalation every morning and let it back down through their open windows and across the fields throughout evening—just one full, deep breath each day.
#appalachianread #prodigalsummer #hicklit #southernlit
I‘ve discovered a love of nature writing, esp. when it‘s poetic. Three stories intertwine here, but my favorite character was Deanna, a biologist living alone in the woods. Her job is to observe local wildlife and protect it from poachers. Lusa comes to live on her husband‘s family farm, only to discover that she is an unwelcome stranger. Cranky old Garrett can‘t let go of a feud w/ a neighbor.
All 3 come together in a lovely, satisfying way.
#Butterflies on #endpapers and in this disturbing, yet beautiful, story from a favorite author. Pic is from our visit to Barbara Kingsolver's Harvest Table Restaurant & gift shop in Meadowview, Virginia. #LiteraryLuck @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88 Scolled through and found @Kalalalatja and @emtobiasz have posted these endpapers too.
This book was beautifully written and had a lush, rich, sinuous storyline that wrapped its way around you while listening to it. The author narrates it herself and she did such an amazing job, I want to listen to every other book of hers immediately. This book was sexy, in a natural, woodsy way. It made me fall in love with coyotes and grieve for baby birds and the chestnut tree. Lusa was by far my favorite character but I ended up loving them all
This book is about the wisdom of women and nature, and women in nature. It's quiet and gorgeous. The guys don't come off too well but the women aren't viewed as angels either, just wiser - much wiser.
To me, it is evident that Kingsolver knows, loves and writes women well, I'd even go as far as calling this a feminist novel.
Cats - always up in your business.
I have been in a reading slump (as well as life slump, if that‘s a thing) for several weeks. I picked this book up on a whim for 50 cents and so far it‘s exactly right 👌 Hectic morning with the kids, but taking a quick break for myself. (Shhh, they haven‘t found me yet!)
I absolutely loved this book set in and around the Appalachian #mountains. My first Kingsolver, and I could get enough of the beautiful prose, setting, and characters.
I highly recommend the audio, read by the author and with a soundtrack of forest sounds between chapters. ❤️
Kingsolver is a goddess 😍 Perfect read for anyone into nature. 🦋🐝🦊🦃🌲🌳🍄She narrates this Audible and has a lovely Southern accent reminiscent of my years in Virginia. Flight Behavior is up next. 5⭐️s
Kingsolver interweaves three tales of Deanna, Lusa, and Garnett as they navigate love and life in their own unique ways. I reread this for my book club (you can see the notes poking out on the side) but it had been so long I didn't remember a thing about it. Weaving in lots of details about the natural world, the intertwined stories about complex characters who grow a lot in this one summer was an excellent read and provoked a lively discussion.
My wife & I have very different tastes so we don‘t often recommend books to each other, & when we do those recommendations usually fall on deaf ears. She recently told me this was her favorite ever, that she‘d read it several times. OMG it‘s a tour de force. A quiet, beautiful story about people trying to make their way in the world, both social & natural. People wanting to connect but still hold onto themselves. Pitch perfect. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I read some excellent books for the second season of #Booked2018 😃
Not one in this bunch that I didn‘t enjoy, but three of these were 5-star reads for me: Prodigal Summer, Half of a Yellow Sun, and Tatiana and Alexander.