The Bean Trees (Greer Family #1)
Clear-eyed and spirited, Taylor Greer grew up poor in rural Kentucky with the goals of avoiding pregnancy and getting away. But when she heads west with high hopes and a barely functional car, she meets the human condition head-on. By the time Taylor arrives in Tucson, Arizona, she has acquired a completely unexpected child, a three-year-old American Indian girl named Tur...more
Taylor is an honest,...more
1) her writing style, which I really like - I wish I could write like that
2) the interesting plot of a single girl who had avoided teenage pregnancy through her young life only to end up with someone else's baby
3) the relationship she has with her mother, who believes her daughter "hung the moon in the sky" and can absolutely do no wrong. I think it would be wonderful if my daughters came out of their childhoods not pregn...more
And the thing is, so does Taylor, the main character. As she charges her way through a haphazard journey to the Southwest, she begins to g...more
"Sure,"I said. "Like library books. Sooner or later they've all got to go back into the nightdrop."
I'm trying to get better a...more
Things i like:
1.Female relationships, very strong i know Taylor wouldn't have made it without them. I love the relationship between Taylor and Turtle. This book is filled with motherly love.
2. Struggles- Very realistic (for her time) struggles. The book was truthful and lovable. The struggles were difficult because Taylor was dealing with something that she really wanted to avoid which is having a child. Taylor was always running away from every teenage girls practical fate...more
The style is somewhat similar to Elizabeth Berg, but without so much heavy sentiment. (That's not a criticism of Berg. I like her books a lot, too.)
I thought I hated this author because of Poisonwood Bible. I'm delighted to find out she can tell a...more
Although I think the book is a slow read and it takes a LONG time to get into it, there are some good themes to think about. I do like the ending because it's hopeful and you can see a lot of growth in the characters by the end.
i give up on barbara kingsolver.
i LOVED "the poisonwood bible." one of my favorites.
i abhorred "animal, vegetable, miracle." i am one of those people that HAS to finish every book i start, but I couldn't get past page 150. i was hoping that it was just her attempt at nonfiction that failed, but now i can't get page 150 of this either.
i'm starting to think "the poisonwood bible" was a fluke.
no more barbara for me. no more....more
It was probably not the best story to start with. Those who recommended Kingsolver wouldn't steer me wrong—not completely anyway. After all, this was her first novel and it...more
The book is about a young woman who decides to leave her dead-end small hometown in Kentucky to find a new life. She even changes her first name. She wants a whole new start. That's when the fun begins. A poor woman, wrapped in a blanket, gives her a young toddler in the parking lot of a roadside bar. The woman insists she keep the ch...more
I decided to read this book because at our library, all three copies of The Poisonwood Bible were checked out. Oprah must've recommended it or something. So I chose another Kingsolver book, this one still a virgin of all Oprah entanglements. Oprah may be a wonderful person, but her cliche name plastered on the cover of a book just...more
"We were sitting out with the kids in Roosevelt Park, which the neighbor kids called such names as Dead Grass Park and Dog Doo Park. To be honest, it was pretty awful...The grass was scraggly, struggling to come up between bald patches of dirt...Constellations of gum-wrappe...more
[4 stars for goodness' sake. Tempted to add an extra star for how nice it was to read something good after reading something terrible, but 4's stars enough, right?]
(1) Baby Girl. She likes to pull this book off the shelf and so I started to read it because I thought it might be fun to start reading "books my baby chose for me". And it turned out to be the perfect palate cleanser from If There Be Thorns (shudder).
(2) Goodreads, for informing me this is "Greer Family #1". I didn't even realize there was a sequel! Added it to the To-Read list already.
What else can I say? Barbara Kingsolver has become one of my favorite authors maybe? And th...more