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Preview — The Bean Trees, With Related Readings by Barbara Kingsolver
The Bean Trees, With Related Readings (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
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
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.
1. Someone abandons a baby in your car and you don't get ahold of the police.
2. Someone abandons a baby, in your broken down car, you don't have a home or money or a destination in mind, so you decide to adopt baby.
3. You decide to adopt baby, but you spent the next several years being so bewildered by motherhood that you might as well have left baby in the car to be raised by coyotes.
4. Americans in general are directly responsible for the torture of inn ...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 wish Marietta/Taylor were more realistic. I mean, she worked hard in high school but then couldn't even get a bit of help towards a training program? I grew up in a hick town, and let me tell you, the rich colleges actually loved, at least in those days, rural girls who were tryin ...more
Taylor Greer shakes the dust of her old Kentucky home off her feet and heads west in an old VW bug that has to be push started. She doesn't know where she is going, but she is in a hurry to get there. On the way, she aquires a small girl with no home, no family, ...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
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