I enjoy Kingsolver's work. She often embraces the idea of family, what it means, how it shapes us positively and negatively. This is central to AnimalI enjoy Kingsolver's work. She often embraces the idea of family, what it means, how it shapes us positively and negatively. This is central to Animal Dreams, and I think it's also what makes the book so appealing. While you may not be able to relate to Codi's circumstances, we can all understand that there's the family you choose and the family into which you are born.
I also admire how Kingsolver includes social issues in her narrative without getting too politically sidetracked. In this novel, deforestation, corporate abuse of land, and the US support of Central American rebels impact the plot in genuine ways.
Kingsolver has added to my curiosity of the American Southwest, and her vivid descriptions of Arizona again make me want to plan a trip ASAP.
Whenever I read a book by Kingsolver, I often come across gems like this quote from Fernando Cardenal used towards the end of Animal Dreams: "You learn to read so you can identify the reality in which you live, so that you can become a protagonist of history rather than a spectator."
Good stuff. I'm a fan of Barbara Kingsolver, but I think first-time readers will also enjoy Animal Dreams. ...more
I sometimes struggle with non-fiction, but Nickel and Dimed examines the lives of everyday people and their stories create an interesting and insightfI sometimes struggle with non-fiction, but Nickel and Dimed examines the lives of everyday people and their stories create an interesting and insightful narrative.
This is a succinct but detailed account of what it means to be a member of the working poor. Ehrenreich's facts, statistics, and references serve to further substantiate what she is experiencing. The individuals the author meets during her investigation add the human element needed to drive home the consequences of long-accepted capitalist business practices and misdirected and ineffective government policies that are perpetuating the cycle of poverty in the U. S.
I thoroughly enjoyed Ehrenreich's style and will definitely be picking up other works by her. ...more