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Small Wonder by Barbara Kingsolver
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Apr 24, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: reviewed, american-dream, culture, history, nature-the-outdoors, non-fiction, science, sex
Read in April, 2009

This was a very interesting book of essays that gave a lot of insight into Kingsolver's life and experiences. She wrote about biology - sex and diversity and the way life works. She wrote about global warming and other human effects on the planet. She wrote about the US post 9-11. The tragedy, the fear, the hate, the way she wishes we could all react and change and the way things are actually happening. She wrote about her experiences growing up, raising her kids, living in Kentucky vs. Arizona, reading and writing, vacations, etc...

Themes: biology, the American dream and American values, peace and war, global change, personal life and values

A lot of this I had gleaned from her other books (especially "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle") but it was interesting to see her perspective on a few other things besides food/biology. I agree with her on nearly everything, and I like that she has chosen to use her writing as a pedestal in some ways. Unfortunately, her convictions are so personal in her writing that I don't think it gets read by anyone beyond "the choir".

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