Loved this book! Atmospheric, meaningful, with memorable characters yet retaining a lightness and wit that would have been lost with a less deft author.
This is the second Barbara Kingsolver novel I‘ve read now. I was a big fan of the first one (The Poisonwood Bible), but it took me until around the halfway point in this one to really like it. The story really came together for me at that point and I started liking the main characters more by then. There were a few laugh out loud moments with some of the dialogue which is part of why I love this author. Glad I read this one! // #fiction #novel
Kingsolver addresses the struggles that indigenous people and immigrants around the world face on a daily basis. Written in 1988, this book, sadly, remains topical.
Btw, this one was not narrated by the author. I didn‘t notice that when I bought it. The narration was sub par so I‘d recommend the physical book.
I was so looking forward to this. I have loved several of Kingsolver's books but, boy, I could not get into this one. #2018
My version of cleaning the house is organizing the bookshelves. 😹 Procrastination at its finest.
Happy Birthday to Barbara Kingsolver! Though now back in Kentucky , Arizona can claim her, she spent a couple of decades in Tucson,everywhere she‘s lived has influenced her writing.Social justice, feminism and Environmentalism influence her writing as well, both fiction and nonfiction.
It‘s been years since I last read Kingsolver and I forgot how beautiful her writing is. I loved this story - it‘s hard to believe it was written in 1988, way ahead of its time for awareness of sexual assault, non traditional families, and immigration. Such a heart-warming read despite the seriousness of its topics 💕
Catching up on day #29 of #NovemberbytheNumbers with another excellent book from my senior English reading list that happened to be published in 1988.
Seriously though, I forgot how good the reading list for this class was; the focus was Mythology & we read a ton of relatively diverse books, almost all of which were written by women. And we didn‘t even think twice about it at my all-girls school. This is another one on my #TBRR list for sure.
The first book I've read by this author (despite owning many), the first book I've read in a while that I was instantly sure I'd read past page 50 (thanks, reading slump), and the first mass market format paperback I've been caught reading in a while. Love Taylor - she's got a perfect blend of wise ass humor and genuine strength and independence.
"I have been afraid of putting air in a tire ever since I saw a tractor tire blow up and throw Newt Hardbine's father over the Standard Oil sign."
Isn't this the best first line ever? @Kalalalatja
This character-driven novel pretty much just charmed me to the moon and back. I loved almost everything about it, just knocking off one star for some "uh...what now?" in the Turtle plotline. But I will definitely read the next book, and more Kingsolver in general. (This was my first.)
Thanks for the tag @MicheleinPhilly #BookColorTag Here's a red mashup of my books & hubby's ❤️I'm gonna tag @LeahBergen @DebinHawaii @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Kalalalatja @WanderingBookaneer and I choose the color white
A young woman creating a family for herself and a Cherokee toddler for whom she becomes a guardian after moving cross country from Kentucky to Tucson is a good premise. The immigration component was not as compelling as other immigration stories I have read. The writing style conveyed the story and themes too vaguely.
I just finished this a lot faster than I thought I would, & really enjoyed it even though bits of it were squicky for me. The first part's definitely in a small town and the rest of it still has that feel even though it's spread out over the US! #smalltown #rockinmay @Cinfhen
For #sweetchildomine I'm remembering Turtle, from the Bean Trees.
I haven't read this in years, but it jump-started my reading when I first left uni, after a major studying-induced 5-year reading slump!
And as I don't have a photo of bean trees, here are some potatoes actually growing in my allotment, in unseasonably dry ground.
Today's Goodwill finds (and the rabbit in a hat craft my daughter made at library story time today)
No mystery, no suspense, no thrills and no sex, all the ingredients of a dud, or the lack thereof, but thanks to Kingsolver's remarkable writing, The Bean Trees will have you clapping on the inside for all them wonderful characters. The dialogues are superb. You'd inevitably be reading this thing with a southern accent, even if you haven't got a clue what that entails. Yes, you best darn-tootin'. I recommend it. #readjanuary
Mini #bookhaul ✌️Something smart, something macho, and something heartwarming, hopefully. Going with macho first, that'd be Nelson DeMille. Man, this guy writes the most sexist protagonist, John Corey. Book starts with him saying, "If I wanted to see assholes all day, I would have become a proctologist. Instead I watch assholes for my country." So at least he's a patriot. Look forward to read The Bean Trees again. And Le Carre never disappoints.