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Barbara Kingsolver, This Writer’s Writer

This is a thank you note to Barbara Kingsolver for her incredible stories and for the hours of pure delight I have spent enjoying her story telling and stimulating my thinking.

A women’s literary journal was circulating around church one day, people were sharing this start up publication hoping for subscriptions and to promote a future.     Those who had already read the magazine were all a buzz about the different authors showcased and about the young new writers getting their first publications.  Barbara Kingsolver was highlighted with a short story.

Although I do not remember the story, I do remember moving into the story, it caught me up in the earliest of stages and when I had completed it I was definitely hungry for more.

In the late night, I replace worry by sliding one of Kingsolver’s books off the shelf and into my mind and I am fixed on the precision of the words, the introduction of depth, meanings and play as the story unfolds anew.  I am in its powerful grip.

A gift to me was The Lacuna, her most recent book.  Yes this is historic fiction and it teaches us about being outside and looking in at our own stories and mythologies about what is belonging and what is expression.  I found it so relevant to today and contemporary acceptance and rejection – the concept that the USA is the exception, the superior and others should do our bidding.  History is repeating itself with the flag of ignorance unfurled.  I will need to read it again as the nuance and fine print dive deeply under the water of certain tides.

Animal Dreams taught me about sisters and dualism and the dust that trails behind our foot falls.

High Tide In Tuscan and Homeland, short story collections, set up my mouth watering and a craving for more and more.

The Bean Tree  connected and followed by Pigs In Heaven filled me with wisdom about love and rejection; a teacher about culture that is hidden beneath the surface of our expectations and the art of being human.

Small Wonder  assisted me in understanding the power of the essay and that there are folks who love to read and reread what is highlighted in shorter non-fiction.

I do not think I can read the Poisonwood Bible again because it played upon my fears of dysfunction moving into the world where it can do the most damage to the most people and then snake into itself and destroy.  This was a story that I knew in my heart and I was drawn to witness again.

Prodigal Summer  once again the outsider who does not truly fit in and yet finds the self in large letters building community and understanding what needs to be done.

The Non-Fiction account of her family transformation into Relocalization and their learning in Animal, Vegetable, is becoming a classic about all the things individuals and families can do to bring meaning and healing to the earth.  The whole family becomes teachers of opportunity and green outcomes.

These are all stories of the outsider and belonging.  They are gifts that just keep on giving.

Do you have a favorite author or one who just speaks to you in the middle of the night?  Are there books you do not mind dusting?  Never get tired of?

All of Barbara Kingsolver’s books are available through Amazon.com by clicking the link from this site or in the recommended reading section.

Please share your favorites.

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17 Responses to “Barbara Kingsolver, This Writer’s Writer”

  1. janice Says:

    I’d never heard of this writer, but I’m intrigued now. By the way, you might want to change the typo in the title and first link, so that you don’t lose your SEO benefits.

  2. Patricia Says:

    Thank you Janice….my IT is on a work trip out of country…I guess I will loose my SEO rating…

    KINGSOLVER is her last name.

    Wonderful writer! Will keep working on the correction..
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..In fair Ashland, we lay our scene… =-.

  3. Talon Says:

    I always learn something neat from you, Patricia! I hadn’t heard of Barbara Kingslover, but I’ll definitely be checking her work out. Thank you!
    .-= Talon´s last blog ..Reflections (Short Story) =-.

  4. Patricia Says:

    Talon,
    A skilled story teller – I so enjoy her use of words. I am just sorry I missed spelled her last name..
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..In fair Ashland, we lay our scene… =-.

  5. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. I’ve never heard of the author either – but she’s obviously knowledgeable in being able to make you think, while writing a fun story at the same time .. thank you for letting us know about her. Always good to recognise the name – have a great Easter week .. thanks for letting me know about your own picture of Shakespeare’s house .. looked so English!! Go well – Hilary
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Chess, one of 100 objects, Northern Sea Trading Routes, India and Persia … =-.

  6. Patricia Says:

    Hilary,
    An amazing storyteller and wishing you and yours a very Happy Easter week also. My IT is out of town so I am letting folks know I spelled her name wrong Kingsolver…

    Yes! Shakespeare’s home did look very English!

  7. vered | blogger for hire Says:

    What a prolific writer! I have never heard of Barbara Kingsolver before but am sure intrigued. Thanks!

  8. Patricia Says:

    Vered,
    I have read her for many years – her precision in writing is an art form in itself…Incredible use of words. My kids have given me nearly all the hard bound copies of her books…I do not tire of reading them at all.
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..In fair Ashland, we lay our scene… =-.

  9. Tony Single Says:

    I am strapped for cash at the moment, but I am definitely going to the library to check out one of her books. I hope they have them! Patrricia, is there a particular title by Barbara Kingsolver that you’d recommend for someone new to her books to start with? :)

    As for writers, one I do appreciate very much is Tove Jansson. She was from Finland, creator of the Moomin series of children’s books and comic strip, painter, sculptor, and writer of adult fiction.

    I have appreciated all of her works so far, especially her wonderful compilation of adult short stories: A Winter Book. No one delved into the mess of emotions that people feel quite like she did. Every character in her stories had a rich inner life that was reflected in their mundane, yet somehow still magical, everday surroundings. Her words resonate on a very personal and true level for me. I highly recommend her.
    .-= Tony Single´s last blog ..How Pole Dancing Was Made =-.

  10. suzen Says:

    Hi Patricia! I LOVE Kingsolver – I haven’t read ALL but most of her books and I do understand your attraction. I read very very little fiction but you are so right – she has a way of messaging in her writing that is simply superb – gets you thinking! I also like Margaret Atwood – weirdly different.
    hugs
    suZen

  11. Patricia Says:

    Tony,
    I am almost positive that Kingsolver’s books will be in your library, she has won so many award. I would start with The Bean Tree and then move to Pigs in Heaven (sequel – but they both stand alone) The Poisonwood Bible is an international best seller and an Oprah book….but I had to work up to that one because of my family history. I can hardly put her books down.

    Suzen,
    hugs to you too – I read everything! a true addict here, I just don’t write about the Junkie or bad stuff! I have read everything Atwood too and Marge Piercy – my biggest hold back is my eyes – thus the KINDLE because I can change the font size as I go and my Kindle 2 reads to me!

  12. Jannie Funster Says:

    An author that speaks to me in the night? Thank God it’s no longer Stephen King!! Those were not my best years for sleep! :)

    hmm. Bloggers such as you appeal deeply to me. I mostly only read blogs these days.

    Xo
    .-= Jannie Funster´s last blog ..Spring Camping On The Texas Pedernales =-.

  13. Patricia Says:

    Jannie,
    I read some Stephen King, but not during the night.! Kingsolver is such a word smith – inspiring. The best piano teachers take piano lessons, I think if I want to be a great writer I need to read.

    Blogs yes!, books too….

  14. J.D. Meier Says:

    One of my favorites is James Lee Burke. His books are intense … you experience them. They’re the type of book you read once because of the intensity and twists.
    .-= J.D. Meier´s last blog ..My Top Ten Lessons In Life – Ali Hale =-.

  15. Patricia Says:

    JD
    Adding your author to my list. Thank you

  16. Mama Zen Says:

    I’ve never read her before. I’ll add her to my must read list.

  17. Patricia Says:

    Mama Zen,
    I do not think you would be disappointed in the least.
    I think I would recommend the Bean Tree and Pigs in Heaven for starters…