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  • Small Wonder

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    In her new essay collection, the beloved author of High Tide in Tucson brings to us from one of history's darker moments an extended love song to the world we still have. From its opening parable gleaned from recent news about a lost child saved in an astonishing way, the book moves on to consider a world of surprising and hopeful prospects, ranging from an inventive conservation scheme in a remote jungle to the backyard flock of chickens tended by the author's small daughter.

    Robert B. Birney says: "Daring heart"
    "Not much of a Wonder"
    Overall

    This is a book of essays by Barbara Kingsolver in her attempt to come to terms with 9/11. There are several exceptional images and stories, including that of a missing child nursed by a bear in Iran and her own reflections on raising children in a hyper-consumer world at war. For those who love to garden, be a parent, or raise chickens, Kingsolver captures the beauty and importance of these passions poetically. The book can be a bit self-indulgent at times, with Kingsolver going on at length about her views of things. While some of the essays were repetitive and tedious in this regard, others made for excellent listening. If you are looking for a story, this is not the book for you. However, if you like Kingsolver's outlook and ethics about the world, you can hear her say it herself (she is the narrator) in her own erudite and passionate way.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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