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Wine & Book Group Pick for October '07

abstract:With the harvest and Thanksgiving on everyone's mind, BookBuffet invites you to take a look at Barbara Kingsolver's nonfiction treatise Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life for this month's Wine & Book pick. It's about eating local, eating seasonal, supporting small farms, and saving the planet from extinction through your everyday purchasing choices of food that is not trucked, flown or shipped using fossil fuels to your market. Don't miss the opportunity to drink a lovely local wine along with this book when you meet to discuss it with your group. Women & Wine have lots of ideas on wine makers whose products are organic, too. Learn about wine as you read the wonderful titles selected especially for this group.


October 01, 2007

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  • About The Author

    Barbara Kingsolver is one of America's strongest literary voices with a long list of novels and books that have won prizes and a place on book group lists as their favorite all-time author. Kingsolver was born in Annapolis, Maryland, but was raised near Carlisle, Kentucky, "in the middle of an alfalfa field ... between the opulent horse farms and the impoverished coal fields." [1] Her parents were medical and public-health workers who briefly embarked on an expedition to the Congo when Kingsolver was a child. Kingsolver describes her childhood as a rather solitary one, and used the time she spent by herself to stimulate an “elaborate life of the mind."

    After starting university studying classical piano toward a music degree, Kingsolver switched to evolutionary biology and ecology, earning her Masters from the University of Arizona. She then took a job as a science writer for the university. The science writing led to some freelance feature writing and journalism. In 1986, she won an Arizona Press Club award for outstanding feature writing. Her first novel, The Bean Trees, was published in 1988.

    Her subsequent books are listed below. The Poisonwood Bible (1998) was a bestseller that won the National Book Prize of South Africa, made finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner award, and was chosen as an Oprah's Book Club selection. In 2000, Barbara was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Bill Clinton. In 1994, Kingsolver was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from her alma mater, DePauw University.

    Barbara Kingsolver lives with her husband, Steven Hopp, their daughter, Lily, and her daughter, Camille, on a farm in Southwest Virginia.

    Her Books

    Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, 2007, (with Steven L. Hopp and Camille Kingsolver) Part memoir, part journalistic investigation, this book (released May 2007) tells the story of how our family was changed by one year of deliberately eating food produced in the place where we live. Barbara wrote the central narrative; Steven's sidebars dig deeper into various aspects of food-production science and industry; Camille's brief essays offer a nineteen-year-old's perspective on the local-food project, plus nutritional information, meal plans, and recipes.

  • The Bean Trees: A Novel, 1988, 1st UK edition 1989, Limited edition (200) 1992
  • Holding the Line: Women in the Great Arizona Mine Strike of 1983 (ILR Press Books)
  • Homeland and Other Stories, 1989
  • Animal Dreams, 1990
  • Another America, 1992
  • Pigs in Heaven, 1993
  • High Tide in Tucson: Essays from Now or Never, 1995, also: Limited edition (150)1995
  • The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel (P.S.), 1998
  • Prodigal Summer: A Novel, 2000
  • Small Wonder: Essays, 2002
  • Last Stand: America's Virgin Lands, 2002 (with photographer Annie Griffiths Belt)
  • Women Wine Picks

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  • July The Last Chinese Chef, set in Shanghai
  • June The Birth House, set in Nova Scotia
  • May Water for Elephants, set in Depression-era America
  • March-April Snowflower and the Secret Fan, set in China
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  • January The Good German, set in Berlin
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  • August The Hummingbird's Daughter, set in Mexico
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  • June Woolf in Ceylon, set in Ceylon
  • May Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living, Australia
  • April The Mermaid Chair, set in South Carolina
  • March Memoirs of a Geisha, set in Japan
  • February Get a Life, set in South Africa
  • January In the Shadow of the Wind, set in Barcelona
  • December Pride and Prejudice, set in England
  • November Beyond Measure, set in Renaissance Italy
  • October Breakfast at Tiffany's, set in New York


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