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The Bean Trees (Greer Family, #1) I really liked this book Eventhan Poisonwood Bible which was good in a different way This book reminds me of Where the Heart Is It s a quick read I think you ll like it. A girl gets out of her small town, after high school, to start a new life only to be saddled with a random child that was placed in her car Her life is suddenly taking turns she did not expect. Clear Eyed And Spirited, Taylor Greer Grew Up Poor In Rural Kentucky With The Goals Of Avoiding Pregnancy And Getting Away But When She Heads West With High Hopes And A Barely Functional Car, She Meets The Human Condition Head On By The Time Taylor Arrives In Tucson, Arizona, She Has Acquired A Completely Unexpected Child, A Three Year Old American Indian Girl Named Turtle, And Must Somehow Come To Terms With Both Motherhood And The Necessity For Putting Down Roots Hers Is A Story About Love And Friendship, Abandonment And Belonging, And The Discovery Of Surprising Resources In Apparently Empty Places. I have to admit, this book really did a number on me It was recommended to me from a friend, so my expectations were high, but after the first few chapters I was was not getting into it The narrator s first person voice was simple, non descriptive, and frankly just a bit too naive to handle for an entire novel But the story was interesting, so I kept going.And the thing is, so does Taylor, the main character As she charges her way through a haphazard journey to the Southwest, she begins to g I have to admit, this book really did a number on me It was recommended to me from a friend, so my expectations were high, but after the first few chapters I was was not getting into it The narrator s first person voice was simple, non descriptive, and frankly just a bit too naive to handle for an entire novel But the story was interesting, so I kept going.And But nothing on this earth is guaranteed, when you get right down to it, you know I ve been thinking about that About how your kids aren t really YOURS, they re just these people that you try to keep an eye on, and hope you ll all grow up someday to like eachother and still be in one piece What I mean is, everything you get is really just on loan Does that make sense Sure, I said Like library books Sooner or later they ve all got to go back into the nightdrop I m trying to get better aBut nothing on this earth is guaranteed, when you get right down to it, you know I ve been thinking about that About how your kids aren t really YOURS, they re just these people that you try to keep an eye on, and hope you ll all grow up someday to like eachother and still be in one piece What I mean is, everything you get is really just on loan Does that make sense Sure, I said Like library books Sooner or later they ve all got to go back into the nightdrop I m trying to get better about listening toaudiobooks in the car and less Top 40s best hits of today and your school days Allow me to be perfectly clear there is entertainment value i When I first read this book several years ago, I was terribly impressed by 1 her writing style, which I really like I wish I could write like that2 the interesting plot of a single girl who had avoided teenage pregnancy through her young life only to end up with someone else s baby3 the relationship she has with her mother, who believes her daughter hung the moon in the This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I love Barbara Kingsolver, but I can t believe this book was ever published 1988 must have been a slow book year I am being generous with the two stars, and I am only giving it that because there were a number of sections which showcased the excellent writer she would go on to become with experience The characters are all so flat and undeveloped Taylor makes no sense and was not likable I never felt that she bonded with Turtle, always saw her as a burden then suddenly at the end, when she w I love Barbara Kingsolver, but I can t believe this book was ever published 1988 must have been a slow book year I am being generous with the two stars, and I am only giving it that because there were a number of sections which showcased the excellent writer she would go on to become with experience The characters are all so flat and undeveloped Taylor makes no sense and was not likable I never felt that she bonded with Turtle, alwa So many things about this book bugged me.1 Someone abandons a baby in your car and you don t get ahold of the police.2 Someone abandons a baby, in your broken down car, you don t have a home or money or a destination in mind, so you decide to adopt baby.3 You decide to adopt baby, but you spent the next several years being so bewildered by motherhood that you might as well have left baby in the car to be raised by coyotes.4 Americans in general are directly responsible for the torture of inn So many things about this book bugged me.1 Someone abandons a baby in your car and you don t get ahold of the police.2 Someone abandons a baby, in your broken down car, you don t have a home or money or a destination in mind, so you decide to adopt baby.3 You decide to adopt baby, but you spent the next several years being so bewildered by motherhood that you might as well have left baby in the car to be raised by coyotes.4 Americans in general are directly responsible for the torture of innocent Guatemalans in general because an American manufactured telephone was disassembled and used for electric shock torture by the bad guy Guatemalans This is your fault ugly American You must take responsibility for any harm your good inventions cause when used completely out of context.5 Where in the heck does she get her statistics for the random facts she throws in to odd Marietta Greer has just completed two miracles of her rural Kentucky upbringing graduating high school and avoiding pregnancy To celebrate, she jumps in her 55 Volkswagen bug and rides West, leaving her job at a Kentucky hospital counting platelets to stay true to her plan to drive out of Pittman County one day and never look back 11 On the road, she changes her name to Taylor and finds herself in Tucson, Arizona with a broken down car and a Cherokee baby in her arms.Taylor is an honest, Marietta Greer has just completed two miracles of her rural Kentucky upbringing graduating high school and avoiding pregnancy To celebrate, she jumps in her 55 Volkswagen bug and rides West, leaving her job at a Kentucky hospital counting platelets to stay true to her plan to drive out of Pittman County one day and never look back 11 On the road, she changes her name to Taylor and finds herself in Tucson, Arizona with a broken down car and a Cherokee baby in her arms.Taylor is an honest, straight forward protagonist that speaks with youthful tact and an open heart Through her, Kingsolver voices the morals of an ideal United States brought down with prejudice and misunderstanding The Bean Trees isn t a celebrat I quite liked this, though it s obvious that this was Kingsolver s first novel The main character, Taylor, is unevenly developed she s too mutable, changing to fit what Kingsolver wants to say or how she wants to say it at various points in the book and many of the other characters are types, not people, however finely observed The plotline involving the refugees from Guatemala in particular was a little too anvilicious And while it s set very definitely in the American South, the novel did I quite liked this, though it s obvious that this was Kingsolver s first novel The main character, Taylor, is unevenly developed she s too mutable, changing to fit what Kingsolver wants to say or how she wants to say it at various points in the book and many of the other characters are types, not people, however finely observed The plotline involving the refugees from Guatemala in particular was a little too anvilicious And while it s set very definitely in the American South, the novel didn t seem reminiscent of it I never really got a picture of Tuscon or Oklahoma in my head because there was description but no fee


About the Author: Barbara Kingsolver

Barbara Kingsolver is an American novelist, essayist, and poet She was raised in rural Kentucky and lived briefly in Africa in her early childhood Kingsolver earned degrees in Biology at DePauw University and the University of Arizona and worked as a freelance writer before she began writing novels Her most famous works include The Poisonwood Bible, the tale of a missionary family in the Congo, Barbara Kingsolver is an American novelist, essayist, and poet She was raised in rural Kentucky and lived briefly in Africa in her early childhood Kingsolver earned degrees in Biology at DePauw University and the University of Arizona and worked as a freelance writer before she began writing novels Her most famous works include The Poisonwood Bible, the tale of a missionary family in the Congo, and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, a non fiction account of her family s attempts to eat locally.Her work often focuses on topics such as social justice, biodiversity, and the interaction between humans and their communities and environments Each of her books published since 1993 have been on The New York Times Best Seller list Kingsolver has received numerous awards, including the UK s Orange Prize for Fiction 2010, for The Lacuna and the National Humanities Medal She has been nominated for the PEN Faulkner Award and the Pulitzer Prize.In 2000, Kingsolver established the Bellwether Prize to support literature of social change Kingsolver was born in Annapolis, Maryland in 1955 and grew up in Carlisle in rural Kentucky When Kingsolver was seven years old, her father, a physician, took the family to the former Republic of Congo in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo Her parents worked in a public health capacity, and the family lived without electricity or running water.After graduating from high school, Kingsolver attended DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana on a music scholarship, studying classical piano Eventually, however, she changed her major to biology when she realized that classical pianists compete for six job openings a year, and the rest of them get to play Blue Moon in a hotel lobby She was involved in activism on her campus, and took part in protests against the Vietnam war She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1977, and moved to France for a year before settling in Tucson, Arizona, where she would live for much of the next two decades In 1980 she enrolled in graduate school at the University of Arizona, where she earned a Master s degree in ecology and evolutionary biology.Kingsolver began her full time writing career in the mid 1980s as a science writer for the university, which eventually lead to some freelance feature writing She began her career in fiction writing after winning a short story contest in a local Phoenix newspaper In 1985 she married Joseph Hoffmann their daughter Camille was born in 1987 She moved with her daughter to Tenerife in the Canary Islands for a year during the first Gulf war, mostly due to frustration over America s military involvement After returning to the US in 1992, she separated from her husband.In 1994, Kingsolver was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from her alma mater, DePauw University She was also married to Steven Hopp, that year, and their daughter, Lily, was born in 1996 In 2004, Kingsolver moved with her family to a farm in Washington County, Virginia, where they currently reside In 2008, she received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Duke University, where she delivered a commencement address entitled How to be Hopeful.In a 2010 interview with The Guardian, Kingsolver says, I never wanted to be famous, and still don t, the universe rewarded me with what I dreaded most She says created her own website just to compete with a plethora of fake ones, as a defence to protect my family from misinformation Wikipedia abhors a vacuum If you don t define yourself, it will get done for you in colourful ways


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