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A brilliant, suspenseful novel set in present day Appalachia that explores how the complexities we inevitably encounter in life lead us to believe in our particular chosen truths.

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Overview

A brilliant, suspenseful novel set in present day Appalachia that explores how the complexities we inevitably encounter in life lead us to believe in our particular chosen truths.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606317764
  • Publisher: Demco Media
  • Publication date: 6/4/2013
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 433
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Kingsolver
Barbara Kingsolver
Equally at home with poetry, novels, and nonfiction narratives, Barbara Kingsolver credits her careers in scientific writing and journalism with instilling in her a love of nature, a writer's discipline, and a strong sense of social justice.

Biography

According to the biography on her website, Barbara Kingsolver began writing around the age of nine. Her early "oeuvre" included poems, short stories, and essays, including one noteworthy piece on school safety that was published in the local newspaper, helped to pass a local bond issue, and netted the author a $25 savings bond -- "on which she expected to live comfortably into adulthood."

Kingsolver left her native Kentucky to attend DePauw University on a piano scholarship; but intellectual curiosity (the same quality that informs her writing) prompted her to transfer from the music school to the college of liberal arts where she majored in biology. Immediately after college, she traveled in Greece and France and returned to the U.S. to pursue her master's degree in science from the University of Arizona. She worked for a while as a science writer for the university before becoming a freelance journalist. In 1986 she won an Arizona Press Club Award.

Kingsolver's first novel, The Bean Trees, was composed entirely at night during a period of chronic, pregnancy-related insomnia. Published in 1988, this story of a young woman transplanted from Kentucky to Tucson was reviewed enthusiastically by critics. " As clear as air," rhapsodized The New York Times Book Review. "It is the southern novel taken west, its colors as translucent and polished as one of those slices of rose agate from a desert shop." Readers, too, proclaimed the story a delight.

Since then, Kingsolver has produced a string of bestselling novels, including Pigs in Heaven, The Poisonwood Bible (an Oprah's Book club selection), and Prodigal Summer. She has also authored collections of her poems (Another America), short stories (Homeland), and essays (Small Wonders); as well as nonfiction narratives like Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.

Good To Know

In 2008, Kingsolver delivered the commencement address at Duke University, offering graduates advice on "How to be Hopeful."

She is a member of the Rock Bottom Remainders, a rock and roll band consisting of published writers, including Amy Tan, Matt Groening, Dave Barry, and Stephen King among others.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      April 8, 1955
    2. Place of Birth:
      Annapolis, Maryland
    1. Education:
      B.A., DePauw University, 1977; M.S., University of Arizona, 1981
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2012

    Please monitor the juveniles who have been consistently using th

    Please monitor the juveniles who have been consistently using the customer review blog to write infantile nonsense on the blog. Readers want to get an informative review. I have noticed the same username on other Barnes and Noble book review blogs.

    28 out of 53 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2012

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    Written with rich, realistic characters and a fascinating premis

    Written with rich, realistic characters and a fascinating premise, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This is my first book by Ms. Kingsolver but I anticipate many more enjoyable moments spent with her books in the future. Can nature change your life? It certainly seems so for the main character Dellarobia Turnbow, who has almost what could be described as a vision, though it is a real event, on her way to an illicit affair one morning in rural Tennessee. The arrival of monarch butterflies in the woods near her home changes her life and outlooks on almost everything she knows. All the characters are exceptionally written and real; they could be people I know, work with, am friends with. Interlaced with the telling of Dellarobia's domestic life and the changes brought about by this miraculous and at the same time disastrous natural happening are also insightful commentaries via the character of etymologist Ovid Byron about climate change, the nature of science and the media, our places in the natural order, and whether or not we are too late in our efforts to save this planet from the atrocities we have inflicted on it's natural systems and beings. I can not think of a better work of fiction I have read this year and would without reservation recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good novel and especially to those who care for the state our planet is in and want to have a better understanding of what's at stake and how nature can affect every one of us, whether scientist, homemaker, or average Joe. A great read!

    26 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 28, 2012

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    Flight Behavior offers a fresh view of climate change and the su

    Flight Behavior offers a fresh view of climate change and the surrounding issues. It's easy to have grand ideas about how to fix it, but on the ground it's complicated, confusing and sometimes frightening.

    "I think people are afraid to face up to a bad outcome. That's just human. . . . If fight or flight is the choice, it's way easier to fly."

    Though science is at the heart of this novel it is written in a lively and accessible way.

    The best part of this book is the main character Dellarobia. She is doing the best she can with what life has thrown at her. She reminded me of women I know. She reminded me of me.

    If I were you? I'd put this book on my wish list.

    Jennifer @ The Relentless Reader

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    Flight behavoir

    Vintage kingsolver absolutely loved it brought climate change to life with her cast of characters and its affect on them

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2013

    Like an ecology textbook

    Not one of her best. While the characters were interesting, you had to wade through pages and pages of dry environmental theory. I got through the book but barely.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2012

    Good writing, but cliche

    Not my favorite. Got somewhat bogged down in climate, biology and Appalacia stereotypes.

    7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2013

    Painful read to start...better after the first hundred pages.

    This was a very painful read for me, especially the beginning. Character development went on and on and on...I felt i was reading a Dickens novel. After the first hundred pages it got interesting.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2012

    Okay it seems like a good book.. has anyone even read it yet.. a

    Okay it seems like a good book.. has anyone even read it yet.. all the text above... i cant tell if i need to need the other book before this one... cuz they almost sound like its the same book but a different name

    5 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 26, 2013

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    Kingsolver at her best

    Kingsolver is a master of wordsmithing and, once again, she does it here. Despite the sometimes heavy handed environmentalism, she paints a portrait of an Appallachian family struggling to survive. Dellarobia, the main character, is stuck in a "shotgun" marriage when an influx of monarch butterflies and the scientists studying them open her eyes to possibilities. The story has characters that you feel you know and a land that comes alive under Kingsolver's pen. Just the description of the snow-covered farm near the story's end is enough to make this book worthwhile. Another wonderful book by a masterful author.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2012

    Loved it!!!

    I highly recommend this book. I looove Barbara Kingsolver! She is without a doubt one of my favorite authors. I've loved every book I've read by her and Flight Behavior is no exception. I really identified with Dellarobia and her life and problems. I found all of the characters highly relatable and real. I also learned a LOT about climate change through the reading of this book. Love how she always mixes interpersonal relationships and issues with science and nature. Keep up the good work Ms. Kingsolver!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2013

    BK's The Poisonwood Bible gripped my attention like a hot iron v

    BK's The Poisonwood Bible gripped my attention like a hot iron vice, so I expected much of the same from her latest novel. However, Flight Behavior never got off the ground for me. The conversations between the characters rang false and were literally mind numbing dissertations that felt more like redneck rocking chair torture. What's worse is that I was really wanting to root for the protagonist, Dellarobia, but I couldn't stand her --seriously raked my nerves and tried my patience. I found her annoyingly pathetic and every one of her interactions was dimwitted and boring at best. This read was brutal due to Kingsolver's endless rants about the environment, unruly children, dogs, in-laws, regrets, unkept homes, church service , shopping at the Dollar store and the list goes on and on, leaving me to believe that picking bellybutton lint would be way more interesting. Unless you want to be held responsible for the suicide of a few vital braincells, put this book down.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

    Slow

    Couldn't relate to characters or plot. Very disappointed. I loved Poisonwood Bible, so this book was a big let down.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

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    Good, not great. I always enjoy Barbara Kingsolver's books. Her

    Good, not great. I always enjoy Barbara Kingsolver's books. Her characters are very rich and wonderfully drawn and I always learn something when I read one of her novels, but this book was tough to get through. The story does drag at times and while it is a truly good story I just found myself putting the book down often. Not sure that 400 some odd pages were necessarily to tell this story.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Why not a middle ground?

    I am liking the book but must ask why is it that global warming issue is science vs. Christianity? That christians are somehow sticking their heads in the sand? I am christian and I do believe our planet is changing, that we have been given thr huge responsibility of taking care of the earth and we have failed in some ways. I see science as a way of showing God's wonders and a tool to help us do better.Just had to get that niggling voice out of my head!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

    I used to see Barbara Kingsolver as one of our most gifted write

    I used to see Barbara Kingsolver as one of our most gifted writers, up until her last two books. The previous one I actually never finished which was a first for me, while with this one, I started skipping a lot of the text about half way through after being bored senseless by her endless going on about stuff that was either non-essential to the plot or she that had already made her point about, many times over! I'm not sure when Ms Kingsolver started thinking that she needs to educate (preach to?) her readers the way she has with her two newest books, but I had been choosing her novels for their entertainment value and yes that may be escapist! But I prefer to get my education on global warming and other environmental issues from the news media. I'm sad to say that this will be the last book of Ms Kingsolver's that I will buy, especially since I enjoyed her first few books so much.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2013

    If you enjoy reading about global warming and a married woman pi

    If you enjoy reading about global warming and a married woman pining after a scientific butterfly expert this book is for you......not me. I have been struggling to get through the book, I give up.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2013

    I hated this book so much I felt everyone needed warned off of i

    I hated this book so much I felt everyone needed warned off of it. The lead character was a whiny, self centered child. The writing was long winded and boring. This is the first book I have read from Barbara Kingsolver and I guarantee it will be the last!! The system made me issue one star, but this book certainly doesn't deserve it.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    Great read. What is up with people communicating in

    The sections reserved for reviews? What a bunch of morons.

    2 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2012

    Go to library, save yourmoney

    Read first couple chapters and last. A long sad story about global warming and a woman lacking everything.

    2 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2013

    Not her best...

    I have been reading Kingsolver since the "Bean Trees". She usually has a theme to her books that inform within an engrossing story. PoisonWood Bible, "Lacuna" being two strong ones that come to mind. "Flight Behavior" had some interesting environmental perspectives, but it took a long while to get comfortable with the characters. The ending was rather stark. It would not be on my list of Kingsolver favorites.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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