Reading Barbara Kingsolver

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Best-selling author Barbara Kingsolver's life and works are explored in this comprehensive, unique reference guide. Ideal for book club members and essential for high school students, this valuable resource introduces the plot summaries as well as theme and character analysis for seven of Kingsolver's major works. Kingsolver's usual topics, primarily focusing on the working class, environmental issues, feminism, and Native American studies, are closely examined in relation to current events and contemporary ...

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Overview

Best-selling author Barbara Kingsolver's life and works are explored in this comprehensive, unique reference guide. Ideal for book club members and essential for high school students, this valuable resource introduces the plot summaries as well as theme and character analysis for seven of Kingsolver's major works. Kingsolver's usual topics, primarily focusing on the working class, environmental issues, feminism, and Native American studies, are closely examined in relation to current events and contemporary popular culture. Also discussed are Kingsolver's presence on the Internet, as well as the media's reception of the author. Each chapter concludes with thought-provoking, analytical discussion questions, ideal for encouraging book club conversation as well as stimulating classroom discussion. The What Do I Read Next chapter will delight readers who enjoy Kingsolver's work. This guide is a must-have for public and high school library shelves!

Best-selling author Barbara Kingsolver's life and works are explored in this comprehensive, unique reference guide. Ideal for book club members and essential for high school students, this valuable resource introduces the plot summaries as well as theme and character analysis for seven of Kingsolver's major works. Kingsolver's usual topics, primarily focusing on the working class, environmental issues, feminism, and Native American studies, are closely examined in relation to current events and contemporary popular culture. Also discussed are Kingsolver's presence on the Internet, as well as the media's reception of the author. Each chapter concludes with thought-provoking, analytical discussion questions, ideal for encouraging book club conversation as well as stimulating classroom discussion. The What Do I Read Next chapter will delight readers who enjoy Kingsolver's work. This guide is a must-have for public and high school library shelves!

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"Rather than a reader's guide that connects events in Kingsolver's life and novels, Houston (American literature, California State U., Chico) and Warren (an English master's program student at that campus) present a guide that focuses mainly on an analysis of her writings through 2009 minus poems and most nonfiction: novels, a collection of short stories,

and the nonfiction Animal, Vegetable, Miracle (2007). They characterize her as a Western/ Southwestern and ecofeminist writer. The guide includes interview and critical snippets; discussion questions; and a bibliographical essay listing books that Kingsolver reads as well as works not covered in the guide and ecofeminist titles by other authors."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313362910
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/30/2009
  • Series: Pop Lit Book Club Series
  • Pages: 149
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

LYNN MARIE HOUSTON is Assistant Professor of American literature at California State University, Chico. Her research interests include postcolonial studies, women's literature, and American food culture

JENNIFER WARREN is a student in the Masters program of the English department at California State University, Chico. She is interested in American Modernism and twentieth-century ecofeminism.

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