Books by Barbara Kingsolver

FLIGHT BEHAVIOR by Barbara Kingsolver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"One of Kingsolver's better efforts at preaching her politics and pulling heartstrings at the same time."
A young woman discovers her rural Tennessee community has been invaded by monarch butterflies in this effective tear-jerker cum environmental jeremiad from Kingsolver (The Lacuna, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >
THE LACUNA by Barbara Kingsolver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2009

"A richly satisfying portrait of Mexico gives way to a preachy, padded and predictable chronicle of Red Scare America."
Unapologetically political metafiction from Kingsolver (Prodigal Summer, 2000, etc.) about the small mistakes or gaps (lacunas) that change history. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2007

"Readers frustrated with the unhealthy, artificial food chain will take heart and inspiration here."
With some assistance from her husband, Steven, and 19-year-old daughter, Camille, Kingsolver (Prodigal Summer, 2000, etc.) elegantly chronicles a year of back-to-the-land living with her family in Appalachia. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2001 by Barbara Kingsolver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2001

"A vibrant, diverse collection."
An excellent new edition of this popular anthology. Read full book review >
SMALL WONDER by Barbara Kingsolver
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 2001

"Good intentions and craft marred by sanctimony."
Wearing her essayist hat, novelist Kingsolver (The Poisonwood Bible, 1998, etc.) responds to the September 11th terror attacks with a collection addressing the wonders of life. Read full book review >
PRODIGAL SUMMER by Barbara Kingsolver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"This deservedly popular writer takes risks that most of her contemporaries wouldn't touch with the proverbial ten-foot pole. Prodigal Summer is another triumphant vindication of her very distinctive art."
A complex web of human and natural struggle and interdependency is analyzed with an invigorating mixture of intelligence and warmth. Read full book review >
THE POISONWOOD BIBLE by Barbara Kingsolver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

The first novel in five years from the ever-popular Kingsolver (Pigs in Heaven, 1993, etc.) is a large-scale saga of an American family's enlightening and disillusioning African adventure. Read full book review >

HIGH TIDE IN TUCSON by Barbara Kingsolver
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 11, 1995

In this collection of essays, novelist Kingsolver (Pigs in Heaven, 1993, etc.) displays considerable nature-writing talent, punctuated by stretches of smarmy self-reflection and hit-or-miss musings on issues ranging from biological determinism to the Gulf War. Read full book review >

PIGS IN HEAVEN by Barbara Kingsolver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 1993

For what's hoped to be a "break-out book," a greatly gifted storyteller returns to the characters and settings of her celebrated first novel (The Bean Trees, 1987). Kingsolver previously tracked plucky ex-Kentuckian Taylor Greer as she made her way west to Tucson, struggling to earn a living and to deal with the frightened, wounded toddler Turtle, who had been abandoned in Taylor's care in Oklahoma. Read full book review >

ANIMAL DREAMS by Barbara Kingsolver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1990

"A promising miss."
Kingsolver (The Bean Trees, 1987; Homeland, 1989; Holding the Line, 1989) now offers a complex but overly calculated novel—unsubtle messages set against spectacular southwestern scenery. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 15, 1989

Acclaimed fiction-writer Kingsolver (The Bean Trees, 1987); Homeland and Other Stories, p. 572) worked as a journalist covering the strike against the Phelps Dodge Copper Corporation (June 1983 to about December 1985) that shook the economic and social order in several isolated Arizona towns. Read full book review >
HOMELAND AND OTHER STORIES by Barbara Kingsolver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1989

"No crescendos here, then, but, still, a lovely repertoire."
From the author of the well-received The Bean Trees (1987), 12 far-reaching and mostly affecting stories that seem wise in the ways of many places—from Kentucky to Arizona to the island of St. Read full book review >
THE BEAN TREES by Barbara Kingsolver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 16, 1987

"A lovely, funny, touching and humane debut, reminiscent of the work of Hilma Wolitzer and Francine Prose."
A warmhearted and highly entertaining first novel in which a poor but plucky Kentucky gift with a sharp tongue, soft heart and strong spirit sets out on a cross-country trip and arrives at surprising new meanings for love, friendship, and family—as well as overcoming the big and little fears that inhibit lives. Read full book review >