Small Wonder: Essays
The popular novelist returns with a collection of 23 nonfiction pieces that reflects her expansive range and considerable wisdom. Nature and conservation are Kingsolver's specialtiesshe studied biology in collegeand that expertise is showcased here in essays like "Lily's Chickens," in which she considers the dangers of pesticides and the challenges of living off the land. Several of the selections, including the title essay, deal with the tragic events of 9/11. Covering everything from contemporary politics to the American family, from genetic engineering to TV, each of these elegantly written, perceptive pieces is an eye-opener. A national bestseller, Small Wonder contains the same terrific imagery and graceful prose that makes Kingsolver's fiction so appealing. A reading group guide is available in print and online at www.harpercollins.com.