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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5,637 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara Kingsolver Narrator: Barbara Kingsolver Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2006 ISBN:
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In her new essay collection, the beloved author of High Tide in Tucson brings to us from one of history's darker moments an extended love song to the world we still have. From its opening parable gleaned from recent news about a lost child saved in an astonishing way, the book moves on to consider a world of surprising and hopeful prospects, ranging from an inventive conservation scheme in a remote jungle to the backyard flock of chickens tended by the author's small daughter.

These essays are grounded in the author's belief that our largest problems have grown from the earth's remotest corners as well as our own backyards, and that answers may lie in those places, too. In the voice Kingsolver's readers have come to rely on, sometimes grave, occasionally hilarious, and ultimately persuasive, Small Wonder is a hopeful examination of the people we seem to be, and what we might yet make of ourselves. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Calli | 2/18/2014

    " Book of essays by my favorite author. Insightful and sensitive writings on a range of subjects from 9/11, protesting the war, biodiversity, supporting local produce/economics, teenage daughter, mother, etc. Some writings were new, others found elsewhere or expanded upon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Madeleine | 2/17/2014

    " a wonderful collection of essays that touch on all sorts of topics... from womanhood to motherhood to the environment "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessie | 2/9/2014

    " The momma bear/lost child story made me cry deeply with love for all things, all wonders. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 2/8/2014

    " I enjoyed "Small Wonder" when I got to the short story titled: "Letter to a Daughter at Thirteen". I also enjoyed: "Letter to My Mother". The following stories were very informative and enjoyable. I recommend this book as long as you start at Page 144. I have to admit I found the first sections boring and "preachy". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betsy | 2/7/2014

    " This was an amazing book. Yay Barbara Kingsolver. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 2/3/2014

    " I love the way she ties political events and social awareness to her everyday life and family activities in these essays. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 CeCe Carson | 2/2/2014

    " I love Barbara Kingsolver! Perhaps I have said that before when reviewing one of her many books. This collection of short stories reveals her heart, her passions, & her voice. I would really like to live in her world for a week. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morgan | 1/20/2014

    " My all time go-to book. I love Barbara Kingsolver and this collection of essays reiterates how awesome she is. Now I just have to read Animal Vegetable Miracle! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle Monroe Rowan | 1/19/2014

    " I am giving up on this book. I am about 1/3 in and just don't think I am in the right place/mindset to get anything from her essays. Too much other great stuff to read, time to move on! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 1/19/2014

    " A perceptive collection of essays, which points toward the possibility of responsible living. Kingsolver addresses environmental and political issues, both in our immediate community and the world at large. While admitting her own shortcomings and ambiguities, she challenges us to make a difference where we can and not fear being out of step with society. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jesse James | 1/17/2014

    " About all the little things that make life mysterious and beautiful and meaningful. Written after September 11th, this book of essays is Kingslover looking to rediscover the wonder in the world and she does it. Reading it reminded me why I love living life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Larissacherpeski | 1/7/2014

    " This was a book of essays. Some of them were excellent, but most of them were a little too preachy for my taste. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Seitz | 12/28/2013

    " This book brought me into the conversation about food politics. I stole it from the Wauwatosa East High School Library. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trisha Owens | 12/28/2013

    " Wonderful essays written by a woman I'd like to be friends with! We share so many ideologies. Love this book! Note, the author also wrote, The Bean Trees and Pigs in Heaven, of which I also enjoyed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eva Nickelson | 12/7/2013

    " While the book was well-written, I did not actually enjoy the book. My dislike may have just been due to where I was in my life, but I haven't tried to re-read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elissa Bratcher | 11/28/2013

    " Kingsolvers voice is assertive, wise and on point for today's needed message! I encourage you to pick this book up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Madeline Ellis | 11/28/2013

    " ahh this book. beautiful in so many ways. this was the first book of hers that i read but it left me wanting more. i love her passion and how she finds beauty and amazement all around her. she is inspiring to say the least. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerrie | 11/27/2013

    " I learned about eating local from this book. Lots of good essays that make you ask questions of yourself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 amber | 11/13/2013

    " Not all the essays are great, but many of them are. I especially like "Fist in the Eye of God" and "Lily's Chickens". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 11/9/2013

    " Delightful Kingsolver! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gloria | 6/16/2013

    " Many wonderful short stories by this incredible author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samira | 5/15/2013

    " I read this all night one night, up with insomnia and I suspect that I am giving it a 4 rather than a 5 because I read it in a place where I could not give it the attention it deserved. Carefully considered and thoughtful essays. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth Colket | 1/12/2013

    " I learned a perspective of the current media industry and how it is affecting free speech that I had not yet considered. One of my favorites... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connolly | 1/8/2013

    " This one changed me a little bit - she says things I wish I could articulate. Every human should read this! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aldra | 8/6/2012

    " Validation in paper form. This book saved me from thinking I was alone in my ability to think critically and that I was somehow alone in thinking my nation was quickly turning into a fascist state (ok, she doesn't claim fascism, but still!). I'm not a huge fan of essays, but this one is gawgeous! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri | 4/18/2012

    " i read this shortly after sept. 11 and found it incredibly touching and beautiful "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shellie | 12/18/2011

    " Barbara read this, she has such a great voice it was so fun to listen to. This book is essays about her, her life, her political views, and beliefs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bree | 10/3/2011

    " I usually don't care for books of essays too much, but these were great. My copy is dog-eared and underlined because I wanted to remember where my favorite passages were and share them with others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 7/29/2011

    " Kingsolver's voice in her collection of post 9/11 essays was one of the first that gave me hope in those dark early years of Bush's "presidency". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara | 7/25/2011

    " the first essay is amazing. a few decent ones here and there, not enough to keep my attention "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherry | 6/26/2011

    " I love this book and keep going back to it from time to time. The author says what I wish I had said. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 catherine | 4/26/2011

    " while i almost always agree with kingsolver's world-view and appreciate her general aesthetic, i find this collection totally unengaging. i'm half way through, and gonna end it there. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lara | 3/27/2011

    " great perspective, a bit preachy and outdated from Sept 11, but good for any Kingslover fan "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 3/21/2011

    " I loved this book. I listened to half of the book on audio and read the other half. Barbara Kingsolver eloquently summed up my thoughts on many topics. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eva | 3/20/2011

    " While the book was well-written, I did not actually enjoy the book. My dislike may have just been due to where I was in my life, but I haven't tried to re-read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin | 2/6/2011

    " thoughtful reflections on the evolving landscape of America and her psyche "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elissa | 1/28/2011

    " beautifully written. liked this infinitely more than the poisonwood bible. kingsolver writes about family, politics, and conservation in ways that help me better explain my own perspectives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline | 1/24/2011

    " one of her best books -- incredible short stories! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Almeta | 1/7/2011

    " The life that Kingsolver and her family seem to live is (to me) ideal and impossible. Still it makes me want to do better in my stewardship.

    I read this book, then sold it at a yard sale....then months later.... it haunted me, and I had to buy another copy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty | 1/3/2011

    " I'm not that much for non-fiction, especially essays, but as a fan of Kingsolver, I had to read this and loved it so much I recommended it for my book club. "

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