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High Tide in Tucson Essays from Now or Never

ISBN-10: 0060927569
ISBN-13: 9780060927561
Edition: 1995
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Book details

List price: $14.99
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/25/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

"There is no one quite like Barbara Kingsolver in contemporary literature," raves the Washington Post Book World, and it is right. She has been nominated three times for the ABBY award, and her critically acclaimed writings consistently enjoy spectacular commercial success as they entertain and touch her legions of loyal fans. In High Tide in Tucson, she returns to her familiar themes of family, community, the common good and the natural world. The title essay considers Buster, a hermit crab that accidentally stows away on Kingsolver's return trip from the Bahamas to her desert home, and turns out to have manic-depressive tendencies. Buster is running around for all he's worth -- one can only presume it's high tide in Tucson. Kingsolver brings a moral vision and refreshing sense of humor to subjects ranging from modern motherhood to the history of private property to the suspended citizenship of human beings in the Animal Kingdom. Beautifully packaged, with original illustrations by well-known illustrator Paul Mirocha, these wise lessons on the urgent business of being alive make it a perfect gift for Kingsolver's many fans.

Barbara Kingsolver was born on April 8, 1955 in Annapolis, Maryland and grew up in Eastern Kentucky. As a child, Kingsolver used to beg her mother to tell her bedtime stories. She soon started to write stories and essays of her own, and at the age of nine, she began to keep a journal. After graduating with a degree in biology form De Pauw University in Indiana in 1977, Kingsolver pursued graduate studies in biology and ecology at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She earned her Master of Science degree in the early 1980s. A position as a science writer for the University of Arizona soon led Kingsolver into feature writing for journals and newspapers. Her articles have appeared in a number of publications, including The Nation, The New York Times, and Smithsonian magazines. In 1985, she married a chemist, becoming pregnant the following year. During her pregnancy, Kingsolver suffered from insomnia. To ease her boredom when she couldn't sleep, she began writing fiction Barbara Kingsolver's first fiction novel, The Bean Trees, published in 1988, is about a young woman who leaves rural Kentucky and finds herself living in urban Tucson. Since then, Kingsolver has written other novels, including Holding the Line, Homeland, and Pigs in Heaven. In 1995, after the publication of her essay collection High Tide in Tucson: Essays from Now or Never, Kingsolver was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from her alma mater, De Pauw University. Her latest works include The Lacuna and Flight Behavior. Barbara's nonfiction book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle was written with her family. This is the true story of the family's adventures as they move to a farm in rural Virginia and vow to eat locally for one year. They grow their own vegetables, raise their own poultry and buy the rest of their food directly from farmers markets and other local sources.

Preface
High Tide in Tucson
Creation Stories
Making Peace
In Case You Ever Want to Go Home Again
How Mr. Dewey Decimal Saved My Life
Life Without Go-Go Boots
The Household Zen
Semper Fi
The Muscle Mystique
Civil Disobedience at Breakfast
Somebody's Baby
Paradise Lost
Confessions of a Reluctant Rock Goddess
Stone Soup
The Spaces Between
Postcards from the Imaginary Mom
The Memory Place
The Vibrations of Djoogbe
Infernal Paradise
In the Belly of the Beast
Jabberwocky
The Forest in the Seeds
Careful What You Let in the Door
The Not-So-Deadly Sin
Reprise
Acknowledgments

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