Essential Agrarian Reader The Future of Culture, Community, and the Land

ISBN-10: 1593760434
ISBN-13: 9781593760434
Edition: 2004
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List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Counterpoint LLC
Publication date: 8/5/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

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.

Foreword
Introduction: Why Agrarianism Matters--Even to Urbanites
Agrarian Principles and Priorities
The Agrarian Standard
The Resettling of America
The Mind-Set of Agrarianism ... New and Old
Sustainable Economic Development: Definitions, Principles, Policies
Placing the Soul: An Agrarian Philosophical Principle
Assessing Our Situation
The Current State of Agriculture: Does It Have a Future?
Globalization and the War against Farmers and the Land
The Agrarian Mind: Mere Nostalgia or a Practical Necessity?
All Flesh Is Grass: A Hopeful Look at the Future of Agrarianism
The Uses of Prophecy
Putting Agrarianism to Work
Country and City: The Common Vision of Agrarians and New Urbanists
New Agrarians: Local Innovators
The Legal and Legislative Front: The Fight Against Industrial Agriculture
Private Property Rights in Land: An Agrarian View
Going to Work
Further Reading
Contributors
Index

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