High Tide in Tucson: Essays From Now Or Never

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Barbara Kingsolver has entertained and touched the lives of legions of readers with her critically acclaimed and bestselling novels The Bean Trees, Animal Dreams, and Pigs in Heaven.

In these twenty-five newly conceived essays, she returns once again to her favored literary terrain to explore the themes of family, community, and the natural world. With the eyes of a scientist and the vision of a poet, Kingsolver writes about notions as diverse as modern motherhood, the history of private property, and the suspended citizenship of humans in the animal kingdom. Her canny pursuit of meaning from an inscrutable world compels us to find instructions for life in surprising places: a museum of atomic bomb relics, a West African voodoo love charm, a family of paper dolls, the ethics of a wild pig who persistently invades a garden, a battle of wills with a two-year-old, or a troop of oysters who observe high tide in the middle of Illinois.

In sharing her thoughts about the urgent business of being alive, Kingsolver the essayist employs the same keen eyes, persuasive tongue, and understanding heart that characterize her acclaimed fiction. Defiant, funny, courageously honest, High Tide in Tucson proves once again that "there is no one quite like Barbara Kingsolver in contemporary literature."--Washington Post Book World

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Writing High Tide in Tucson was just about like writing a book from scratch. It took about a year. A lot of the material is brand-new, written for this book. Some reviewers have been sort of dismissive of the effort, as if I opened a drawer and found these essays and just threw them together into a book. I wouldn't do that. I have such reverence for the institution of books. I'm very daunted by the idea of writing one, even though I do it over and over. I still find it hard to believe that I'm allowed to do it. I enter the writing of a book the same way I enter a cathedral, with my eyes on heaven and hoping I'm worthy.

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Barbara Kingsolver is a writer of three highly praised works of fiction, and one non-fiction work, Holding the Line: Women in the Great Arizona Mine Strike of 1983, in addition to being a journalist and human rights activist. Barbara was born in Annapolis, Maryland, but grew up in rural Kentucky. She moved away from her home to town to earn degrees in biology and ecology from DePauw University and The University of Arizona. She spent time living in various parts of Europe and across the United States, supporting herself with a diverse array of jobs. Some of Barbara's work experience includes employment as an archaeologist, typesetter, x-ray technician, copy editor, biological researcher and translator of technical medical documents. Ms. Kingsolver is now a full-time writer and lives with her family in the home they built in the Tucson Mountains. As an activist she is very committed to the issues of human rights, social responsibility and the environment. Barbara Kingsolver came to fiction writing through her career as a scientific writer and journalist. Her articles appear in publications as varied as The Progressive, The Sonoran Review and Smithsonian. Her book reviews are frequently found in The New York Times and The Women's Review of Books. Her short stories have appeared in Mademoiselle, Redbook, The Virginia Quarterly Review, the anthology New Stories From the South, and elsewhere. She is the author of The Bean Trees, a novel, Homeland and Other Stories, a collection of short stories, and now Animal Dreams, her second novel and most accomplished work to date.

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