Monday, April 09, 2007

Barbara Kingsolver - author, activist, mother, independent soul

During one of my now reoccurring sleepless moments, I turned on our public TV channel. There was an author named Barbara Kingsolver talking about her life and writing. Now of course with a name like Kingsolver, I tarried for a moment and was instantly hooked.

She talked of Kentucky, Africa, Europe, and Arizona. All places she had lived for one reason or another. The more she spoke and read from her books, the more I was engrossed. She talked of how she would labor for 32 years only writing in the margins of her school books and notebooks. Writing technical papers, making money but not really finding her voice. She intentionally "lost" her accent and moved beyond Kentucky. Listening to her tell her story was intriguing. The more I listened the more I wanted to hear.

The show aired in our area at 2 AM on 4/9/2007. Created by KETV (I think), this was an older show.

If you have a chance check out her many works. They can of course be found at all the familiar book sellers and at

I leave you with an excerpt from The Bean Trees

I have been afraid of putting air in a tire ever since I saw a tractor tire blow up and throw Newt Hardbine's father over the top of the Standard Oil sign. I'm not lying. He got stuck up there. About nineteen people congregated during the time it took for Norman Strick to walk up to the Courthouse and blow the whistle for the volunteer fire department. They eventually did come with the ladder and haul him down, and he wasn't dead but lost his hearing and in many other ways was never the same afterward. They said he overfilled the tire.

Checkout the complete excerpt from The Bean Trees

Looks like I will need to expand the bookshelves just a little bit more.

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