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Barbara Kingsolver

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Barbara Kingsolver Animal Vegetable Miracle A Year Of Food Life
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Bestselling author Barbara Kingsolver returns with her first nonfiction narrative that will open your eyes in a hundred new ways to an old truth: You are what you eat.

"As the U.S. population made an unprecedented mad dash for the Sun Belt, one carload of us paddled against the tide, heading for the Promised Land where water falls from the sky and green stuff grows all around. We were about to begin the adventure of realigning our lives with our food chain.

"Naturally, our first stop was to buy junk food and fossil fuel. . . ."

Hang on for the ride: With characteristic poetry and pluck, Barbara Kingsolver and her family sweep readers along on their journey away from the industrial-food pipeline to a rural life in which they vow to buy only food raised in their own neighborhood, grow it themselves, or learn to live without it. Their good-humored search yields surprising discoveries about turkey sex life and overly zealous zucchini plants, en route to a food culture that's better for the neighborhood and also better on the table. Part memoir, part journalistic investigation, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle makes a passionate case for putting the kitchen back at the center of family life and diversified farms at the center of the American diet.

"This is the story of a year in which we made every attempt to feed ourselves animals and vegetables whose provenance we really knew . . . and of how our family was changed by our first year of deliberately eating food produced from the same place where we worked, went to school, loved our neighbors, drank the water, and breathed the air."

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“[Kingsolver is] a master storyteller, and even those who’ve heard this tale before will be captivated.”

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“[This] is a book that, without being preachy, makes a solid case for eating locally instead of globally.”

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“[Written] with passion and hope…This novelist paints a compelling big picture-broad and ambitious, with nary an extraneous stroke.”

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“A lovely book. ”

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“A profound, graceful, and literary work . . . Timeless. . . . It can change who you are.”

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“A terrific effort. The delight for readers…is the chance to experience the rediscovery of community through food.”

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“An impassioned, sensual, smart and witty narrative…Kinsolver is a master at leavening a serious message with humor.”

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“ANIMAL, VEGETABLE, MIRACLE is a chronicle of food feats…I’m inclined to agree with most points Kingsolver makes.”

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“ANIMAL, VEGETABLE, MIRACLE makes an important contribution to the chorus of voices calling for change.””

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“Anyone who read and appreciated THE OMNIVORE’S DILEMMA by Michael Pollan will want to read Barbara Kingsolver’s book.”

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“Charming . . . Literary magic . . . If you love the narrative voice of Barbara Kingsolver, you will be thrilled.”

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“Charming, zestful, funny and poetic…a serious book about important problems.”

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“Charming...and persuasive...Each season-and chapter-unfolds with a natural rhythm and mouth-watering appeal.”

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“Classy and disarming, substantive and entertaining, earnest and funny....Kingsolver takes the genre to a new literary level.”

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“Delectable . . . steeped in elegant prose and seasoned with smart morsels about the food industry.”

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“Engaging…Absorbing…Lovely food writing̷“Wry, insightful and inspiring to anyone who yearns to work with the earth.”

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