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Wikipedia Summary for Barbara Kingsolver

Barbara Kingsolver (born April 8, 1955) is an American novelist, essayist and poet. She was raised in rural Kentucky and lived briefly in the Congo in her early childhood. Kingsolver earned degrees in biology at DePauw University and the University of Arizona and worked as a freelance writer before she began writing novels. Her widely known works include The Poisonwood Bible, the tale of a missionary family in the Congo, and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, a non-fiction account of her family's attempts to eat locally.

Her work often focuses on topics such as social justice, biodiversity and the interaction between humans and their communities and environments. Each of her books published since 1993 has been on the New York Times Best Seller list. Kingsolver has received numerous awards, including the Dayton Literary Peace Prize's Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award 2011, UK's Orange Prize for Fiction 2010, for The Lacuna, and the National Humanities Medal. She has been nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

In 2000, Kingsolver established the Bellwether Prize to support "literature of social change".

Quote: The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for! by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of brown mountains under blue sky
Photo Credit: mohammad alizade

The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for!

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.




Quote: There is no perfect time to write. There's only now. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of notebook on table
Photo Credit: Kelly Sikkema

There is no perfect time to write. There's only now.


Quote: Hope is a renewable option: If you run out of it at the end of the day, you get to start over in the morning. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of black and gray floral textile
Photo Credit: Adrien Olichon

Hope is a renewable option: If you run out of it at the end of the day, you get to start over in the morning.


Quote: Sadness is more or less like a head cold - with patience, it passes. Depression is like cancer. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of castle surrounded fog
Photo Credit: Martin Sattler

Sadness is more or less like a head cold - with patience, it passes. Depression is like cancer.


Quote: The friend who holds your hand and says the wrong thing is made of dearer stuff than the one who stays away. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of yellow flower field near bare trees during daytime
Photo Credit: Ricardo Gomez Angel

The friend who holds your hand and says the wrong thing is made of dearer stuff than the one who stays away.


Quote: In a world as wrong as this one, all we can do is make things as right as we can. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

In a world as wrong as this one, all we can do is make things as right as we can.


Quote: Most of my books have been about the complex ways an individual depends on community. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

Most of my books have been about the complex ways an individual depends on community.


Quote: People in my novels always have terrible problems. If they are not terrible, I make them more terrible. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

People in my novels always have terrible problems. If they are not terrible, I make them more terrible.


Quote: The first sentence of a book is a promise. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

The first sentence of a book is a promise.


Quote: A good title holds magic, some cognitive dissonance, a little grit between the teeth, but above all it is the jumping-off place into wonder. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

A good title holds magic, some cognitive dissonance, a little grit between the teeth, but above all it is the jumping-off place into wonder.


Quote: A breeze shook rain out of new leaves onto their hair, but in their pursuit of eternity they never noticed the chill. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

A breeze shook rain out of new leaves onto their hair, but in their pursuit of eternity they never noticed the chill.


Quote: A meaningless phrase repeated again and again begins to resemble truth. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

A meaningless phrase repeated again and again begins to resemble truth.


Quote: No kind of bomb ever built will extinguish hatred. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

No kind of bomb ever built will extinguish hatred.


Quote: A certain feeling comes from throwing your good life away, and it is one part rapture. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

A certain feeling comes from throwing your good life away, and it is one part rapture.


Quote: The conspicuous consumption of limited resources has yet to be accepted widely as a spiritual error, or even bad manners. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

The conspicuous consumption of limited resources has yet to be accepted widely as a spiritual error, or even bad manners.


Quote: Culture is a slingshot moved by the force of its past. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

Culture is a slingshot moved by the force of its past.


Quote: I don't bring expectations to any of my books. I don't tell people what to do. I want to invite them in. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

I don't bring expectations to any of my books. I don't tell people what to do. I want to invite them in.


Quote: When I sit down to write, I consider myself an artist. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

When I sit down to write, I consider myself an artist.


Quote: A mother's body remembers her babies -- the folds of soft flesh, the softly furred scalp against her nose. Each child has its own entreaties to body and soul. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

A mother's body remembers her babies -- the folds of soft flesh, the softly furred scalp against her nose. Each child has its own entreaties to body and soul.


Quote: Kids don't stay with you if you do it right. It's the one job where, the better you are, the more surely you won't be needed in the long run. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

Kids don't stay with you if you do it right. It's the one job where, the better you are, the more surely you won't be needed in the long run.


Quote: You can't learn anything when you're trying to look like the smartest person in the room. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

You can't learn anything when you're trying to look like the smartest person in the room.


Quote: Certain things just go together. And when they do, they are correlated. It is the darling of all human errors to assume, without proper testing, that one is the cause of the other. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

Certain things just go together. And when they do, they are correlated. It is the darling of all human errors to assume, without proper testing, that one is the cause of the other.


Quote: Every religious tradition from the northern hemisphere honors some form of April hallelujah, for this is the season of exquisite redemption, a slam-bang return to joy after a season of cold second thoughts. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

Every religious tradition from the northern hemisphere honors some form of April hallelujah, for this is the season of exquisite redemption, a slam-bang return to joy after a season of cold second thoughts.


Quote: I rarely think of poetry as something I make happen; it is more accurate to say that it happens to me. Like a summer storm, a house afire, or the coincidence of both on the same day. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

I rarely think of poetry as something I make happen; it is more accurate to say that it happens to me. Like a summer storm, a house afire, or the coincidence of both on the same day.


Quote: God doesn't need to punish us. He just grants us a long enough life to punish ourselves. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

God doesn't need to punish us. He just grants us a long enough life to punish ourselves.


Quote: Most of us are creatures so comforted by habit, it can take something on the order of religion to invoke new, more conscious behaviors -- however glad we may be afterward that we went to the trouble. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

Most of us are creatures so comforted by habit, it can take something on the order of religion to invoke new, more conscious behaviors -- however glad we may be afterward that we went to the trouble.


Quote: We are bodies, sometimes with dreams and always with desires. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

We are bodies, sometimes with dreams and always with desires.


Quote: The density of the butterflies in the air now gave her a sense of being underwater, plunged into a deep pond among bright fishes. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

The density of the butterflies in the air now gave her a sense of being underwater, plunged into a deep pond among bright fishes.


Quote: Be careful what you give children, for sooner or later you are sure to get it back. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

Be careful what you give children, for sooner or later you are sure to get it back.


Quote: In my first draft every sentence I put down is to advance the story. Each subsequent draft -- the 3rd, the 7th, the 27th -- is trying to turn each of those sentences into a poem. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

In my first draft every sentence I put down is to advance the story. Each subsequent draft -- the 3rd, the 7th, the 27th -- is trying to turn each of those sentences into a poem.


Quote: Will you explain to me why people encourage delusional behaviour in children, and medicate it in adults? by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

Will you explain to me why people encourage delusional behaviour in children, and medicate it in adults?


Quote: I stir in bed and the memories rise out of me like a buzz of flies from a carcass. I crave to be rid of them. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

I stir in bed and the memories rise out of me like a buzz of flies from a carcass. I crave to be rid of them.


Quote: The urge to lie is produced by the contradictions in our lives. We are made to declare love for our country, while it tramples our rights and dignity. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

The urge to lie is produced by the contradictions in our lives. We are made to declare love for our country, while it tramples our rights and dignity.


Quote: On the hill behind her crows flew one by one into the bare trees, arranging their dark blots in the scrim of branches and adding their warnings to the drear sounds of this day. Gone, gone, they rasped. Here was a dead world learning to speak in dissonant, unbearable sounds. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of Barbara Kingsolver quote; white text on black background

On the hill behind her crows flew one by one into the bare trees, arranging their dark blots in the scrim of branches and adding their warnings to the drear sounds of this day. Gone, gone, they rasped. Here was a dead world learning to speak in dissonant, unbearable sounds.


Quote: You never knew which split second might be the zigzag bolt dividing all that went before from the everything that comes next. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

You never knew which split second might be the zigzag bolt dividing all that went before from the everything that comes next.


Quote: She'd heard theories in her time regarding the number-one enemy of everything, ranging from Osama bin Laden to premarital sex. The dust theory she liked. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

She'd heard theories in her time regarding the number-one enemy of everything, ranging from Osama bin Laden to premarital sex. The dust theory she liked.


Quote: Feminine' was a test like some witch trial she was preordained to fail. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

Feminine' was a test like some witch trial she was preordained to fail.


Quote: If you can't dress expensive, dress memorable. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

If you can't dress expensive, dress memorable.


Quote: One of the very first things I figured out about life...is that it's better to be a hopeful person than a cynical, grumpy one, because you have to live in the same world either way, and if you're hopeful, you have more fun. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

One of the very first things I figured out about life...is that it's better to be a hopeful person than a cynical, grumpy one, because you have to live in the same world either way, and if you're hopeful, you have more fun.




Quote: This story about good food begins in a quick-stop convenience market. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

This story about good food begins in a quick-stop convenience market.


Quote: Everything truly important is washable. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

Everything truly important is washable.




Quote: The important thing isn't the house. It's the ability to make it. You carry that in your brain and in your hands, wherever you go. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

The important thing isn't the house. It's the ability to make it. You carry that in your brain and in your hands, wherever you go.


Quote: Hunger of the body is altogether different from the shallow, daily hunger of the belly. Those who have known this kind of hunger cannot entirely love, ever again, those who have not. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

Hunger of the body is altogether different from the shallow, daily hunger of the belly. Those who have known this kind of hunger cannot entirely love, ever again, those who have not.


Quote: The substance of grief is not imaginary. It's as real as rope or the absence of air, and like both those things, it can kill. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

The substance of grief is not imaginary. It's as real as rope or the absence of air, and like both those things, it can kill.


Quote: Awareness is everything. Hallie once pointed out to me that people worry a lot more about the eternity *after* their deaths than the eternity that happened before they were born. But it's the same amount of infinity, rolling out in all directions from where we stand. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of Barbara Kingsolver quote; white text on black background

Awareness is everything. Hallie once pointed out to me that people worry a lot more about the eternity *after* their deaths than the eternity that happened before they were born. But it's the same amount of infinity, rolling out in all directions from where we stand.


Quote: He asked me if the alligator was a national symbol of the United States, because you saw them everywhere on people's shirts, just above the heart. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

He asked me if the alligator was a national symbol of the United States, because you saw them everywhere on people's shirts, just above the heart.


Quote: Before that I was a scientist. I did research in population biology. And that's what I always go back to, it helps me to remember that people are not the end of the world, although we may be when it comes to it. We're just one species among millions in this world. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

Before that I was a scientist. I did research in population biology. And that's what I always go back to, it helps me to remember that people are not the end of the world, although we may be when it comes to it. We're just one species among millions in this world.


Quote: It's the same struggle for each of us, and the same path out: the utterly simple, infinitely wise, ultimately defiant act of loving one thing and then another, loving our way back to life. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

It's the same struggle for each of us, and the same path out: the utterly simple, infinitely wise, ultimately defiant act of loving one thing and then another, loving our way back to life.


Quote: Maybe he's been in Africa so long he has forgotten that we Christians have our own system of marriage, and it is called Monotony. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

Maybe he's been in Africa so long he has forgotten that we Christians have our own system of marriage, and it is called Monotony.


Quote: There were two things about Mama. One is she always expected the best out of me. And the other is that then no matter what I did, whatever I came home with, she acted like it was the moon I had just hung up in the sky and plugged in all the stars. Like I was that good. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of Barbara Kingsolver quote; white text on black background

There were two things about Mama. One is she always expected the best out of me. And the other is that then no matter what I did, whatever I came home with, she acted like it was the moon I had just hung up in the sky and plugged in all the stars. Like I was that good.


Quote: Most of them don't know what communism is, could not pick it out of a lineup. They only know what anticommunism is. The two are practically unrelated. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

Most of them don't know what communism is, could not pick it out of a lineup. They only know what anticommunism is. The two are practically unrelated.


Quote: All of the promises of politicians, generals, madmen, and crusaders that war can create peace have yet to be borne out. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

All of the promises of politicians, generals, madmen, and crusaders that war can create peace have yet to be borne out.


Quote: Be sweet and carry a sharp knife, was her motto. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

Be sweet and carry a sharp knife, was her motto.


Quote: To stomp about the world ignoring cultural differences is arrogant, to be sure, but perhaps there is another kind of arrogance in the presumption that we may ever really build a faultless bridge from one shore to another, or even know where the mist has ceded to landfall. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of Barbara Kingsolver quote; white text on black background

To stomp about the world ignoring cultural differences is arrogant, to be sure, but perhaps there is another kind of arrogance in the presumption that we may ever really build a faultless bridge from one shore to another, or even know where the mist has ceded to landfall.


Quote: It's tough to break yourself as news to a town that already knows you. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

It's tough to break yourself as news to a town that already knows you.


Quote: You can curse the dead or pray for them, but don't expect them to do a thing for you. They're far too interested in watching us, to see what in heaven's name we will do next. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

You can curse the dead or pray for them, but don't expect them to do a thing for you. They're far too interested in watching us, to see what in heaven's name we will do next.


Quote: Don't wait for the muse. She has a lousy work ethic. Writers just write. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

Don't wait for the muse. She has a lousy work ethic. Writers just write.


Quote: Nine-tenths of human law is about possession. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

Nine-tenths of human law is about possession.


Quote: Mistakes wreck your life. But they make what you have. It's kind of all one. You know what Hester told me when we were working the sheep one time? She said it's no good to complain about your flock, because it's the put-together of all your past choices. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

Mistakes wreck your life. But they make what you have. It's kind of all one. You know what Hester told me when we were working the sheep one time? She said it's no good to complain about your flock, because it's the put-together of all your past choices.


Quote: Nonfiction requires enormous discipline. You construct the terms of your story, and then you stick to them. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

Nonfiction requires enormous discipline. You construct the terms of your story, and then you stick to them.


Quote: He's not from here, that's the thing, Cub said.
Just because he's the outsider, he has no say? Should we not read books, then, or listen to nobody outside this county? Where's that going to leave us? by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

He's not from here, that's the thing, Cub said.
Just because he's the outsider, he has no say? Should we not read books, then, or listen to nobody outside this county? Where's that going to leave us?


Quote: Plot comes first. The plot is the archictecture of your novel. You wouldn't build a house without a plan. If I wrote without a plot, it would just be a pile of bricks. Characters are your servants. They must serve your plot. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

Plot comes first. The plot is the archictecture of your novel. You wouldn't build a house without a plan. If I wrote without a plot, it would just be a pile of bricks. Characters are your servants. They must serve your plot.


Quote: She kept swimming out into life because she hadn't yet found a rock to stand on. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

She kept swimming out into life because she hadn't yet found a rock to stand on.


Quote: Come to think of it, just about every tool was shaped like either a weenie or a pistol, depending on your point of view. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

Come to think of it, just about every tool was shaped like either a weenie or a pistol, depending on your point of view.


Quote: My life is a pitiful, mechanical thing without a past, like a little wind-up car, ready to run in any direction someone points me. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

My life is a pitiful, mechanical thing without a past, like a little wind-up car, ready to run in any direction someone points me.


Quote: A breeze shook rain out of new leaves onto their hair, but in their pursuit of eternity they never noticed the chill. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

A breeze shook rain out of new leaves onto their hair, but in their pursuit of eternity they never noticed the chill.


Quote: All the noise in my brain. I clamp it to the page so it will be still. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

All the noise in my brain. I clamp it to the page so it will be still.


Quote: You know reviewers, they are the wind in their own sails. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

You know reviewers, they are the wind in their own sails.


Quote: Let's all sing the redneck national anthem: Settle for what you can get. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

Let's all sing the redneck national anthem: Settle for what you can get.


Quote: There was a roaring in my ears and I lost track of what they were saying. I believe it was the physical manifestation of unbearable grief. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

There was a roaring in my ears and I lost track of what they were saying. I believe it was the physical manifestation of unbearable grief.


Quote: They said it was to be a revolutionary house, free of class struggle, no servants' rooms because they didn't believe in laundry maids or cooks.
Nobody does, really. Why should they? Only in having clean clothes, clean floors, and enchiladas tapatias. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

They said it was to be a revolutionary house, free of class struggle, no servants' rooms because they didn't believe in laundry maids or cooks.
Nobody does, really. Why should they? Only in having clean clothes, clean floors, and enchiladas tapatias.


Quote: I have my own sheep and I literally sheer the sheep and knot sweaters for friends and family from scratch. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

I have my own sheep and I literally sheer the sheep and knot sweaters for friends and family from scratch.




Quote: Loose lips sink ships. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

Loose lips sink ships.


Quote: If you're standing in the manure pile, it's somebody's job to mention the stink. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

If you're standing in the manure pile, it's somebody's job to mention the stink.


Quote: It's as if cats live in a seperate universe that takes up the same space as ours, but is full of facinating things like mice or sparrows or special TV programs that we can't see. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

It's as if cats live in a seperate universe that takes up the same space as ours, but is full of facinating things like mice or sparrows or special TV programs that we can't see.


Quote: Does a man become a revolutionary out of the belief he's entitled to joy rather than submission? by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

Does a man become a revolutionary out of the belief he's entitled to joy rather than submission?


Quote: Friends, there is nothing like your own family to make you appreciate strangers! by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

Friends, there is nothing like your own family to make you appreciate strangers!


Quote: Feeling that morality has nothing to do with the way you use the resources of the world is an idea that can't persist much longer. If it does, then we won't. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

Feeling that morality has nothing to do with the way you use the resources of the world is an idea that can't persist much longer. If it does, then we won't.


Quote: Eating is a genuine need, continuous from our first day to our last, amounting over time to our most significant statement of what we are made of and what we have chosen to make of our connection to home ground. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

Eating is a genuine need, continuous from our first day to our last, amounting over time to our most significant statement of what we are made of and what we have chosen to make of our connection to home ground.


Quote: If you never stepped on anybody's toes, you never been for a walk. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

If you never stepped on anybody's toes, you never been for a walk.


Quote: She told him television was a bad influence. Probably she was right. Like those white birds he's been seeing outside the window, it flashes its wings and promises whatever you want, even before you knew you wanted it. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

She told him television was a bad influence. Probably she was right. Like those white birds he's been seeing outside the window, it flashes its wings and promises whatever you want, even before you knew you wanted it.


Quote: Our childhood had passed over into history overnight. The transition was unnoticed by anyone but ourselves. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

Our childhood had passed over into history overnight. The transition was unnoticed by anyone but ourselves.


Quote: She watched the dark highway and entertained me with her vegetable-soup song, except that now there were people mixed in with the beans and potatoes: Dwayne Ray, Mattie, Esperanza, Lou Ann and all the rest. 
And me. I was the main ingredient. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

She watched the dark highway and entertained me with her vegetable-soup song, except that now there were people mixed in with the beans and potatoes: Dwayne Ray, Mattie, Esperanza, Lou Ann and all the rest.
And me. I was the main ingredient.


Quote: Children can be your heartache. But that doesn't matter, you have to go on and have them ... it works out. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

Children can be your heartache. But that doesn't matter, you have to go on and have them ... it works out.


Quote: There are people who read my work and accuse me of being political! As far as I'm concerned that's like accusing a dog of having a bark! by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

There are people who read my work and accuse me of being political! As far as I'm concerned that's like accusing a dog of having a bark!


Quote: He was getting that look he gets, oh boy, like Here comes Moses tromping down off of Mount Syanide with ten fresh ways to wreck your life. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

He was getting that look he gets, oh boy, like Here comes Moses tromping down off of Mount Syanide with ten fresh ways to wreck your life.


Quote: I learned to write by reading the kind of books I wished I'd written. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

I learned to write by reading the kind of books I wished I'd written.


Quote: Tall and straight I may appear, but I will always be Ada inside. A crooked little person trying to tell the truth. The power is in the balance: we are our injuries, as much as we are our successes. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

Tall and straight I may appear, but I will always be Ada inside. A crooked little person trying to tell the truth. The power is in the balance: we are our injuries, as much as we are our successes.


Quote: The daily work -- that goes on, it adds up. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

The daily work -- that goes on, it adds up.


Quote: Because I write fiction that is based in the real world, it's going to lead people into some of the modern dilemmas and concerns and even catastrophes that they will think about in a new way. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

Because I write fiction that is based in the real world, it's going to lead people into some of the modern dilemmas and concerns and even catastrophes that they will think about in a new way.


Quote: Beginning a novel is always hard. It feels like going nowhere. I always have to write at least 100 pages that go into the trashcan before it finally begins to work. It's discouraging, but necessary to write those pages. I try to consider them pages -100 to zero of the novel. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of Barbara Kingsolver quote; white text on black background

Beginning a novel is always hard. It feels like going nowhere. I always have to write at least 100 pages that go into the trashcan before it finally begins to work. It's discouraging, but necessary to write those pages. I try to consider them pages -100 to zero of the novel.


Quote: Pure and unblemished souls must taste very bland, with an aftertaste of bitterness. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

Pure and unblemished souls must taste very bland, with an aftertaste of bitterness.




Quote: A woman knows she can walk away from a pot to tend something else and the pot will go on boiling; if she couldn't this world would end at once. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

A woman knows she can walk away from a pot to tend something else and the pot will go on boiling; if she couldn't this world would end at once.


Quote: We tap our toes to chaste love songs about the silvery moon without recognizing them as hymns to copulation. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

We tap our toes to chaste love songs about the silvery moon without recognizing them as hymns to copulation.


Quote: My father wears his faith like the bronze breastplate of God's footsoldiers while our mother's is more like a good cloth coat with a secondhand fit. by author Barbara Kingsolver overlaid on photo of photo of author Barbara Kingsolver with quote

My father wears his faith like the bronze breastplate of God's footsoldiers while our mother's is more like a good cloth coat with a secondhand fit.


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