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New Book by Barbara Kingsolver '77 is "Folksy and Smart": International Herald Tribune

May 20, 2007

barbara kingsolver 2.jpgMay 20, 2007, Greencastle, Ind. - "There are many ways for a writer to tell you to eat your vegetables: earnestly, humorously, scientifically, self-righteously, instructively or so voluptuously that the page practically reeks of fertilizer. Barbara Kingsolver's way is both folksy and smart," opines Janet Maslin in an International Herald Tribune review of the 1977 DePauw University graduate's new book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life.

The book -- co-authored by Kingsolver's daughter, Camille, and husband, Steven L. Hopp -- is an account of how the family "decided to leave their arid life in Tucson, Arizona, and moved to Virginia, where they already owned a farm in an Appalachian hollow. They would work the farm and live on local or home-grown food for a full calendar year," notes Maslin. "This meant no snack foods, no processed ones, no cucumbers from warmer parts of the world. 'Six eyes, all beloved to me, stared unblinking as I crossed the exotics off our shopping list, one by one,' Kingsolver writes about the family's adjustment to these strictures. With the exceptions of olive oil, grains and spices, everything they ate was simple Barbara Kingsolver Food Life.jpgand in season."

Kingsolver, states the reviewer, "succeeds in dramatizing her own family's story so that these ideas come to life, anecdotally and charmingly."

Access the complete text at the newspaper's Web site.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle has also received recent praise in the San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today and the New York Times, among other media outlets.

A zoology major at DePauw, Barbara Kingsolver's books include the Pulitzer Prize-nominated The Poisonwood Bible, Prodigal Summer, The Bean Trees, Small Wonder and Last Stand: America's Virgin Lands, a collaboration with National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths Belt. Kingsolver received the National Humanities Medal in 2000.

Read the author's reflections on her years at DePauw here.

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