UK's Guardian Profiles Barbara Kingsolver '77
June 27, 2007
June 27, 2007, Greencastle, Ind. - Barbara Kingsolver, the bestselling author and 1977 graduate of DePauw University, has "a desire to scratch her itch for earthiness that is rooted, she says, in her childhood in rural Kentucky. She has hung on to that link with the soil of her formative years ever since, through college in Indiana, where she studied biology, and almost three decades living in Tucson, Arizona, a city of a million people plonked in a desert," writes Ed Pilkington in the UK's Guardian. The reporter traveled to Kingsolver's Virginia farm to talk with her about her latest book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, which documents how the author and her family began raising and growing the majority of the food they consume.
""I've never really lost contact with the land," Kingsolver tells the newspaper. "The real places for me were always outside the concrete. I've never been able to go for a day without thinking that I'm an animal, and an animal is dead without its habitat and food chain."
Pilkington notes that Kingsolver "has acquired an enviably long list of bestselling books," among them, The Poisonwood Bible and The Bean Trees. He writes, "over a few hours spent in her company, the quality that stood out most was precisely this ability to straddle different worlds with apparent ease. Barbara Kingsolver -- bestselling writer, eco-campaigner, farmer, mother."
The reporter adds, "The locavore year technically came to an end several months ago, though the family has largely stuck with the regime. They eat out a little more frequently than they did, and occasionally buy wild Atlantic salmon, though they regard such treats as splurges rather than entitlements. Kingsolver is working on a new novel, which she describes as 'a fictional secret history revealed in a surprising way.' Before we part, I ask her what change the year has had on her. 'Physically, not much. But I really have connected with this place. To eat of this place helped me to become of it, to belong.'"Back