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NPR's 'Best Beach Books' Include 4 Barbara Kingsolver '77 Titles

August 1, 2009

Barbara Kingsolver Apr2009.jpgAugust 1, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — Barbara Kingsolver rules the beach, at least according to the audience of National Public Radio. The 1977 DePauw University graduate has four books on NPR's "Best Beach Books Ever" poll, the most individual titles of any author. About 16,000 listeners cast 136,000 votes. The result is a list of the 100 best summer reads.

Kingsolver's entries are The Poisonwood Bible at number 10, The Bean Trees (#22), Animal Dreams (#61), and Prodigal Summer (#79).

The Harry Potter series took the top spot in the survey.

You'll find the list by clicking here.

The Lacuna, described by London's Bookseller as "the first novel by The Poisonwood Bible author Barbara Kingsolver in nearly 10 years," is set for a November 2009 worldwide release.Kingsolver Poisonwood Bible.jpg

A zoology major at DePauw, Kingsolver's most recent book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, received an award from the James Beard Foundation as well as a gold Nautilus Book Award and the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance's Book Award for Non-Fiction. It was also listed among the ten best nonfiction books of 2007 by TIME magazine.

Translated into nineteen languages, her work has won a devoted worldwide readership and many awards, including the National Humanities Medal.

In 1994, Barbara Kingsolver delivered the commencement address at DePauw, and was also awarded an honorary degree during the ceremony. A summary of her speech -- including an MP3 of the complete address, which was titled "As Little Advice as Possible" -- can be found in this previous story.

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