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Work by Barbara Kingsolver '77 Among '100 Books to Read in a Lifetime'

March 9, 2014

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, a 1977 graduate of DePauw University, is among Amazon.com's "100 Books to Read in a Lifetime."

Parade magazine lists 20 of the entries, and notes, "Barbara Kingsolver takes on sin and redemption in this powerful novel about a family of Baptist missionaries in the Belgian Congo."

Other books on the list include The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, and Macbeth by William Shakespeare.

Access the article here; all 100 entries can be found at Amazon.

Kingsolver, who majored in zoology (biological science) at DePauw, had her first novel, The Bean Trees, published by HarperCollins in 1988. Her other books include Animal Dreams; Pigs in Heaven; Small Wonder; The Lacuna; Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life; and The Bean Trees. She received the National Humanities Medal in 2000 and the 2010 Orange Prize. Flight Behavior was on the shortlist for the 2013 Women's Prize and was a finalist for the Barbara Kingsolver 010saz2013 Orion Book Award.

As an undergraduate at DePauw, "I found myself surrounded by peers who loved the same things that I did, people who loved ideas and books," Kingsolver told PBS. "I started reading purposefully things that I thought would teach me about the world."

In 1994, Barbara Kingsolver delivered the commencement address at DePauw, and was also awarded an honorary degree during the ceremony. Video of the speech is embedded below.

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