Barbara Kingsolver's ('77) Animal, Vegetable, Miracle Climbs Bestseller List

Barbara Kingsolver's ('77) Animal, Vegetable, Miracle Climbs Bestseller List

August 9, 2007

Barbara Kingsolver Food Life.jpgAugust 9, 2007, Greencastle, Ind. - Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life "has sold 120,000 copies since it was published in May, according to Nielsen Book-Scan, and word of mouth continues to drive sales: This coming Sunday, the book rises to no. 9 from no. 13 on the New York Times hardcover nonfiction list," reports the New York Sun. Kingsolver, a 1977 graduate of DePauw University, is cited in an article headlined, "The Year I Saved the World."

Kate Taylor writes, "Wondering what you can do about global warming? The literary world has an answer: Buy a book." She notes, "a number of authors have gone off the grid for a year, reducing their consumption and carbon footprint. They document the experiment, and then, in a slightly atavistic gesture, their publishers deliver it in traditional dead-tree form for you to consume. The trend includes Barbara Kingsolver's best-selling Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, in which the author's family pledged for a year to eat only food produced on its farm."Barbara Kingsolver Local 2007.jpg

Kingsolver tells the newspaper, "It's no longer an experiment. It's the way we live. We couldn't go back to eating jet-lagged food."

The Sun's Taylor cites several other recent books, and adds, "Editors and agents say the appeal of these books is their authors' humility and everymanness. The parameters of their projects -- individual and temporally limited -- suit an age that distrusts both ideological fervor and collective action."

Read the complete text online at the Sun.

Learn more about Barbara Kingsolver -- who delivered the commencement address at DePauw in 1994 and whose previous bestsellers include The Poisonwood Bible and Small Wonder -- in this previous story.