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Barbara Kingsolver Books In Order

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Publication Order of Greer Family Books

The Bean Trees (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pigs in Heaven (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Animal Dreams (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Poisonwood Bible (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Prodigal Summer (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lacuna (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Flight Behavior (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Unsheltered (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Demon Copperhead (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Another America/Otra America (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
How to Fly (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

High Tide in Tucson: Essays from Now or Never (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Holding the Line: Women in the Great Arizona Mine Strike of 1983 (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Small Wonder: Essays (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Last Stand: America's Virgin Lands (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: Our Year of Season Eating (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Faber Stories Books

A Good Man Is Hard To Find (By: Flannery O'Connor) (1955)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Inner Room (By: Robert Aickman) (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Daughters of Passion (By: Julia O'Faolain) (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Giacomo Joyce (By: Richard Ellmann) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Homeland (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shanti (By: Vikram Chandra) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sonny Liston Was a Friend of Mine (By: Thom Jones) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Elegy for Easterly (By: Petina Gappah) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Shielding of Mrs Forbes (By: Alan Bennett) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cheater's Guide to Love (By: Junot Díaz) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mrs Fox (By: Sarah Hall) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mostly Hero (By: Anna Burns) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mr Salary (By: Sally Rooney) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Come Rain or Come Shine (By: Kazuo Ishiguro) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Victim (By: P.D. James) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dante and the Lobster (By: Samuel Beckett) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Paradise (By: Edna O'Brien) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cosmopolitan (By: Akhil Sharma) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lydia Steptoe Stories (By: Djuna Barnes) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mary Ventura and The Ninth Kingdom (By: Sylvia Plath) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Terrific Mother (By: Lorrie Moore) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Country Funeral (By: John McGahern) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Forester's Daughter (By: Claire Keegan) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Three Types of Solitude (By: Brian W. Aldiss) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
A River in Egypt (By: David Means) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fairy Tales (By: Marianne Moore) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ghostly Stories (By: Celia Fremlin) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Intruders (By: Adrian Tomine) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Children's Books

Coyote's Wild Home (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Mid-life Confidential(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Eloquent Essay(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Writers on Writing(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Short Stories 2001(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sisters(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hope Beneath Our Feet(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
To Eat with Grace(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Way More than Luck(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Plough Quarterly No. 4: Earth(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Letters to a Young Farmer(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Barbara Kingsolver is one of the noteworthy authors of America who has written a number of well known novels based on the subjects of feminism, social justice, and environmentalism. Apart from being a successful novelist, she is also a popular essayist and poet, and has written many literature & fiction novels, nonfiction and historical fiction works as well as poetry. Barbara has been raised in Kentucky during her growing years and has also spent some time in her early childhood in the Congo. She has obtained her academic degrees in biology from the University of Arizona and the DePauw University. Before going on to write novels on a full time basis, Barbara used to work as a freelance writer. Some of the widely popular works of author Barbara include Animal, Miracle, Vegetable, and The Poisonwood Bible, which is the story of a missionary family living in the Congo. Most of the literary work of her often focuses on the important topics such as biodiversity, social justice, and the interaction of the humans with their environments and the communities.

Each of the novels that author Barbara has published after the year 1993 has featured on the New York Times Bestseller list. Author Barbara has won a number of awards in her writing for her successful novels, including the Orange Prize, the Dayton Peace Prize, the National Humanities Medal, etc. She has also received nominations for the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award. In the year 2000, author Barbara introduced the Bellwether Prize in order to extend her support for the literature of social change. Barbara Kingsolver was born on April 08, 1955 in Annapolis, Maryland, United States. She spent most of the days of her youth on one of the alfalfa farms of her family located in eastern Kentucky. When she was seven years old, she was taken to the Democratic Republic of Congo along with her family by her father, who was a physician by profession. He was asked to work in the field of public health in the Congo. In the year 1973, Barbara joined the DePauw University, located in Indiana. She was actively involved in her campus in protesting against the wars going on in Vietnam. She obtained her bachelor’s degree and soon moved to Soissons in France. She lived there for a period of one year. Then in the year 1980, author Barbara enrolled herself in one of the graduate schools at the Arizona University and earned her master’s degree in the subjects of evolutionary biology and ecology.

Barbara used to write for the science journal of the university, which helped her to get a full time freelance feature work. The first novel written by author Barbara was published in the year 1988 under the title ‘The Bean Trees’. She says that she had completed the book while she was pregnant with her first child and struggling with severe insomnia. The success of the novel was followed by other books as well as short stories in her writing career. Many of the articles written by author Barbara have featured in a number of well known publications such as Smithsonian, The New York Times, and The Nation. In the year 1985, Barbara got married for the first time while working as a freelance writer in Arizona. Joseph Hoffman became her husband, with whom she Barbara has her first daughter named Camilie. She moved along with Camilie to Tenerife in the Canary Islands during the time of the first Gulf War. After returning home in the year 1992, Barbara separated from Joseph Hoffman. Then in the year 1994, she was awarded with an honorary doctorate and married for the second time to an ornithologist named Steven Hopp. Two years later, she gave birth to her second daughter named Lily. As of today, Barbara lives in Washington County on a farm located in southeastern Virginia, along with family.

One of the initial novels written by author Barbara Kingsolver was published under the title ‘Prodigal Summer’. It was released in the year 2000 by the Harper Perennial publishing house. The plot of the novel is set in Egg Fork, Zebulon County, Kentucky, United States, and revolves around the lives of the main characters named Deanna Wolfe, Lusa Maluf Landowski, Nannie Rawley, Eddie Bondo, and Garnett Walker. The novel depicts 3 stories of love by the humans living in the larger tapestry in the forested mountains of the southern Appalachians. In the opening sequence of the plot of the novel, Deanna Wolfe is introduced as a wildlife biologist. She is described as having a reclusive nature. Quite often, Deanna Wolfe watches the den of coyotes, who seems to have migrated into her region recently, from her outpost located in an isolated cabin on the mountain. She gets caught off-guard by one of the young hunters and even her most private spaces get invaded by him. The hunter also confounds the solitary and self-assured life of Deanna. On one of the other farms located a few miles down the mountain, Lusa Maluf Landowski is shown as a city girl turned a farmer’s wife. She is depicted as getting herself marooned unexpectedly in the strange place and is required to declare or lose her strong attachment to the farm that has now become a part of her life. In one of the other farms located further down the road, a couple of old neighbors are shown as tending their respective farms and wrangling about pesticides, God, a possible future which is unexpected by both of them. And during one humid summer, all the characters find a connection between each other. They also realize their relation with the flora and fauna of their shared place. In the end, the novel demonstrates a balance between the drama, narrative, and the ideas that are characteristic of the finest works of author Barbara.

One of the other initial novels written by author Barbara Kingsolver was titled ‘Small Wonder’. It was published by the Harper Perennial publishing house. This novel is written in the form of an essay collection and depicts one of the darker moments of history in the form of an extended love song of the wonderful world of the humans, as described by author Barbara Kingsolver. The plot of the novel shows that whether the author is contemplating her vegetable garden, genetic engineering, motherhood, the future of a nation built on better human impulses, or the Grand Canyon, one thing remains common in each of them. All of the essays are based on the belief of author Barbara that the largest problems faced by the humans are grown from the remotest corners of the earth and from the backyards of its own people. Also, the answers to all those problems lie in both these places. On the whole, the novel seems occasionally hilarious, ultimately persuasive, and sometimes very grave. It appears to be a hopeful examination of what we really are and what we can develop ourselves into in the times to come.

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One Response to “Barbara Kingsolver”

  1. Lynne Bacon-Applegate: 3 years ago

    Waiting patiently but expectantly for Ms Kingsolver’s most recent addition to her artistry. In the 30 years I’ve been reading her creations I’ve not only grown older, I feel I’ve grown with her. I can’t say that about any other author.


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