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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
BARBARA KINGSOLVER

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver
543 reviews (2007) (384p)
ALA Notable Books - Nonfiction Finalist

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Book Description

Bestselling author Barbara Kingsolver returns with her first nonfiction narrative that will open your eyes in a hundred new ways to an old truth: You are what you eat.

"As the U.S. population made an unprecedented mad dash for the Sun Belt, one carload of us paddled against the tide, heading for the Promised Land where water falls from the sky and green stuff grows all around. We were about to begin the adventure of realigning our lives with our food chain.

"Naturally, our first stop was to buy junk food and fossil fuel. . . ."

Hang on for the ride: With characteristic poetry and pluck, Barbara Kingsolver and her family sweep readers along on their journey away from the industrial-food pipeline to a rural life in which they vow to buy only food raised in their own neighborhood, grow it themselves, or learn to live without it. Their good-humored search yields surprising discoveries about turkey sex life and overly zealous zucchini plants, en route to a food culture that's better for the neighborhood and also better on the table. Part memoir, part journalistic investigation, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle makes a passionate case for putting the kitchen back at the center of family life and diversified farms at the center of the American diet.

"This is the story of a year in which we made every attempt to feed ourselves animals and vegetables whose provenance we really knew . . . and of how our family was changed by our first year of deliberately eating food produced from the same place where we worked, went to school, loved our neighbors, drank the water, and breathed the air."


Other Award Winning Books by Barbara Kingsolver
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
1167 reviews (2012) (448p) (Amazon Top100) (Hudson Fiction) (NYT100)
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The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
397 reviews (2009) (528p) (PF)
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The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
2462 reviews (1998) (672p) (PP) (PF) (NYTimes)
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Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver
190 reviews (1993) (352p) (LATimes)
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Barbara Kingsolver Award Stats
Major Prize* Nominations 4  
Unique Books Nominated for a Major Prize* 3  
Pulitzer Prize Wins 0  
Pulitzer Prize Nominations 1 The Poisonwood Bible ·  
National Book Critics Circle Award Wins 0  
National Book Critics Circle Award Nominations 0  
National Book Award Wins 0  
National Book Award Nominations 0  
Man Booker Prize Wins 0  
Man Booker Prize Nominations 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Wins 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Nominations 2 The Poisonwood Bible · The Lacuna ·  

*Major Prize = Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, National Book Award, Man Booker Prize, and PEN/Faulkner Award

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