High Tide in Tucson With the eyes of a scientist and the vision of a poet Barbara Kingsolver explores her trademark themes of family community and the natural world Defiant funny and courageously honest High Tide in

  • Title: High Tide in Tucson
  • Author: Barbara Kingsolver
  • ISBN: 9780571179503
  • Page: 430
  • Format: Paperback
  • With the eyes of a scientist and the vision of a poet, Barbara Kingsolver explores her trademark themes of family, community and the natural world Defiant, funny and courageously honest, High Tide in Tucson is an engaging and immensely readable collection from one of the most original voices in contemporary literature Possessed of an extravagantly gifted narrative voice,With the eyes of a scientist and the vision of a poet, Barbara Kingsolver explores her trademark themes of family, community and the natural world Defiant, funny and courageously honest, High Tide in Tucson is an engaging and immensely readable collection from one of the most original voices in contemporary literature Possessed of an extravagantly gifted narrative voice, Kingsolver blends a fierce and abiding moral vision with benevolent and concise humour Her medicine is meant for the head, the heart, and the soul New York Times Book Review

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    1. I try not to do this often, but in this case, the New York Times Book Review review on the back of my paperback edition, really says everything about these 25 essays by Barbara Kingsolver that you need to know:Kingsolver's essays should be savored like quiet afternoons with a friend. She speaks in a language rich with music and replete with good sense."Couldn't have said it better myself.An enormously honest and personal collection of essays. If you like any of Kingsolver's books, I'm sure you w [...]

    2. I read this collection of essays years ago, and remember how thought provoking I found them. Barbara Kingsolver is, of course an excellent writer; her fiction is beautiful. The great thing about High Tide in Tuscon is actually getting a glimpse of what's inside this writer's head - the everyday things as well as the grand. It's a pretty well rounded combination of essays that come across simply as "this is what I think now" or "this is what I've been thinking about lately" - in Kingsolver's voic [...]

    3. This is the first of Kingsolver's books that I read, and it's still my favorite, albeit that it's a collection of non-fiction essays. Maybe part of the reason is that I was also living in Tucson when I read it, so the things she had to say about life in that part of Arizona resonated with me. Beyond that, though, I just love the way she uses words - she writes lyrically.

    4. I really enjoyed this book. Like "Small Wonder" it was a book of essays, but less militantly environmental. My favorite of the essays was "Jabberwocky" where she discusses art as politics. As in her other books her use of language is phenomenal and the book provided excellent thoughts and quotes. I would definitely recommend this book.

    5. This book of essays was perfect for our monthly library genre circle and it was a perfect match for me. Kingsolver covered all areas in which I have a great interest in; parenting, human rights, environment, and nature. Every story spoke to me, the words flowed so smoothly and with such great detail. I truly enjoyed this book and am looking forward to trying other Kingsolver works.

    6. I read Prodigal Summer (last year, I think it was) and enjoyed it enormously. I really like the way Kingsolver uses words. So when another of her books was on offer (through Reading Seals, my book discussion group, just to borrow) I grabbed it. This book is a collection of essays. She took pieces she’d written for magazines and revised them, wrote a few more, and put them together in chapters ordered to be read as a book (i.e. front to back – acknowledging that some people don’t read books [...]

    7. It's been a while since I read these essays, and it's time for me to read them again. I remember, when I first read this book, it was on a horrible trip back to Cork, from San Francisco. My father was in hospital, having suffered some kind of major neurological setback, one of many on the long decline to his death in late 2002. Things were fairly touch and go, and there was a lot of waiting in hospital corridors. I was enormously grateful for the sanity and calm of Kingsolver's writing - this bo [...]

    8. I stole this from my mother-in-law about a year ago. Now I can finally give it back, but it's one of those that I liked so much that I'd rather just keep it. I haven't read anything by Kingsolver before so I have no idea how this compares to her other work, but it's a collection of shortish essays. Some are pretty funny, most are poignant, and all made me long for her writer's life. Time to get on that.

    9. From the title essay: Embrace your own biology. Don't beat yourself up for acting like the human animal that you are.The rest of the essays: I laughed out loud more times than I can say, and I felt more connected to humanity as I read them. This is a book I go back to and re-read over and over because of that. I don't always agree with everything she says, but the essays always make me think and evaluate my own beliefs, biases, prejudices, actions.

    10. I love love love Kingsolver, and I think I love this collection of nonfiction essays even better than any of her fiction. It's written in the style of Annie Dillard, as a layperson who is interested in observation of the natural world and then exploration of underlying scientific principles. It's a beautifully written book and I reread it every several years.

    11. The book is a collection of essays on various autobiographical topics. It is a little bit of Thoreau, though less dense, and a little bit more of Dillard, but more straightforward.Kingsolver celebrates our animal nature. She refers to the “silly egghead of a species that we are” and goes on to say that “We tap our toes to chaste love songs about the silvery moon without recognizing them as hymns to copulation. We can dress up our drives, put them in three-piece suits or ballet slippers, bu [...]

    12. In this collection of essays, rewritten and expanded versions, in many cases, from what has been previously published in various magazines, Kingsolver's skill and talent as an essayist shimmers with brilliance and sheer entertainment. Topics have wide range, covering nature, art, values and ethics, human nature and its foibles, politics and travels. Whether she is pondering the biological clocks of hermit crabs or espousing her views on violence and objectification of women on the silver screen, [...]

    13. Barbara Kingsolver was one of a few novelists I fell head-over-heels in love with as a pre-teen; that is, an AUTHOR I vowed to follow, instead of a book or series. At this point it feels, as I'm sure it does for many of her fans, like I know her. That's part of her appeal, of course, and she cultivates her personability well and visibly. In coming to this collection of essays, released almost twenty years ago, I see her writer-wheels turning more visibly than ever. (Essays are really good for th [...]

    14. I don't give many 5 stars but this book was really great. Barbara Kinsolver put together a bunch of her essays from various magazine and paper publications to create a book in which one really feels connected to the author. Kingsolver is known for her fiction works and she even discusses how many of her fans write to her thinking that they are based on truths even though they aren't. What this book allows for those fans is a real glimpse into her life and her thoughts on things from raising a he [...]

    15. This was a lovely little collection that describes Kingsolver's early life and rocky adult path. It's realistic and she never sugarcoats or apologizes for her success as a writer, which is something I really enjoy since so many women writers are often bashful or shy about their abilities. Kingsolver owns them, and her flaws, and shows that it's okay to have both. I love her for this, and for her frankness about her divorce, her financial struggles and her ability to push on despite them.

    16. You know how when you have a really great dessert, sometimes you have to stop between bites to just swirl the taste around in your mouth? No joke; that's what Barbara Kingsolver's writing is like. Sometimes I would put the book down and repeat, out loud, one of her sentences. She's a master at throwing words together. So good, that I sometimes felt I couldn't digest all the beauty on the page.Despite the unparalleled writing - "Civil Disobedience at Breakfast" is the best piece on having childre [...]

    17. This was a fun read - it is interesting to see a personal side of someone you have only read in novels. The book is kind of 'old' now, and the references almost quaint (like how much time the media was spending on OJ Simpson and Tonya Harding), but it's shocking how applicable these observations still are to current times. There is definitely some timeless wisdom in here. I especially liked this:"A novel works its magic by putting a reader inside another person's life. The pace is as slow as lif [...]

    18. Well, I love this author to begin with and she writes this collection of essays with such insight, humor and, surprisingly to me, scientific details. One of her majors in college was biology, as well as classical piano and literature. Observations about family and America and how to live with humor and grace roll out of her mind and onto the page. The best thing is you don't have to read every one of the essays if you happen not to like or agree with the topic. But her writing is the best. She a [...]

    19. This was the my first introduction to non-fiction essay reading and it's been a tough comparison for all subsequent books since then. I have always loved Kingsolver's fiction, feeling like she was able to express character and imagery in such a way that I could actually hear, see, smell, touch, and taste it. This collection of essays was that exact same experience of being present with her in the moment. It probably helps that her idealogies resonant so well with my own - she can just express it [...]

    20. This book of essays by Barbara Kingsolver is one of those wonderful books that you want to hang on to just in case you need some special inspiration or direction some day when you feel particularly challenged Topics have a wide range, covering nature, art, values and ethics, human nature, politics and travels. She ponders the challenges of a two year old, the life of a hermit crab, and book tours and band tours. Kingsolver gives her views on violence in movies and novels that was very intersting [...]

    21. A collection of essays by biologist-turned-writer Barbara Kingsolver on a wide variety of subjects: some political, some about children and raising them, some about the lessons we can learn from the natural world and other cultures and points of view. There are stories about her treks through foreign lands like West Africa or the floor of the Haleakala volcano, and about writing itself. I think I enjoyed her style even more than the substance. There is a lot to learn here about the imaginative u [...]

    22. Love this book of essays. She has a wonderful way with language and descriptive phrases that make me smile, like "I was stomping through life in my seven-league boots, entirely unaware of how my life was about to snag on a doorframe, sending me staggering backward, " These essays about life, being a writer, a child, a mother, a woman, a human observing nature, a white person visiting Native American lands, really made me think and consider. I want to re-read them in a little while.

    23. I liked Kingsolver's fiction so much that I decided to venture into her nonfiction, too, and have been hooked on the personal essay ever since. Here's a collection of essays that are rooted in observation of the everyday life around her that explore topics sometimes at broader levels (as in cultural, societal, and political traits across the country) and sometimes at more specific, detailed levels (as in the essays that go back to her roots in biology).

    24. I keep trying to like Kingsolver. So many people that I like and respect thing so highly of her. So I listened to this as an audiobook, hoping that her speaking voice would endear her to me. While some of her essays had some poignant parts, I found her even more self absorbed than I did before. I fear that I have grown accustomed to really disliking her overly flowery style. Sorry. I tried. That said, her essay about how American's really seem to hate children was spot on.

    25. What a talented women Kingsolver is! Her writing in this book is moving and thought-provoking. So many different topics are covered by this collection of essays: child-rearing, environment, culture, nature, family, politics. Several essays contained passages or lines I want to keep to read again and again--very inspiring.

    26. Excellent, excellent book of essays. Ranging from detailed observations of hermit crab behavior, conservation, politics, writing, family, and more. Barbara is a very well educated scientist and writer, and brings insightful observations to both. She's also very well-read, and researches her points thoroughly. I really enjoyed re-reading this book, and would recommend it to everyone.

    27. What a great title. I love her voice and her sensibilities and her musings. Her fiction titles are good but not as enjoyable, somehow, as her essays. ( the something-wood Diaries about a missionary family and Prodigal Summer)Collection of essays

    28. This author takes you into her own private, everyday world. I loved her essays on the natural world, Thoreau, the museum of nuclear silos, her temporary exile in the Canary islands. She makes all that catches her interest seem sharp and fresh. Now I want to reread her novesl.

    29. i was living in tucson when i discovered barbara kingsolver. in truth, while i enjoyed the bean trees (and animal dreams even more), it's her nonfiction writing that i remember most. she is a comforting writer, and now a touchstone to that time in my life.

    30. she's just a genius with nature and wildlife descriptions and taking corollaries from the natural world and applying them to human thought and behavior. and she's really funny!

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