Barbara Kingsolver

in Annapolis, Maryland, The United States
April 08, 1955



Barbara Kingsolver is an American novelist, essayist, and poet. She was raised in rural Kentucky and lived briefly in Africa in her early childhood. Kingsolver earned degrees in Biology at DePauw University and the University of Arizona and worked as a freelance writer before she began writing novels. Her most famous works include The Poisonwood Bible, the tale of a missionary family in the Congo, and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, a non-fiction account of her family's attempts to eat locally.

Her work often focuses on topics such as social justice, biodiversity, and the interaction between humans and their communities and environments. Each of her books published since 1993 have been on The New York Times Best Seller list. Kingsolver has recei

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October 2018, Barbara Kingsolver
"What happens when you've done everything right, but you can't pay your bills?

That's one of the questions Barbara Kingsolver probes in her new novel, Unsheltered . Weaving between the present and the past, it follows two families in Vineland, New Jersey, living in different moments of cultural crisis." ...More

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“The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.”
Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams

“Don’t try to make life a mathematics problem with yourself in the center and everything coming out equal. When you’re good, bad things can still happen. And if you’re bad, you can still be lucky.”
Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible

“There is no point treating a depressed person as though she were just feeling sad, saying, 'There now, hang on, you'll get over it.' Sadness is more or less like a head cold- with patience, it passes. Depression is like cancer.”
Barbara Kingsolver, The Bean Trees


November 2014 New School Classics Poll

1911, Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie, 155 pages
  21 votes, 14.8%

1920, The Age of Innocence byEdith Wharton, 305 pages
  19 votes, 13.4%

  15 votes, 10.6%

1997, Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, 428 pages
  14 votes, 9.9%

  11 votes, 7.7%

1962, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle, 211 pages
  11 votes, 7.7%

  9 votes, 6.3%

  9 votes, 6.3%

1994, Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier, 449 pages
  7 votes, 4.9%

  7 votes, 4.9%

1956, Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin, 159 pages
  5 votes, 3.5%

1960, The Moviegoer by Walker Percy, 242 pages
  3 votes, 2.1%

  3 votes, 2.1%

1920, Main Street by Sinclair Lewis, 454 pages
  3 votes, 2.1%

  2 votes, 1.4%

  2 votes, 1.4%

  1 vote, 0.7%


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