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The Bean Trees By Barbara Kingsolver The Bean Trees Clear eyed and spirited Taylor Greer grew up poor in rural Kentucky with the goals of avoiding pregnancy and getting away But when she heads west with high hopes and a barely functional car she meet

  • Title: The Bean Trees
  • Author: Barbara Kingsolver
  • ISBN: 9780812474947
  • Page: 199
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Bean Trees By Barbara Kingsolver Clear eyed and spirited, Taylor Greer grew up poor in rural Kentucky with the goals of avoiding pregnancy and getting away But when she heads west with high hopes and a barely functional car, she meets the human condition head on By the time Taylor arrives in Tucson, Arizona, she has acquired a completely unexpected child, a three year old American Indian girl named TurtClear eyed and spirited, Taylor Greer grew up poor in rural Kentucky with the goals of avoiding pregnancy and getting away But when she heads west with high hopes and a barely functional car, she meets the human condition head on By the time Taylor arrives in Tucson, Arizona, she has acquired a completely unexpected child, a three year old American Indian girl named Turtle, and must somehow come to terms with both motherhood and the necessity for putting down roots Hers is a story about love and friendship, abandonment and belonging, and the discovery of surprising resources in apparently empty places.
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    1. Barbara Kingsolver

      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 received numerous awards, including the UK s Orange Prize for Fiction 2010, for The Lacuna and the National Humanities Medal She has been nominated for the PEN Faulkner Award and the Pulitzer Prize.In 2000, Kingsolver established the Bellwether Prize to support literature of social change Kingsolver was born in Annapolis, Maryland in 1955 and grew up in Carlisle in rural Kentucky When Kingsolver was seven years old, her father, a physician, took the family to the former Republic of Congo in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo Her parents worked in a public health capacity, and the family lived without electricity or running water.After graduating from high school, Kingsolver attended DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana on a music scholarship, studying classical piano Eventually, however, she changed her major to biology when she realized that classical pianists compete for six job openings a year, and the rest of them get to play Blue Moon in a hotel lobby She was involved in activism on her campus, and took part in protests against the Vietnam war She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1977, and moved to France for a year before settling in Tucson, Arizona, where she would live for much of the next two decades In 1980 she enrolled in graduate school at the University of Arizona, where she earned a Master s degree in ecology and evolutionary biology.Kingsolver began her full time writing career in the mid 1980s as a science writer for the university, which eventually lead to some freelance feature writing She began her career in fiction writing after winning a short story contest in a local Phoenix newspaper In 1985 she married Joseph Hoffmann their daughter Camille was born in 1987 She moved with her daughter to Tenerife in the Canary Islands for a year during the first Gulf war, mostly due to frustration over America s military involvement After returning to the US in 1992, she separated from her husband.In 1994, Kingsolver was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from her alma mater, DePauw University She was also married to Steven Hopp, that year, and their daughter, Lily, was born in 1996 In 2004, Kingsolver moved with her family to a farm in Washington County, Virginia, where they currently reside In 2008, she received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Duke University, where she delivered a commencement address entitled How to be Hopeful.In a 2010 interview with The Guardian, Kingsolver says, I never wanted to be famous, and still don t, the universe rewarded me with what I dreaded most She says created her own website just to compete with a plethora of fake ones, as a defence to protect my family from misinformation abhors a vacuum If you don t define yourself, it will get done for you in colourful ways.

    834 thoughts on “The Bean Trees”

    1. My stepmother was the type of woman who painted the walls in our house eighteen different colors and wore turquoise encrusted Kokopelli jewelry to show how in tune she was with the local culture She hung Frida Khalo prints on the bedroom walls and thought that speaking Food Spanish to waiters made her nearly fluent She also compelled my sister and me to read a lot of Tony Hillerman paperbacks and other local literature, which I am now almost positive included The Bean Trees Because after reading [...]


    2. Marietta Greer has just completed two miracles of her rural Kentucky upbringing graduating high school and avoiding pregnancy To celebrate, she jumps in her 55 Volkswagen bug and rides West, leaving her job at a Kentucky hospital counting platelets to stay true to her plan to drive out of Pittman County one day and never look back 11 On the road, she changes her name to Taylor and finds herself in Tucson, Arizona with a broken down car and a Cherokee baby in her arms.Taylor is an honest, straigh [...]


    3. I quite liked this, though it s obvious that this was Kingsolver s first novel The main character, Taylor, is unevenly developed she s too mutable, changing to fit what Kingsolver wants to say or how she wants to say it at various points in the book and many of the other characters are types, not people, however finely observed The plotline involving the refugees from Guatemala in particular was a little too anvilicious And while it s set very definitely in the American South, the novel didn t s [...]


    4. I have to admit, this book really did a number on me It was recommended to me from a friend, so my expectations were high, but after the first few chapters I was was not getting into it The narrator s first person voice was simple, non descriptive, and frankly just a bit too naive to handle for an entire novel But the story was interesting, so I kept going.And the thing is, so does Taylor, the main character As she charges her way through a haphazard journey to the Southwest, she begins to grow [...]


    5. A girl gets out of her small town, after high school, to start a new life only to be saddled with a random child that was placed in her car Her life is suddenly taking turns she did not expect.


    6. When I first read this book several years ago, I was terribly impressed by 1 her writing style, which I really like I wish I could write like that2 the interesting plot of a single girl who had avoided teenage pregnancy through her young life only to end up with someone else s baby3 the relationship she has with her mother, who believes her daughter hung the moon in the sky and can absolutely do no wrong I think it would be wonderful if my daughters came out of their childhoods not pregnant, and [...]


    7. But nothing on this earth is guaranteed, when you get right down to it, you know I ve been thinking about that About how your kids aren t really YOURS, they re just these people that you try to keep an eye on, and hope you ll all grow up someday to like eachother and still be in one piece What I mean is, everything you get is really just on loan Does that make sense Sure, I said Like library books Sooner or later they ve all got to go back into the nightdrop I m trying to get better about listen [...]


    8. I love Barbara Kingsolver, but I can t believe this book was ever published 1988 must have been a slow book year I am being generous with the two stars, and I am only giving it that because there were a number of sections which showcased the excellent writer she would go on to become with experience The characters are all so flat and undeveloped Taylor makes no sense and was not likable I never felt that she bonded with Turtle, always saw her as a burden then suddenly at the end, when she was th [...]


    9. So many things about this book bugged me.1 Someone abandons a baby in your car and you don t get ahold of the police.2 Someone abandons a baby, in your broken down car, you don t have a home or money or a destination in mind, so you decide to adopt baby.3 You decide to adopt baby, but you spent the next several years being so bewildered by motherhood that you might as well have left baby in the car to be raised by coyotes.4 Americans in general are directly responsible for the torture of innocen [...]


    10. I really liked this book Even than Poisonwood Bible which was good in a different way This book reminds me of Where the Heart Is It s a quick read I think you ll like it.


    11. This is a character driven novel and if you don t like the characters, I advise you to set it down, walk away, and read something else If, however, you are willing to spend a while getting to know the two young women featured, I think you will enjoy The Bean Trees This is not an action novel it s an exploration of the lives of two young women from disadvantaged homes and how they sort out their lives Who can t appreciate the desire to get out of Dodge after graduation and see what else the world [...]


    12. Barbara Kingsolver is an author I am terrified to revisit Many years ago I read The Poisonwood Bible and I loved it It was a hard read It challenged me in so many ways, but it was epic and beautiful Then, I read The Lacuna Again the storytelling was magical, and with characters such as Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Leon Trotsky so many real lives to carry you along So I have always been hesitant, although eager, to pick up her other works I had this one and I thought, if her first novel sucks I can [...]


    13. The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver is the older twin of a book I read a year ago called Pigs in Heaven As the first book of the duo, it chronicles the flight of Taylor Greer from a small, hick lifestyle to a freer life she didn t expect Basically, Taylor s managed to be educated and not get pregnant when she finally takes her car across the country But one night in a bar, a mysterious Indian woman gives her a young girl Suddenly, Taylor finds that she s a single mother with no prospects What s [...]


    14. I ve been dipping into Flight Behavior at the same time as I ve read The Bean Trees, and it s immediately apparent just how far Kingsolver s writing has developed in the years since she wrote this, her first novel.Her two main female characters are young, uncertain of where they belong in the world, and slowly forge a close friendship, each facing up to difficult circumstances, both poor, both find they can d0 things they didn t think they could because they have built friendships.The plot is sh [...]


    15. This story was just a ton of fun I whipped through it very quickly Nice flow, and at times hilarious, especially in the first half of the book or so The Southern expressions cracked me up, and I love the way she poked fun at the 80s New Age culture.The style is somewhat similar to Elizabeth Berg, but without so much heavy sentiment That s not a criticism of Berg I like her books a lot, too I thought I hated this author because of Poisonwood Bible I m delighted to find out she can tell a great st [...]


    16. ok this sucks boring terrible writing overly schmaltzy i give up i give up on barbara kingsolver i LOVED the poisonwood bible one of my favorites i abhorred animal, vegetable, miracle i am one of those people that HAS to finish every book i start, but I couldn t get past page 150 i was hoping that it was just her attempt at nonfiction that failed, but now i can t get page 150 of this either i m starting to think the poisonwood bible was a fluke no barbara for me no 2 stars because it s gotten [...]


    17. Barbara Kingsolver I now seem to have a love hate relationship with this writer My first attempt of reading her work was The Poisonwood Bible I didn t like it all Stopped reading a little after half way For the longest I avoided her books until a good friend whose judgment I trust persuaded me to read this novel The Bean Trees I am so happy now that I have read this book Kingsolver tells a wonderful story about love About the love a person feels for friends, family and children even when the chi [...]


    18. In this delightful first novel by Kingsolver, she already has her skills working on all cylinders The tale portrays a journey of a young woman, Taylor, to escape from a restricted life in a small town in Kentucky Along the way, an abused 3 year old Cherokee girl is abandoned in her car in Oklahoma, whom she names Turtle, and incorporates into her life at the point her car falls apart in Tuscon, Arizona With a relatively simple plot and a few characters, she captures well how even poor, uneducate [...]


    19. The Bean Trees is an oddly entertaining and endearing little book At first I was not sure I could stomach a book that read like a cross between Garrison Keillor s A Prairie Home Companion and something written by Erma Bombeck but the I read the invested I became in this quirky little gem.Under the humour and one liners generated by store names like Jesus Is Lord Used Tires, there are themes of separation and loss and finding a family of choice when circumstances prohibit going home again.I m g [...]


    20. This Book was pleasantThings i like 1.Female relationships, very strong i know Taylor wouldn t have made it without them I love the relationship between Taylor and Turtle This book is filled with motherly love.2 Struggles Very realistic for her time struggles The book was truthful and lovable The struggles were difficult because Taylor was dealing with something that she really wanted to avoid which is having a child Taylor was always running away from every teenage girls practical fate and it w [...]


    21. A poignant tale of a young woman from straitened circumstances trying to find her foothold in the world She leaves her homeplace, Arizona and ventures further out into the desert terrain On the way, she acquires an abused Indian baby, whom she is forced to take care of She settles in a small town in a friendly neighborhood, and develops many new friendships.Rather than the story line, I was enraptured by the descriptions and character sketching.I place this with honors into My kind of Books shel [...]


    22. This is a well written novel with a resilient protagonist, beautifully drawn characters and an inspiring theme of relationships, growth and compassion It was interesting to me to see this author s progress from this early novel to The Poisonwood Bible, published a few books later, and which is superbly written In my zeal, I also started Kingsolver s early Animal Dreams, which is thematically somewhat similar but of a love story, which holds no particular interest for me, but her style is strong [...]


    23. A decent choice for a quick, well written novel to pass a long airplane ride Although full of confrontations with hard issues like immigration, violence, injustice single motherhood, these themes weren t given than an passing once over Although easy to fall into and even enjoy, the critical edge and depth that made Poisonwood Bible one of my all time favorite books was absolutely missing here.


    24. Heartwarming And much of it took place in my home town, Tucson, which added another layer of enjoyment But most of all I loved the message of the bean trees and the underlying goodness of people.


    25. For a large part of this book I had a horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach I hate reading about child abuse neglect human right s abuse Etc But, I was feeling a lot better towards the end The actual ending of the book was a bit disappointing, though Steven and Hope were leading such horrible lives and I had hopes Taylor would give them Turtle Hopes that the Cherokee Nation would give refuge to Steven, Hope and Turtle The End Happily Ever After The scene in the adoption office was heartbreak [...]


    26. on this earth s guaranteed, when you get right down to it, you know I ve been thinking about that About how your kids aren t really yours, they re just these people that you try to keep an eye on, and hope you ll all grow up someday to like each other and still be in one piece What I mean is, everything you ever get is really just on loan Does that make sense I read this book on Thanksgiving morning when three of my kids were in other states, and one was out with friends , and so it rang a parti [...]


    27. I just finished reading this book for the second time I think I did like it better ten years ago when I taught it to my sopho English class That is probably because we did activities with the book along the way, and we were able to discuss the book in detail.Although I think the book is a slow read and it takes a LONG time to get into it, there are some good themes to think about I do like the ending because it s hopeful and you can see a lot of growth in the characters by the end The best part [...]


    28. I m a big Kingsolver fan, and this is a great story probably mostly because it s so original You re not quite sure how to make out the main character for some time, but Kingsolver has a wonderful ironic way of writing that is highly entertaining Coupled with the originality, it makes for a great read


    29. Funny, charming, cute as a bug in a rug who would appreciate that mangled expression Taylor, Turtle, or Estevan , but ultimately, it didn t pack much of a heavyweight punch I do know if I ever get a kid, the miracle of Turtle is how I want it to happen.


    30. The night blooming Cereus only blooms once a year in the evening and dies the following day The Bean Trees is Barbara Kingsolver debut novel She later went on to write the widely acclaimed The Poisonwood Bible The Bean Trees is a beautiful book, like the flower above The setting in the desert of Arizona, the honest friendships among women, the constant imagery of birds that reflect the storyline, the kindness, hope and drive that are found in the midst of despair and darkness I will be thinking [...]


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