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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life (Paperback)

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Subtitled "A Year of Food Life", this delightful memoir is a mixture of scientific facts, delicious cooking tips, and an authentic description of a family's farm life today--in the 21st Century. Barbara Kingsolver, a gifted storyteller, her husband Steven L. Hopp, a scientist, and a college-age daughter, share the authorship of this book. It is an account of their family's resolve to spend one year eating only what they and their near neighbors could harvest---nothing from the super markets, which all year long have citrus from California, bananas from South America, veggies from Florida. Making such a decision was momentous, but being able to succeed at such a project was....well, a miracle! Little daughter Lucy is not one of the authors of this book, but her hands are photographed for the front cover---holding beautiful Christmas lima beans. And her chick-raising project will delight your soul. In addition to a fascinating reading adventure, we are given much "food for thought" about our own eating habits.

— Margaret, Pittsburgh

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“Barbara Kingsolver's account of buying only food raised in her own neighborhood speaks to us all about the urgency of living on, and in, our respective communities.”
— Betsy Goree, The Book Shelf, Tryon, NC


Author Barbara Kingsolver and her family abandoned the industrial-food pipeline to live a rural life--vowing that, for one year, they'd only buy food raised in their own neighborhood, grow it themselves, or learn to live without it. Part memoir, part journalistic investigation, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is an enthralling narrative that will open your eyes in a hundred new ways to an old truth: You are what you eat.

Praise For…

“Charming, zestful, funny and poetic…a serious book about important problems.”
-Washington Post Book World

“Charming . . . Literary magic . . . If you love the narrative voice of Barbara Kingsolver, you will be thrilled.”
-Houston Chronicle

“ANIMAL, VEGETABLE, MIRACLE makes an important contribution to the chorus of voices calling for change.””
-Chicago Tribune

“If book this summer, make it this one...As satisfying and complete as a down home supper.”
-Tucson Citizen

“Engaging…Absorbing…Lovely food writing…[Kingsolver] succeeds at adopting the warm tone of a confiding friend.”
-Corby Kummer, New York Times Book Review

“A lovely book. ”
-Los Angeles Times

“[Written] with passion and hope…This novelist paints a compelling big picture-broad and ambitious, with nary an extraneous stroke.”
-Rocky Mountain News

“Homespun, unassuming, informed, positive, inspiring. . . . Unstinting in its concerns about this imperiled planet.”
-Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“A profound, graceful, and literary work . . . Timeless. . . . It can change who you are.”
-Rick Bass, Boston Globe

“Classy and disarming, substantive and entertaining, earnest and funny....Kingsolver takes the genre to a new literary level.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Kingsolver elegantly chronicles a year of back-to-the-land living…Readers...will take heart and inspiration here.”
-Kirkus Reviews

“Kingsolver beautifully describes this experience.”
-More Magazine

“Kingsolver dresses down the American food complex…These down-on-the-farm sections are inspiring and…compelling.”
-Outside magazine

“Faithful, funny, and thought-provoking...Readers-whether vegetarian or carnivore-will not go hungry, literally or literarily.”

“Equal parts folk wisdom and political activism . . . This family effort instructs as much as it entertains.”
-St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Full…of zest and sometimes ribald humor… Reading this book will make you hungry.”
-Raleigh News & Observer

“Lessons learned in sustainability are worth feasting on-and taking to heart.”

“Every bit as transporting as-and more ecologically relevant than-any “Year In Provence”-style escapism...Earthy...informative....[and] englightened.”
-Washington Post

“Provocative . . . Kingsolver . . . evokes the sheer joy of producing one’s own food.”

“An impassioned, sensual, smart and witty narrative…Kinsolver is a master at leavening a serious message with humor.”
-St. Petersburg Times

“Wry, insightful and inspiring to anyone who yearns to work with the earth.”
-Chicago Tribune (on the audiobook)

“Kingsolver…adds enough texture and zest to stir wistful yearnings in all of us...[A] vicarious taste of domesticity.”
-Christian Science Monitor

“A terrific effort. The delight for readers…is the chance to experience the rediscovery of community through food.”
-The Oregonian (Portland)

“Kingsolver, who writes evocatively about our connection to place, does so here with characteristic glowing prose. She provides the rapture.”
-Miami Herald

“If you’re interested in learning more about healthful eating, you’ll want to read…ANIMAL, VEGETABLE, MIRACLE.”
-Charlotte Observer

“Loaded with terrific information about everything from growth hormones to farm subsidies.”
-Entertainment Weekly

“Kingsolver carries us along in her distinct and breezy prose.”
-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“I defy anyone to read this book and walk away from it without gaining at least the desire to change.”

“Charming...and persuasive...Each season-and chapter-unfolds with a natural rhythm and mouth-watering appeal.”
-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“Anyone who read and appreciated THE OMNIVORE’S DILEMMA by Michael Pollan will want to read Barbara Kingsolver’s book.”
-Roanoke Times

“[This] is a book that, without being preachy, makes a solid case for eating locally instead of globally.”
-Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Highly digestible…Engaging.”
-Ellen Goodman, Boston Globe

“Other notable writers have addressed this topic, but Kingsolver claims it as her own....Self-deprecating instead of self-righteous.”
-Charlotte Observer

“Delectable . . . steeped in elegant prose and seasoned with smart morsels about the food industry.”
-Chicago Tribune

“[Kingsolver is] a master storyteller, and even those who’ve heard this tale before will be captivated.”
-Daily News

“ANIMAL, VEGETABLE, MIRACLE is a chronicle of food feats…I’m inclined to agree with most points Kingsolver makes.”
-Chicago Sun-Times

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060852566
ISBN-10: 0060852569
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: April 29th, 2008
Pages: 370
Language: English
Series: P.S.