Don’t you just love it when you find an author you really like? Sometimes it could be a bummer because they’ve only written one book. It would have been so lovely if Harper Lee [To Kill a Mockingbird] and Margaret Mitchell [Gone With the Wind] would have written more books. It is always wonderful to find authors you really like that have written a lot of books. Years ago I read a book called The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver. If you have never read one of her books I would highly recommend it. Here at the Orland Library we have nine titles by Ms. Kingsolver. The sequel to The Bean Trees is Pigs in Heaven. I just really enjoy the way she writes. She also wrote the much acclaimed book The Poisonwood Bible. Here is a sample of her style from The Bean Trees: I have been afraid of putting air in a tire ever since I saw a tractor tire blow up and throw Newt Hardbine’s father over the top of the Standard Oil sign. I’m not lying. He got stuck up there. About nineteen people congregated during the time it took for Norman Strick to walk up to the Courthouse and blow the whistle for the volunteer fire department. They eventually did come with the ladder and haul him down, and he wasn’t dead but lost his hearing and in many other ways was never the same afterward. They said he overfilled the tire. Newt Hardbine was not my friend, he was just one of the big boys who had failed every grade at least once and so was practically going on twenty in the sixth grade, sitting in the back and flicking little wads of chewed paper into my hair. But the day I saw his daddy up there like some old overalls slung over a fence, I had this feeling about what Newt’s whole life was going to amount to, and I felt sorry for him. Before that exact moment I don’t believe I had given much thought to the future.
Check her out, I think you will be pleased.
Posted by Estel.