"Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer." ~ Barbara Kingsolver
Barbara Kingsolver, born April 8, 1955, is an
American novelist, essayist and poet. She was raised in rural Kentucky and lived
briefly in the Congo in her early childhood. Kingsolver earned degrees in
biology at De Pauw University and
University of Arizona and worked as a freelance writer before she began
writing novels. Her widely known 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
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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 has been on the New York Times Best Seller list. Kingsolver has received numerous awards, including the Dayton Literary Peace Prize's Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award 2011, 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 Prize to support "literature of social change".
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