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Bean Trees
Bean Trees
Author: Barbara Kingsolver
Ten years ago, Barbara Kingsolver published a first novel that is well on its way to becoming a classic work of American fiction. The Bean Trees is a book readers have taken to their hearts. It is now a standard in college literature classes across the nation and has been translated for a readership stretching from Japan to Romania.When i...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781417618217
ISBN-10: 1417618213
Publication Date: 10/30/1998
Pages: 336
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Publisher: Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval
Book Type: School & Library Binding
Other Versions: Paperback, Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 7
I loved this book. It has been added to my "keep" collection, and I don't keep that many so that's saying something. It is the story of Taylor Greer, a girl from Kentucky, who moves out west to Arizona. On the way she acquires an Indian child as her own. A wonderful read.
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Helpful Score: 6
I've only read a couple of Barbara's books - and I need to read more. Down-to-earth stories about average folks going through average challenges. Yet the story is a page-turner. I felt like I knew the characters intimately and was rooting for good things to happen to them. Reading Kingsolver is kind of like rafting down a river. The story unfolds slowly, but there's always something interesting around the next corner.
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Helpful Score: 5
I think I own this book, but I had to request a copy from the library in order to re-read it for a group discussion. I'm glad I did. Taylor and her friends and family are the sort of people I wish I knew in real life, human and flawed but really trying to do the right thing. Now I'm eager to re-read the sequel, Pigs in Heaven.
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Helpful Score: 4
Loved this book! Barbara Kingsolver develops such interesting characters in her stories that you become instantly involved in their lives and want to see what happens next. A great read!
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Helpful Score: 3
Unlike any other book I have read. The central character becomes part of your life as you watch her go from adolescence to adulthood in the midst of difficult circumstances and a life lacking financial opportunities. You can't help but admire her determination as her story changes your perspective.
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cyndij avatar reviewed Bean Trees on + 1030 more book reviews
Appealing characters, good dialogue, good sense of place, with a sweet and moving story.
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Ms. Kingsolver has a talent for writing hauntingly surreal and beautiful descriptions of the world around her. Very inspiring to me.

I would certainly recommend The Bean Trees as well as it's sequel Pigs in Heaven.

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Taylor Greer (Primary Character)
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