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May's Book
The Bean Trees
by Barbara Kingsolver

Who and what the author reads

When Barbara Kingsolver arrived at KET to participate in a live call-in program on May 31, 2001, she brought with her a list she’d prepared to answer one of the questions she is most frequently asked: What other authors do you read, and what are your favorite books? Here’s the list she gave us:

Fiction Books

  • Middlemarch by George Eliot

  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker

  • I Loved You All by Paula Sharp

  • The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

  • Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen by Alix Kates Shulman
    (recommended for high school students)

  • My Year of Meats by Ruth L. Ozeki
    (recommended for high school students)

  • The White Bone by Barbara Gowdy

  • Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
    (recommended for high school students)

  • Kissing the Virgin’s Mouth: A Novel by Donna M. Gershten
Non-Fiction Books
  • A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold

  • Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard

  • Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit by Al Gore

  • Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond

  • Biodiversity: Exploring Values and Priorities in Conservation by Dan L. Perlman, Glenn Adelson, Edward Osborne Wilson

  • Hope Is the Thing With Feathers: A Personal Chronicle of Vanished Birds by Christopher Cokinos

  • This Organic Life: Confessions of a Suburban Homesteader by Joan Dye Gussow

  • Ordinary Time: Cycles in Marriage, Faith, and Renewal by Nancy Mairs
  • Fenton Johnson
    June 1999 bookclub@ket selection: Scissors, Paper, Rock

  • Doris Lessing

  • Jane Austen

  • William Faulkner

  • John Nichols

  • Margaret Atwood
Other Kentucky Authors

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