Hungry for the World

A Memoir

By Kim Barnes
(Anchor Books, Paperback, 9780385720441, 256pp.)

Publication Date: March 20, 2001

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From the author of the critically acclaimed In the Wilderness, comes a riveting new narrative of self-discovery and personal triumph. Hungry for the World is the story of how an intelligent and passionate young woman, yearning for an understanding of the world beyond her insular family life, found her way.

On the day of her 1976 high school graduation in Lewiston, Idaho, Kim Barnes decided she could no longer abide the patriarchal domination of family and church. After a disagreement with her father–a logger and fervent adherent to the Pentecostal Christian faith–she gathered her few belongings and struck out on her own. She had no skills and no funds, but she had the courage and psychological sturdiness to make her way, and to eventually survive the influence of a man whose dominance was of a different and more menacing sort. Hungry for the World is a classic story of the search for knowledge and its consequences, both dire and beautiful.

About the Author
Kim Barnes is the author of a novel, "Finding Caruso," and two memoirs, "In the Wilderness: Coming of Age in an Unknown Country "and "Hungry for the World," Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including "The Georgia Review," "Shenandoah," "MORE Magazine," and a Pushcart Prize anthology. She teaches writing at the University of Idaho and lives with her husband on Moscow Mountain in Idaho.
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