Small Wonder (Paperback)


By Barbara Kingsolver

Harper Perennial, 9780060504083, 288pp.

Publication Date: April 15, 2003



In her new essay collection, the beloved author of High Tide in Tucson brings to us, out of one of history's darker moments, an extended love song to the world we still have.

Whether she is contemplating the Grand Canyon, her vegetable garden, motherhood, genetic engineering, or the future of a nation founded on the best of all human impulses, these essays are grounded in the author's belief that our largest problems have grown from the earth's remotest corners as well as our own backyards, and that answers may lie in both those places.

Sometimes grave, occasionally hilarious, and ultimately persuasive, Small Wonder is a hopeful examination of the people we seem to be, and what we might yet make of ourselves.

Praise For Small Wonder: Essays

“Observant, imaginative, and both lucid and impassioned.”
-Book Magazine

“This book of essays by Barbara Kingsolver is like a visit from a cherished old friend.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Kingsolver possesses a rare depth of understanding of nature’s complex mechanisms.”
-San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

“A delightful, challenging, and wonderfully informative book.”
-San Francisco Chronicle

“Essays … [of] great skill and wisdom.”