Friday, March 7, 2008

Animal Dreams

I finished reading the book "Animal Dreams" by Barbara Kingsolver earlier this week. This is the fourth book of hers that I've read ("The Poisonwood Bible", "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" and "The Bean Trees" are the others) and I've decided I'm just going to have to buy every book she's written. I love how she incorporates environmental and and social issues into her fiction, and her nonfiction that I've read has completely changed how I think about and buy food. In "Animal Dreams" she talks about water rights and the effects of mining on nearby water supplies. I found this especially interesting because in high school I took a field trip with the geology club to a coal mine in Alaska and it never even occurred to me to think about the impacts that this mine has on water supplies or the surrounding wild life. My only thought was "Wow, look at all this cool machinery they get to use". Ms. Kingsolver's books definitely open my eyes to issues that I was oblivious to before, and if you have a chance you should definitely read one of her books.

1 comment:

T said...

I love Barbara Kingsolver! She actually taught at University of Arizona when I was there, but I never got a chance to take one of her classes. I read her stuff in high school, though. The Bean Trees is a great book.

Oh, and why was I not informed you have a blog? And why don't I have your email address? And why am I still asking quasi-rhetorical questions in a blog comment?

- Tanya