High Tide in Tucson : Essays from Now or Never, Paperback Book

High Tide in Tucson : Essays from Now or Never Paperback

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"There is no one quite like Barbara Kingsolver in contemporary literature," raves the Washington Post Book World, and it is right.

She has been nominated three times for the ABBY award, and her critically acclaimed writings consistently enjoy spectacular commercial success as they entertain and touch her legions of loyal fans.

In "High Tide in Tucson", she returns to her familiar themes of family, community, the common good and the natural world.

The title essay considers Buster, a hermit crab that accidentally stows away on Kingsolver's return trip from the Bahamas to her desert home, and turns out to have manic-depressive tendencies.

Buster is running around for all he's worth-- one can only presume it's high tide in Tucson.

Kingsolver brings a moral vision and refreshing sense of humor to subjects ranging from modern motherhood to the history of private property to the suspended citizenship of human beings in the Animal Kingdom.

Beautifully packaged, with original illustrations by well-known illustrator Paul Mirocha, these wise lessons on the urgent business of being alive make it a perfect gift for Kingsolver's many fans.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Literary essays
  • ISBN: 9780571179503



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Barbara Kingsolver’s book of essays, High Tide in Tucson, is an interesting and enjoyable read. Fans of Kingsolver’s books will recognize many aspects of Kingsolver’s life as described in the essays, from her novels. While her novels are not autobiographical, it is gratifying to know that some elements of her wonderful novels are derived from first-hand knowledge and experience. The title essay, about a hermit crab, is especially delightful and interesting. I recommend this book to fans of Kingsolver’s novels as an excellent background read.

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Barbara Kingsolver is odd, funny, engaging. This collection of stories and articles stitched together is my introduction to her eccentricity.

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