The Bean Trees: A Novel by Barbara KingsolverThe Bean Trees: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver

The Bean Trees: A Novel

byBarbara Kingsolver

Mass Market Paperback | October 23, 1998

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Barbara Kingsolver's 1988 debut novel is a classic workof American fiction. Now a standard in college literature classes across thenation, and a book that appears in translation across the globe, The BeanTrees is not only a literary masterpiece but a popular triumph—anarrative that readers worldwide have taken into their hearts. The Los Angeles Times calls The Bean Trees “the work of a visionary. . . . It leaves you open-mouthed and smiling.”
Barbara Kingsolver is the author of seven works of fiction, including the novels The Poisonwood Bible, Animal Dreams, and The Bean Trees, as well as books of poetry, essays, and creative nonfiction such as Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. In 2000, she was awarded the National Humanities Medal, our country's highest honor for service through...
Title:The Bean Trees: A NovelFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 0.84 inPublished:October 23, 1998Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061097314

ISBN - 13:9780061097317

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful book! A moving story about coming-of-age and realizing the world is bigger than one may think. A lovely novel about what family really means, beyond blood, and why we make the choices we do, especially for the benefit of others.
Date published: 2018-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Bean Trees: Nice Read! PROS: I think everyone should read this book because it holds some important, eye-opening messages about the stigma associated with "illegal" immigrants and also, briefly, depression. The narration of fearless and humorous Taylor makes for an enjoyable read; as she laughs and grows throughout the novel, you find yourself walking hand in hand with her character. The characters, analogies, and symbolism are the strengths of The Bean Trees. CONS: This is probably not the book for you if you love action-packed novels and don't care for humanities. Personally, I think the first few chapters are slightly dry because there's no plot progression, just lots of narration.
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Barbara Kingsolver I've loved everything I've read by Barbara Kingsolver, this being the most recent that I picked up, although one of her older ones. I was immediately drawn in to the story, transported to a different landscape, and found the characters, although their life experiences were so different from my own, compelling and authentic. This felt like it had less of a political agenda than some of her other books, while still touching on a large number of social issues.
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Bean Trees By: Barbara Kingsolver Lovely story about a young women growing up poor very with few advantages or opportunities in life. However she has a clear value system, which see's her through some very difficult challenges. A wonderful sweet heartwarming story.
Date published: 2007-12-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Book This review is in response to the others listed here. This was a very good book. The characters and the plot are well developed. Barbara Kingsolver is a great author, she knows how to write a great novel. It can be looked upon as a coming-of-age novel, but with a twist, and something that all age groups can appriciate.
Date published: 2000-11-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pre-teen read This book starts off pleasently enough, it seems to be setting the stage for something exciting. Though the main character's low class repelled me a little at first. Characters fall just short of the Jerry springer show. It tells the tail of an average Joe (or Jane as the case may be) A woman who's directionless life is interupted by a child. A very easy read. Has a somewhat profound ending, but not enough to justify reading the book. Perhaps best suited for those ages 12-14.
Date published: 2000-08-03

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For those readers who have not yet fallen under the spell of Kingsolver's storytelling magic, here is her most popular and bestselling novel in its first-ever mass market edition. It is the story about love and friendship, abandonment and belonging, and the discovery of surprising resources in apparently empty places.

Editorial Reviews

"A lively first easy book to enjoy." (The New Yorker)