Saturday, August 28, 2010

Book Review

Title: The Bean Trees
By: Barbara Kingsolver
Pages: 240

Book Description:
Meet Taylor Greer. Clear-eyed and spirited, she grew up poor in rural Kentucky with two goals: to avoid pregnancy and to get away. She succeeds on both counts when she buys a '55 Volkswagen and heads west. But by the time our plucky if unlikely heroine pulls up on the outskirts of Tucson, Arizona, at an auto repair shop called Jesus is Lord Used Tires that also happens to be a sanctuary for Central American refugees, she's "inherited" a three-year-old American Indian girl named Turtle.

What follows -- as Taylor meets the human condition head-on -- is as the heart of this memorable novel about love and friendship, abandonment and belonging, and the discovery of surprising resources in apparently empty places.

My Thoughts:
I'm a little embarrassed to say I started this book back in May. I read it on the plane to Ohio, and also for my Indy visit in June and then picked it back up this week. I usually read books in a matter of weeks!

I really liked this book. The majority of it was set here in Tucson.... Because of that I could really relate to a lot of the landscape and weather descriptions. I have never read more beautiful and accurate description of the monsoon rains we get here. I found myself picturing what part of town they were in and everything. It was a book I could really put myself into.

Besides just being very relatable, I liked the story. It touched on a lot of things... responsibility, family, relationships, adoption, belonging... and also immigration/illegal immigrants and refugees. I found that last part to be very fitting and interesting, especially with all the heat Arizona is under with the immigration law they are trying to put through. The book kind of lets you see another perspective.

Overall a great read... It did lack the suspense and/or conflict that usually keeps me hooked to a book though (it took me 4 months to get around to finishing it). I think living here, in Tucson made me like it more though. If I had read this before living here I might not have likes it as much....

I did like it enough to be interested in the squeal. I will be checking out Pigs in Heaven from my local Library!

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  1. I am going to add this to my to-read list.

    Do you have an account at Goodreads? I find it really helpful for keeping track of books I've read, want to read, etc.

  2. @geonarcissa, thanks! I just signed up! thanks! I was keeping track through Facebook... but then I got rid of facebook!