Barbara Kingsolver

Barbara Kingsolver was born in 1955, and grew up in rural Kentucky. She earned degrees in biology from DePauw University and the University of Arizona, and has worked as a freelance writer and author since 1985. At various times in her adult life she has lived in England, France, and the Canary Islands, and has worked in Europe, Africa, Asia, Mexico, and South America. She spent two decades in Tucson, Arizona, before moving to southwestern Virginia where she currently resides.

Her books, in order of publication, are: The Bean Trees (1988), Homeland (1989), Holding the Line: Women in the Great Arizona Mine Strike (1989), Animal Dreams (1990), Another America (1992), Pigs in Heaven (1993), High Tide in Tucson (1995), The Poisonwood Bible (1998), Prodigal Summer (2000), Small Wonder (2002), Last Stand: America’s Virgin Lands, with photographer Annie Griffiths Belt (2002), Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life (2007), and The Lacuna (2009). She served as editor for Best American Short Stories 2001. Her books have been translated into more than two dozen languages, and have been adopted into the core literature curriculum in high schools and colleges throughout the nation. She has contributed to more than fifty literary anthologies, and her reviews and articles have appeared in most major U.S. newspapers and magazines.

Books by Barbara Kingsolver


Published: October 2018

A testament to the power and goodness of the human spirit, Unsheltered explores the foundations we build, crossing time and place to give us all a little more hope in those around us, and a little more faith in ourselves.

The Poisonwood Bible

Published: September 2017

An exquisite new edition of this international best-selling classic novel.

The Awakening

Published: April 2016

Kate Chopin's classic, an American Anna Karenina, joins Canongate's Canons series.

Pigs in Heaven

Published: July 2013

Part of a beautiful new series packaging programme for Barbara Kingsolver.

Prodigal Summer

Published: July 2013

Prodigal Summer weaves together three stories of human love within a larger tapestry of lives inhabiting the forested mountains and struggling small farms of southern Appalachia.

Flight Behaviour

Published: June 2013

From the Orange Prize-winning author of The Lacuna comes a suspenseful and brilliant new novel about catastrophe and denial.

The Poisonwood Bible

Published: June 2013

The modern classic beautifully repackaged to tie-in with the paperback of Flight Behaviour.

The Lacuna

Published: September 2010

Dive into the most moving and beautiful novel of the year, from the bestselling author of The Poisonwood Bible.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Published: May 2008

A year in the life of bestselling novelist, Barbara Kingsolver, and her family as they try to eat local produce, grow their own, and reduce their ecological footprint.

High Tide in Tucson

Published: July 2005

An engaging and immensely readable collection, exploring her trademark themes of family, community and the natural world.


Published: July 2005

Here Barbara Kingsolver tells stories of hope, momentary joy and powerful endurance.

Small Wonder

Published: July 2005

Barbara Kingsolver's extended love song to the world we still have.

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