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The Bean Trees
The Bean Trees
Author: Barbara Kingsolver
Clear-eyed and spirited, Taylor Greer grew up poor in rural Kentucky with the goals of avoiding pregnancy and getting away. But when she heads west with high hopes and a barely functional car, she meets the human condition head-on. By the time Taylor arrives in Tucson, Arizona, she has acquired a completely unexpected child, a three-year-old Ame...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780061097317
ISBN-10: 0061097314
Publication Date: 10/1/1998
Pages: 336
Rating:
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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4 stars, based on 511 ratings
Publisher: HarperTorch
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 7
I loved this book. It has been added to my "keep" collection, and I don't keep that many so that's saying something. It is the story of Taylor Greer, a girl from Kentucky, who moves out west to Arizona. On the way she acquires an Indian child as her own. A wonderful read.
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Helpful Score: 6
I've only read a couple of Barbara's books - and I need to read more. Down-to-earth stories about average folks going through average challenges. Yet the story is a page-turner. I felt like I knew the characters intimately and was rooting for good things to happen to them. Reading Kingsolver is kind of like rafting down a river. The story unfolds slowly, but there's always something interesting around the next corner.
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Helpful Score: 5
I think I own this book, but I had to request a copy from the library in order to re-read it for a group discussion. I'm glad I did. Taylor and her friends and family are the sort of people I wish I knew in real life, human and flawed but really trying to do the right thing. Now I'm eager to re-read the sequel, Pigs in Heaven.
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Helpful Score: 4
Loved this book! Barbara Kingsolver develops such interesting characters in her stories that you become instantly involved in their lives and want to see what happens next. A great read!
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Helpful Score: 3
Unlike any other book I have read. The central character becomes part of your life as you watch her go from adolescence to adulthood in the midst of difficult circumstances and a life lacking financial opportunities. You can't help but admire her determination as her story changes your perspective.
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Taylor Greer (Primary Character)
Turtle (Primary Character)

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