Book Reviews of The Bean Trees

The Bean Trees
The Bean Trees
Author: Barbara Kingsolver
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 512 ratings
Publisher: HarperTorch
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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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: 3
I enjoyed this book. I love Kingsolver's witty, funny narrative and the characters are very likable. I would recommend for a nice easy read.
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Helpful Score: 1
One of my favorite books. The story of a poor girl from Kentucky who has big dreams of going to California. These dreams get curtailed, however, when she comes out of a truck stop to find that someone has left a native american baby on the front seat of her car.
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Great book. It's an easy read about a young woman who is all but forced to adopt a Cherokee baby. They have great adventures together.

You must read the Bean Trees before moving on to Pigs in Heaven.
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Wonderful story. Caught me up in the first few pages. Rich characters...I wanted to jump in and be along on their quirky journey!
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The description on the back of the book is vague, but this book surprised me, it is really good, quick and easy read, but very worth picking up. Wish there was a series about the characters.
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Great little quick read, but the ending was very anti-climactic. Cute story, though.
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Kentucky-born Taylor Greer sets out for Tucson, Arizona to escape rural poverty and a barefoot & pregnant fate. Along the way, she acquires a 3-yr-old American Indian girl named Turtle. This is a story about love and friendship, abandonment and belonging, and the discovery of surprising resources in apparently empty places. Author Anne Rivers Siddons calls this book "tough and tender, gritty and moving." You'll have to judge that for yourself!
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AFTER READING POISONWOOD BIBLE, I COULD HARDLY WAIT TO READ ANOTHER OF HER BOOKS. WHILE NOT NEARLY AS IN DEPTH, I LIKED THIS ONE VERY MUCH AS WELL. I AM STARTING ANOTHER ONE OF HERS TONIGHT AND WILL LIST IT AS SOON AS I'M DONE.
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My favorite book of all time! I read this book for the first time in high school and have read it several times since. I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone!
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Although the book was very slow in the beginning, once I plowed through that it became a very good read.
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funny and sweet story by a great writer
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I absolutely loved this book. It was part of a high school summer reading list at an amazing expeditionary learning school. I was interested in the amount of culture this book presented and I genuinely enjoyed Ms. Kingsolver's style of writing. It was about a young adult, but I would certainly say that it reaches a wider range of readers. It's a sweet story worth reading and in my opinion, holding on to.
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Will keep it forever, loved it.
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Great story. It took 20-30 pages to draw me in, but once I got into the story, it was hard to put the book down. I LOVED this story.
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Wonderful book!!!!
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Really good story with interesting characters that you'll be pulling for.

A lesson in persistance in life!

A little dark though, so don't read this one if life is getting you down. Wait for a brighter day...
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Very good story about real life situations and working through them.
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like her other books its a easy and fun to read
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"This is the story of a lovable, resourceful 'instant mother', one who speaks, acts and learns for herself, becoming an inspiration for us all."
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A true heart warming story.
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This is one of Kingsolver's wittiest works. Made me want to read her other novels.
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Truly a great read. Amazing author.
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Really enjoyed this book. I felt I knew the characters. Good quick read.
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Wow, this was a great book. I really had it at the bottom of the pile for a long time because I didn't think it would be very good. I will be looking for other books by this author.
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Easier to read than "The Poisonwood Bible".
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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 , Arizonia , she has aquired a completely unexpected child, a three-year-old American Indian girl named turtle and must somehow come to terms with both motherhood and the necessity of putting down roots. Hers is a story about love friendship, abandonment and belonging, and the discovery of surprising resources in apparently empty places
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Wonderfully great read!
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My book club loves Ms. Kingsolver!
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Excellent!!!
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never opened or read, got at a confrence. great book if you liked her others