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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle | Study Guide

Barbara Kingsolver

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Barbara Kingsolver

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Autobiography, Philosophy, Science

At a Glance

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle chronicles Barbara Kingsolver's family's efforts to shift towards conscientious eating while providing scientifically based evidence to explain the growing problem in Americans' relationship with food. Barbara Kingsolver describes the lack of definite food culture in the United States while detailing the environmental, emotional, and physical costs of current food production and consumer habits. She details the Kingsolvers' evolution toward growing their own food and purchasing only locally sourced products and explains how sustainable farming practices can ease the impacts of commercial food production.

Perspective and Narrator

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is narrated by the author Barbara Kingsolver. She alternates between first- and third-person narration.

About the Title

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle describes the journey Barbara Kingsolver and her family take as they spend a year eating only locally sourced animal products and produce while developing a spiritual connection to the abundance of natural farming. Kingsolver attests to the everyday miracles that may be realized through self-sufficiency and a family-oriented philosophy.


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