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"Small Wonder" by Barbara Kingsolver

READERS' PICK: Think the Rolling Stones' "Street Fighting Man" set between hard covers: Barbara Kingsolver is no longer a poor girl, but she still sings in a rock 'n' roll band (the all-lit-star Rock Bottom Remainders), and she still lets a righteous fire burn in her soul. Small Wonder is a book of occasions, not least of them last year's attack on the World Trade Center, her qualified response to which excited a slew of hostile press. It's also a book of engaged response, exploring politics and natural history along with other genres, that bravely takes on modern war, the loss of genetic and cultural diversity, patriotism and other complicated subjects. Rock on, we say--and thousands on thousands of Barbara's readers agree.

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