In her new essay collection, the beloved author of High Tide in
Tucson brings to us, out of one of history's darker moments, an extended
love song to the world we still have.
Whether she is contemplating the Grand Canyon, her vegetable garden,
motherhood, genetic engineering, or the future of a nation founded on
the best of all human impulses, these essays are grounded in the
author's belief that our largest problems have grown from the earth's
remotest corners as well as our own backyards, and that answers may lie
in both those places.
Sometimes grave, occasionally hilarious, and ultimately persuasive,
Small Wonder is a hopeful examination of the people we seem to be, and
what we might yet make of ourselves.
San Francisco Chronicle
A delightful, challenging, and wonderfully
Book Magazine - Penelope Mesic
While far from perfect, this book expresses the misgivings and despair
experienced by many of us, and counters our shared sense of loss with
the treasures of a quiet life.
Library Journal - Judith Robinson
This gentle, intelligent
gadfly will provide intellectual stimulation, whether or not the
listener agrees with her positions.
Booklist - Donna Seaman
Food, motherhood, gardening, literature, television,
homelessness, globalization, scientific illiteracy, selfishness, and
forgiveness all come under sharp and revelatory scrutiny. As does love
of country Americans who read and think are patriots of the first
Her best pieces--a discussion of adolescence addressed to her daughter; an essay on
the difficulties of writing about sex-have a narrow focus. Good
intentions and craft marred by sanctimony.
This book of essays ... is like a
visit from a cherished old friend...Respect for the intelligence of her
audience is apparent everywhere in this outstanding collection.
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