L'Arbre aux haricots

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Taylor Greer n'a pas l'intention de finir ses jours dans le Kentucky, où les filles commencent à faire des bébés avant d'apprendre leurs tables de multiplication. Le jour où elle quitte le comté de Pittman au volant de sa vieille coccinelle Volkswagen, elle est bien décidée à rouler vers l'Ouest jusqu'à ce que sa voiture rende l'âme. C'est compter sans le désert de l'Oklahoma où. sur le parking d'un bar miteux, elle hérite d'un mystérieux balluchon : une petite Indienne. On est à Tucson dans I'Arizona ; Taylor a les yeux grands ouverts, de l'énergie à revendre et une bonne dose d'humour. Dans un garage un peu spécial, elle va rencontrer à la fois la générosité et l'inacceptable, et trouver l'espoir de garder celle qui est devenue son enfant, la petite Turtle. L'Arbre aux haricotsest une histoire de rire et de peine, un magnifique début pour une nouvelle romancière contemporaine. La suite des aventures de Turtle et de sa mère a été publiée sous le titre Les Cochons au paradis.

The Bean Trees

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Plucky Taylor Greer grows up poor in rural Kentucky with two goals: to avoid pregnancy and to get away. She succeeds on both counts when she buys an old car and heads west. But midway across the country motherhood catches up with her when she becomes the guardian of an abandoned baby girl she calls Turtle. In Tuscon they encounter an extraordinary array of people, and with their help, Taylor builds herself and her sweet, stunned child a life.

Study Guide Student Workbook for The Bean Trees

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Study Guide Student Workbook for The Bean Trees by David Lee Summary

The Student Workbooks are designed to get students thinking critically about the text they read and provide a guided study format to facilitate in improved learning and retention. Teachers and Homeschool Instructors may use the activities included to improve student learning and organization. Students will construct and identify the following areas of knowledge. Character IdentificationEventsLocationVocabularyMain IdeaConflictAnd more as appropriate to the text.

Une Rivière sur la lune

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Codi revient à Grace, petite ville de l'Arizona, où elle a grandi pour s'occuper de son père malade.

Une île sous le vent

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En douze nouvelles tendres et drôles, Barbara Kingsolver nous livre un hymne au bonheur de vivre en reprenant ses thèmes de prédilection : défense de la nature, souci des enfants, sagesse des Indiens, fragilité et force des femmes.

Petit miracle et autres essais

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Au lendemain des attentats du 11 septembre 2001 qui ont endeuillé les Etats-Unis, la romancière a été sollicitée pour partager ses émotions et ses réflexions.

Un été prodigue

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Dans le décor sauvage et grandiose des Appalaches, Un été prodigue tisse trois histoires de femmes.

Women in Literature

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Women in Literature by Jerilyn Fisher,Ellen S. Silber Summary

Looks at gender-related themes in ninety-six of the most frequently taught works of fiction, including "Anna Karenina," "Brave New World," "Great Expectations," and "Lord of the Flies."

Travelling Across Cultures

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Download or read Travelling Across Cultures book by clicking button below to visit the book download website. There are multiple format available for you to choose (Pdf, ePub, Doc).

Seeds of Change

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Barbara Kingsolver's books have sold millions of copies. The Poisonwood Bible was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and her work is studied in courses ranging from English-as-a-second-language classes to seminars in doctoral programs. Yet, until now, there has been relatively little scholarly analysis of her writings. Seeds of Change: Critical Essays on Barbara Kingsolver, edited by Priscilla V. Leder, is the first collection of essays examining the full range of Kingsolver's literary output. The articles in this new volume provide analysis, context, and commentary on all of Kingsolver's novels, her poetry, her two essay collections, and her full-length nonfiction memoir, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. Professor Leder begins Seeds of Change with a brief critical biography that traces Kingsolver's development as a writer. Leder also includes an overview of the scholarship on Kingsolver's oeuvre. Organized by subject matter, the 14 essays in the book are divided into three sections tha deal with recurrent themes in Kingsolver's compositions: identity, social justice, and ecology. The pieces in this ground-breaking volume draw upon contemporary critical approaches—ecocritical, postcolonial, feminist, and disability studies—to extend established lines of inquiry into Kingsolver's writing and to take them in new directions. By comparing Kingsolver with earlier writers such as Joseph Conrad and Henry David Thoreau, the contributors place her canon in literary context and locate her in cultural contexts by revealing how she re-works traditional narratives such as the Western myth. They also address the more controversial aspects of her writings, examining her political advocacy and her relationship to her reader, in addition to exploring her vision of a more just and harmonious world. Fully indexed with a comprehensive works-cited section, Seeds of Change gives scholars and students important insight and analysis which will deepen and broaden their understanding and experience of Barbara Kingsolver's work. Priscilla V. Leder has published articles in Mississippi Quarterly, ISLE (Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment), Amerikastudien/American Studies, and Southern Studies. She is professor of English at Texas State University—San Marcos.

Seul sur Mars

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« Un des meilleurs thrillers que j’aie lus depuis longtemps : Apollo 13 puissance dix ! » - Douglas Preston « Impossible à lâcher ! Un mélange rare de bonne histoire, de personnages réalistes et de précision technique fascinante. » - Chris Hadfield, commandant de la Station spatiale internationale. « Robinson Crusoé sur Mars, au XXIe siècle : fort, résistant et du cran à revendre. » - Steve Berry, auteur de L’Héritage des Templiers « La science à la portée de tous, pour un suspense fascinant. » - Publishers Weekly Mark Watney est l’un des premiers humains à poser le pied sur Mars. Il pourrait bien être le premier à y mourir. Lorsqu’une tempête de sable mortelle force ses coéquipiers à évacuer la planète, Mark se retrouve seul et sans ressources, irrémédiablement coupé de toute communication avec la Terre. Pourtant Mark n’est pas prêt à baisser les bras. Ingénieux, habile de ses mains et terriblement têtu, il affronte un par un des problèmes en apparence insurmontables. Isolé et aux abois, parviendra-t-il à défier le sort ? Le compte à rebours a déjà commencé...

Les Yeux dans les arbres

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Nathan Price, pasteur baptiste américain au fanatisme redoutable, part en mission au Congo belge en 1959 avec sa femme et ses quatre filles.

New Visions of Community in Contemporary American Fiction

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New Visions of Community in Contemporary American Fiction by Magali Cornier Michael Summary

In this engaging, optimistic close reading of five late twentieth-century novels by American women, Magali Cornier Michael illuminates the ways in which their authors engage with ideas of communal activism, common commitment, and social transformation. The fictions she examines imagine coalition building as a means of moving toward new forms of nonhierarchical justice; for ethnic cultures that, as a result of racist attitudes, have not been assimilated, power with each other rather than power over each other is a collective goal.Michael argues that much contemporary American fiction by women offers models of care and nurturing that move away from the private sphere toward the public and political. Specifically, texts by women from such racially marked ethnic groups as African American, Asian American, Native American, and Mexican American draw from the rich systems of thought, histories, and experiences of these hybrid cultures and thus offer feminist and ethical revisions of traditional concepts of community, coalition, subjectivity, and agency.Focusing on Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club, Barbara Kingsolver’s The Bean Trees and Pigs in Heaven, Ana Castillo’s So Far from God, and Toni Morrison’s Paradise, Michael shows that each writer emphasizes the positive, liberating effects of kinship and community. These hybrid versions of community, which draw from other-than-dominant culturally specific ideas and histories, have something to offer Americans as the United States moves into an increasingly diverse twenty-first century. Michael provides a rich lens through which to view both contemporary fiction and contemporary life.

Pigs in Heaven

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Mother and adopted daughter, Taylor and Turtle Greer, are back in this spellbinding sequel about family, heartbreak and love. Six-year-old Turtle Greer witnesses a freak accident at the Hoover Dam during a tour of the Grand Canyon with her guardian, Taylor. Her insistence on what she has seen, and her mother's belief in her, lead to a man's dramatic rescue. The mother and adopted daughter duo soon become nationwide heroes - even landing themselves a guest appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show. But Turtle's moment of celebrity draws her into a conflict of historic proportions stemming right back to her Cherokee roots. The crisis quickly envelops not only Turtle and her guardian, but everyone else who touches their lives in a complex web connecting their future with their past. Embark on a unforgettable road trip from rural Kentucky and the urban Southwest to Heaven, Oklahoma, and the Cherokee Nation, testing the boundaries of family and the many separate truths about the ties that bind.