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Unsheltered

Audiobook CD - 2018
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The story of two families, in two centuries, who live at the corner of Sixth and Plum, as they navigate the challenges of surviving a world in the throes of major cultural shifts. In this mesmerizing story told in alternating chapters, Willa and Thatcher come to realize that though the future is uncertain, even unnerving, shelter can be found in the bonds of kindred, whether family or friends, and in the strength of the human spirit.
Publisher: [New York] : Harper Audio, [2018]
Edition: Unabridged
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062865663
0062865668
Branch Call Number: CD FIC KINGSOL
Characteristics: 14 audio discs (16 hr., 45 min.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in
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ArapahoeJane May 30, 2019

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was sorry to see it end. I'd be up for a sequel to this one. The book chapters alternated between two years, far apart, and a thread connecting the two. The characters were so well developed. This was my first Kingsolver read and I will pursue some of her other books. ~Such fun to find a new author!

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TheresaAJ
Apr 15, 2019

Kingsolver has woven two stories around 6th and Plum Streets in Vineland, New Jersey -- one in 1874 and the other in the current day. The historical story centers on Mary Treat and Thatcher Greenwood who form an unlikely friendship around botany and Charles Darwin in Charles Landis' utopian community. The current day story centers on the Tavares/Knox family whose life in search of professor tenure has ended in an inherited house in Vineland. As the two stories alternate, the author details the economic and ecological challenges of each time period. Although slow to start, the book did keep my attention until the end. The author read the audio version which was hard to hear at times because of her soft voice.

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josiehann
Dec 11, 2018

I loved this book, the author's use of language, and how she can take some many disparate things and weave them into a story of whole cloth.

I'd love to have a robust conversation on Kingsolver's use of offensive language in this book. It was used to illustrate some pretty terrible opinions of a character, and his mental decline. Could the point have been driven home without those specific words? Or were they key to showing how repugnant this individual's biases were?

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maipenrai
Nov 25, 2018

It is lovely to have Barbara Kingsolver back with a new novel. She speaks with a gentle, wise voice and creates great characters. Highly recommended!! Kristi & Abby Tabby

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