Animal, Vegetable, Miracle selected for First Engagements
Barbara Kingsolver’s book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle has been selected as the text for the coming academic year’s First Engagements: A Community Book Project at Transylvania University.
The program is for all first-year students and takes place during the first week of classes in September. It’s designed to give new students an engaging introduction to the high standards of liberal education at Transylvania through small-group discussion and analysis of a common text.
Kingsolver, who grew up in Kentucky, is a novelist who trained as a biologist. Released in May 2007, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is one part memoir, one part journalistic investigation as it tells the story of how the Kingsolver family was changed by one year of deliberately eating food produced in the place where they live.
Kingsolver wrote the central narrative; her husband, Steven, contributed sidebars that dig deeper into various aspects of food-production science and industry; and daughter Camille’s brief essays offer a 19-year-old’s perspective on the local-food project. The book also contains nutritional information, meal plans, and recipes.