Essays 1 and 2
* After a visit to the Bahamas, Barbara Kingsolver returned home with a hermit crab among the shells she collected.
* Barbara Kingsolver wondered whether the hermit crab was still responding to its sense of when high tide took place.
* In the midst of the dry season, Barbara Kingsolver meditates on the rituals by which the Natives would bring the rain.
Essays 3 and 4
* When the crime and delinquency got to be too much, Barbara Kingsolver moved from Kentucky to Tucson, Arizona.
* Considering the practice of private property, Barbara Kingsolver describes the evolution of humanity to the point where property could be held in private.
* Looking back at her childhood, Barbara Kingsolver considers the things she left behind when she moved away.
Essays 5 and 6
* In a high school that was fairly limited and provincial, Barbara Kingsolver says she was saved by reading books.
* Books introduced her to ideas like...
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