by Barbara Kingsolver
Recommended by Professor Sonia R. Strawn (English Program Office). The Poisonwood Bible is a bestseller in the U.S. and an easy book to read. It is the story of an American missionary family from Georgia living in a village of the former Belgian Congo, now Zaire, in Central Africa in the 1950s and 1960s. The book graphically depicts what can happen to human beings when extremes of religion and politics try to dominate their lives. It shows how a woman"s choices make a dramatic difference in the direction of her life and the consequences she faces, for good or bad. It"s a book for anyone who wishes to become a global person as well as a more thoughtful one.