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The Poisonwood Bible (1998): Library Resources

A list of resources available through Truxal Library for researching Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible

Library Databases

Click on the links below to search for criticism and interpretation of literary works, as well as biographical information about authors. To access databases from off-campus, you will need to enter the barcode number from the back of your Truxal Library card or AACC photo ID.

Use this database for general background information and to define unfamiliar words and phrases:     

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Reference Material

Search the Library Catalog for the following reference titles that contain material about Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible. These titles may be available in other college or public libraries.

  • Backtalk: Women Writers Speak Out
  • Barbara Kingsolver: A Critical Companion
  • Barbara Kingsolver: A Literary Companion
  • Contemporary Authors [vol 134]
  • Contemporary Authors, New Revision Series [vols 60, 96]
  • Contemporary Literary Criticism (CLC) - Contains passages from literary criticism originally published in books and journals
    • [vols 130, 216] - look for Poisonwood Bible in the Cumulative Title Index, a separate paperback index that accompanies this multi-volume work
  • Notable American Novelists [vol 2]
  • Novels for Students [vol 24]

Books & Audio/Visual Materials

Conduct a "Subject Browse" search using the Library Catalog for:

  • Kingsolver, Barbara

You'll find library materials that provide biographical information about Barbara Kingsolver, as well criticism and interpretation of her work.

eBook Spotlight

You might find the following eBooks useful for researching The Poisonwood Bible.

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