Local Celebrity Read: Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

Noelia Celebrity ReaderNoelia Marziali is the newest addition to our library team and is working as an assistant at the Dysart Branch. She recommends Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver. A fan of all of Kingsolver’s work, Noelia decided to try Flight Behavior in talking book form. “What’s neat is that the author herself is the narrator,” reports Noelia “her accents might need a little work…but she’s pretty charming.”

Flight Behavior brings readers into the world of Dellarobia Turnbow, a discontent farmwife who discovers Flight Behavioran unusual fire in a forested valley behind her house. This strange fire causes a stir in the scientific and local communities and leads Dellarobia to confront and question everything she thought she believed in.

Noelia shares “I especially enjoyed connecting with the main character. She is such a fully realized character, totally believable in all her flaws, strengths and quirks. You will find yourself or someone you know in her.

She also loved Kingsolver’s poetic descriptions of ecological systems, stating that “she manages to deliver a very human take on subjects ranging from climate change to racial and social stereotypes.

Concluding, Noelia states “I would recommend this book to anyone interested in animal behaviour/migration, environment issues and female empowerment. Kingsolver writes with charm, solid scientific knowledge and a dash of humour.”

Flight Behavior can be reserved from the Haliburton County Public Library in regular, large print, and talking book formats.

* Originally published as a portion of “Reads of the Month” in The Haliburton Echo and The Minden Times


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