Reading Response for 10/2

Barbara Kingsolver, “In Case You Ever Want to Go Home Again”


36 thoughts on “Reading Response for 10/2

  1. Why did Kingsolver conceive her novel idea in a closet?
    Why was Kingsolver so paranoid about having someone she loved, hate her book?
    It is very ironic how on April Fool’s Day, the two most spectacular events in her life happened.

  2. Kingslover states how when she went to pursue a college education, she thought back to elementary and high school life which affected her in the way people interacted and felt about her in her mind. Do any of you use high school experience and carry it through how you socialize and how people interact with you in college?

    Do you all understand the feeling she is talking about when, “you are singing in the shower and you pull the curtain and a massive crowd was listening?”

    I love her grandfathers quote, “If you never stepped on anybody’s toes, you never been for a walk.” It encourages me to take risk and be confident about what I do and believe in.

  3. Why did the people who once ignored, bullied, and turned down Kingsolver have a change of heart in the way they treated her at the book signing?
    What would the price and value of community be in this particular essay?
    I thought it was funny that Kingsolver said she would pretend to be dumber as a way of fitting in socially, because so many people do that now a days.

  4. Would the author, Barbara Kingsolver, change anything about her rough childhood if she could?

    Why did the author choose to publish this if she knew she was going to get constant questions about whom she based the characters off of?

    This reading encouraged me because the author had a rough childhood but turned out to be great. The people who had caused her pain were now praising her. It makes me wonder about my own future.

  5. Why did she write a book and send it to a publisher if she didn’t want the world to see it?

    Does anyone else find her schooling experience relatable?

    I love the author’s use of metaphors and figurative language.

  6. Why is the postal clerk having tattoos a reason to not like him? Does this say something about her character?
    Do you agree with Kongsolver’s opinion on having been through so many obstacles helps add to the attitude of a piece of writing?
    I thoroughly enjoyed the author’s quote…”It’s human, to want the world to see us as we think we ought to be seen.” She seems to be very insightful and looks at the bigger picture and truly values family.

  7. Why hasn’t Kingsolver gotten over High School yet?

    Why did Kingsolver’s old schoolmates think the Lou Ann character was based on them?

    I wonder what it is going to be like after I graduate and go back down to Miami and see if my perspective has changed.

  8. Lauren Anthony
    Why doesn’t she want anyone to read her novel after spending so much time on it?
    Why did the author decide to write a fictional story about her home town instead of making up a whole new plot and setting?
    I actually enjoyed reading this short story, it was very interesting learning about the author’s life and hometown.

  9. Palmer Harper
    Why does she worry about what everyone in her home town will think of her?
    If she was so worried about the opinions of the residents of her home why did she go there and sign the copies of her book?
    Overall is was insightful into the authors life and her home town as well as some of her thoughts.

  10. What does Kingsolver mean when she says that her Grandfather “cemented his teeth in his head,” when his picture was being taken?

    Did anyone else grow up in a town where if you peed your pants, everyone would still remember it ten years down the road and your social life would still be “impacted?”

    This story got me thinking about how different Towson will be in twenty years when I attend my high school’s reunion. The author’s bio, before the actual story, was very interesting and I can relate because I’d moved around a few times as a kid as well, but never to the Congo, though.

    Louie Copley

  11. Why does Barbara Kingsolver get apprehensive about her novel being published?

    Why does the author not write directly from her experiences?

    If one of my novels was published I would be so excited, I don’t understand how such an achievement could be a burden to the author at first.

  12. Why doesn’t she want people in her hometown to know about her book?

    Did the things she “gained” from high school actually benefit her or did they just make her more like the kids she grew up with?

    Every once in a while, I look back on my past and realize that my views have changed. I wonder if and how long my views will keep changing.

  13. Why does Kingsolver seem so paranoid about who would love or hate her because of her writing?

    In the beginning Kingsolver mentions that she got rid of her Kentucky accent…. how did she do that? i cant seem to get rid of my accent.

    Why is Kingsolver so worried about her book and the affects of it on her life after it has been published, did she not care while in the process of writing it?

    I wish I could get a novel published and have the same worried Kingsolver did, at least she is worried about something positive she has done. I think she is just insecure about her book and writing, asking herself what people might think about her.

  14. Q – Why didn’t Kingsolver look over her book more carefully before sending it off (possibly avoiding the slight panic attack)?
    Q – What does the postal clerk having tattoos have to do with his record?
    C – I love the statement about a common human tendency: “It’s human, to want the world to see us as we ought to be seen” (Kingsolver 471).

    -Becky B.

  15. Why does she worry about how others will review her book?
    Does she feel proud about her years at that high school?
    It’s nice how she said that no matter how big the western city is, she still misses her hometown.

  16. Is Kingsolver confident about her writing ?

    The author maybe had a trouble past because she doe not like to write about it .

    Why write a book if you do not want everybody to read it .

  17. Why does the author not want anyone to see her book?
    Why is she so self-conscious about her work?
    The syntax and figurative language in the text was interesting.

  18. Why was she so worried someone she loved would despise her because of her writing?

    Why does she think fiction is such a risk?

    This passage really makes you think about how your views will change throughout your life.

  19. In what way did the author, Barbara Kingsolver, paint a picture of her hometown in the reader’s minds?

    Why does she begin the passage with how she did her laundry? Did it have any significance?

    I think the author did an excellent job giving her readers a true look of where she came from. I feel like I have been there

  20. What makes her think that fiction is such a risk?

    Is she trying to say that in high school she was lonely and had no friends? Why did the boys all think that she had cooties?

    I think it’s crazy to think that our views can change so much during our lives. I think it happens to all of us, I know it’s happened to me with certain things.

  21. Why didn’t she feel comfortable showing people her work?
    What did she do to portray her hometown to the reader?
    I really enjoy the way that this was written.

  22. Why is the author skeptical about people seeing her work?

    If you’re an author isn’t the goal for people to see and enjoy your writings?

    I wonder what this authors motivation for writing was if it isn’t to share her thoughts and stories with others. I really enjoyed the story, she has no reason to be skeptical.

  23. If your an author shouldn’t you accept that people will form opinions on your writing?

    Why does the author think writing fiction is a risk?

    I like how people who read her book thought that they were the insecure character in the book when she was based off the authors feelings.

  24. Andrew Miller-

    Why isn’t Kingsolver more open to criticism and instead seeks to avoid it?

    Wouldn’t stories based on her own experiences be more powerful and detailed?

    She gave an interesting perspective on criticism, but I can’t say I agree.

  25. Why is she so worried about what others will think of her book?
    Shouldn’t she be more inclined to others criticism as a writer because it betters your work?
    It’s great that she was able to portray how your views on life changes as you grow as a person.

  26. Why was the author so worried that people would think she was writing about them if it was fictional?
    Do you think the authors experiences in high school greatly influenced her writing?
    I thought that the author was ambiguous in telling about themselves. I didn’t even realize the author was female until I had read farther into the story, I felt that the author was sharing more about her experience than herself.

  27. How did the author feel when her classmate told her that she was sure the ‘Lou Ann’ character was actually herself and not the author?
    What significance does the the author’s grandfather have in helping her come back to her hometown?
    I liked what she said about fiction and how most of it is criticism of the real world, without specifically calling certain people out.

  28. Is it that the author was insecure about her book or was she just not ready for it to be seen?

    Why was writing a fiction seen as such a risk?

    This section make me kind of excited to see how much has changed in my hometown in twenty years or how my first ten year high school reunion will go.

    – Le’Otis Boswell-Johnson

  29. When Kingsolver says she does not put her life into her fiction stories, how does she know she is not doing it subconsciously?

    Why is Kingsolver so against people in her life being part of her stories?

    I like how Kingsolver describes each family member and tells about one of her memories of them.

  30. Was the use of the elementary school as important as maybe more family members who had passed?

    What causes someone to change their opinions of someone overtime as the people who used to dislike Kingsolver did at her book signing.

    I like how relatable the use of the grandparents who had passed was. Mine are still alive but I can only imagine how bad I would miss the little things they do.

  31. If you were writing a novel that just so happened to mimic your hometown, would you be worried of negative criticisms?

    If Kingslover loved her town and spoke so highly of it in the essay, why was it not reflected this way in her novel?

    When she was describing the small “city” in Kentucky where she grew up, the imagery drew me a clear picture of what it was like and what it must have been like to sell the book there. I also like the mention of New Jersey, represent.

  32. why was Kingsolver so worried about what the people in her hometown thought about her novel?

    what is the significance behind the story of her grandfathers sleeveless undershirt?

    I ultimately liked the story. I thought it was pretty cool how she went from being a nobody to one of the most successful people in her hometown.

  33. Why is it that the people who were shy in high school turn out to be successful in life like the author of this essay?

    Isn’t it weird how a few of her classmates thought the main character in the book was based on them?

    I think this was a good essay. I like the comment about writing with attitude.

  34. How does something that was shipped off in a mad house cleaning rampage turn into a novel?
    Why does her postal clerk having tattoos reflect the type of person they are? She made them sound like they could be a thug or something just because they have tattoos.
    I have like 4 bookstores in my hometown. It shocks me that she has none.

  35. Was Kingsolver the only person from her hometown to leave the town?
    Where does Kingsolver reside now after her book was published?
    Kingsolver seemed like a winning underdog the way she returned in a more profound stature than her peers.

  36. Is Kingsolver, in some way, thankful for her rough childhood and who it made her become?

    Why does Kingsolver care what her bullies think of her novel?

    This almost seems like a story that we’ve all heard many times- underdog gets bullied, rises up and becomes more powerful, and the bullies become nice.

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