“Everything you’re sure is right can be wrong in another place.”
— Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible

I hope you’re as excited as we are to read and discuss this season’s Read With Us selection, The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver.

Sometimes, when I read a book, I can actually feel myself . . . rearranged . . . by the time I get to the end of it. I’m not sure how else to explain it, exactly, but some books just make me see and understand the world in a whole new way after I read them.

The Poisonwood Bible was one of those books for me.

I read it when it was first published in 1998. (I’d been really excited to read it, because I was a big Kingsolver fan already.) I was mesmerized by the book: the unfolding story, the 5 distinct voices of the narrators, the setting, and, most of all, the “lessons” that helped shape my worldview . . . African history, colonialism, and white saviorism.

When we chose The Poisonwood Bible for this Read With Us go-round, I was a tiny bit nervous about it. I have held the book in such high regard since that first (and my only) reading of it back in 1998. What if it didn’t hold up, all these years later?

I’m happy to report . . . it did. The book aged well, actually. It remains relevant and powerful. And I loved it even more this time through, all these years later.

For more information about this season’s selection, you can check out our Read With Us reference page for background info and other “goodies” about the book, including a few just-added items: a map, timelines and helpful details about the conflicts/political situations in the Democratic Republic of The Congo, and some fun/interesting “factoids” about The Poisonwood Bible. Be sure to check it out!

The Poisonwood Bible is currently available on Amazon in paperback ($12.69), Kindle ($12.99) or Audible versions (1 credit). You can check your local bookstores for a copy — and, of course, the book should also be available at most libraries. (EDITED Note: I listened to the audiobook version of the book while also “reading along” with my old hard copy. The book is narrated by Dean Robertson and it is fabulous. Initially, I thought it was Barbara Kingsolver narrating, but no. It is Dean Robertson.)

The book discussion day for The Poisonwood Bible will be Tuesday, March 19, 2024. Bonny, Carole, and I will each post discussion questions on our blogs that day, and then – later in the evening (7:00 pm Eastern time zone) – we’ll be hosting a live book discussion/meet-up on Zoom. If you’d like to join the Zoom (and we’d really love it if you do!) please let me know in the comments or send me an email (link in sidebar).

C’mon along!
Read With Us!