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The Bean Trees Lesson Plan

Relationship to Other Books

This book can be compared to many of Kingsolver's other novels, including The Poisonwood Bible, Prodigal Summer, and Animal Dreams. It is followed by a sequel, Pigs in Heaven, published in 1993.

Consider other books about undocumented lives, including José Antonio Vargas's Dear America: Notes from an Undocumented Citizen, Diane Guerrero's In the Country We Love, and Julissa Arce's Someone Like Me: How One Undocumented Girl Fought for Her American Dream.

Consider other books about native lives, including Rebecca Roanhorse's Trail of Lightning, Margaret Verble's Cherokee America, and Brandon Hobson's Where the Dead Sit Talking.

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