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The Bean Trees

The Chaffey College Book 1999
"The Bean Trees"

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gazebo with wisteria
Gazebo with Wisteria

room with wainscoting

mosaic tile
Mosaic Tile

white pigeon
White Pigeon


Idioms, Slang, and Difficult Words
  • higgledy-piggledy
  • flotsam
  • jettison
  • jetsam
Cultural and Historical Allusions
  • "La Bamba"
  • transients
  • beef shingles
  • bungalow
  • Elvis Presley's movies
  • wainscoting
  • Superball
  • evil eye
  • Tom Selleck
  • mosaic tile
  • Guatemela death squads
  • convenience store
Medical, Natural, and Geographic Allusions
  • bird sounds
  • woodpecker
  • pigeon
  • cobwebs
  • wisteria vines
  • wisteria pods
  • San Diego
  • apopletic
  • marijuana
  • "The Big One," a severe earthquake in California
  • blindness
  • white cane
  • croup
Great Quotes
Page numbers from the large-sized paperback edition
  • "Even a spotted pig looks black at night. This is another thing Mama used to tell me quite often. It means that things always look different, and usually better, in the morning." (141)
  • "I stood for a minute staring, trying to reorganize things in my mind the way you would a roomful of furniture." (145)
  • "I noticed that practically all the kid's drawings had guns in them somewhere, and huge bullets suspended in the air, hanging on the dotted lines that flowed like waterfalls out of the gun barrels. There were many men in turtle-shaped army helmets. One picture showed a helicopter streaming blood." (146)

The Author Chapter One, "The One to Get Away"
Chapter Two, "New Year's Pig" Chapter Three, "Jesus is Lord Used Tires"
Chapter Four, "Tug Fork Water" Chapter Five, "Harmonious Space"
Chapter Six, "Valentine's Day" Chapter Seven, "How They Eat in Heaven"
Chapter Eight, "The Miracle of Dog Doo Park" Chapter Nine, "Ismene"
Chapter Ten, "The Bean Trees" Chapter Eleven, "Dream Angels"
Chapter Twelve, "Into the Terrible Night" Chapter Thirteen, "Night-Blooming Cereus"
Chapter Fourteen, "Guardian Saints" Chapter Fifteen, "Lake O' the Cherokees"
Chapter Sixteen, "Soundness of Mind and Freedom of Will" Chapter Seventeen, "Rhizobia"
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