==Personal life==
Kingsolver was born in [[Annapolis, Maryland]], in 1955 and grew up in [[Carlisle, Kentucky]].<ref name="Novel as Indictment"/><ref name="At Lunch">{{cite news|url=|title=At Lunch With Barbara Kingsolver|last=Lyall|first=Sarah|format=interview|work=The New York Times|publisher=The New York Times Company|date=September 1, 1993|accessdate=May 3, 2010}}</ref> When Kingsolver was seven years old, her father, a physician, took the family to [[Kinshasa|Léopoldville]], [[Republic of the Congo (Léopoldville)|Congo]] (now the[[Kinshasa]], [[Democratic Republic of the Congo]]). Her parents worked in a public health capacity, and the family lived without electricity or running water.<ref name="Novel as Indictment">{{Citation|url=|title=The Novel as Indictment|last=Kerr|first=Sarah| work=The New York Times|publisher=The New York Times Company|date=October 11, 1988|accessdate=May 3, 2010}}</ref><ref>{{cite news|first=Ellen|last=Kanner|title=Barbara Kingsolver turns to her past to understand the present|date=November 1998|url=|archive-url=|dead-url=yes|archive-date=2012-07-21|accessdate=May 3, 2010}}</ref>
After graduating from high school, Kingsolver attended [[DePauw University]] in [[Greencastle, Indiana]], on a music scholarship, studying [[classical piano]]. Eventually, however, she changed her major to biology when she realized that "classical pianists compete for six job openings a year, and the rest of [them] get to play <nowiki>'</nowiki>[[Blue Moon (song)|Blue Moon]]<nowiki>'</nowiki> in a hotel lobby".<ref name="At Lunch"/> She was involved in activism on her campus, and took part in protests against the [[Vietnam war]].<ref name="Novel as Indictment"/> She graduated [[Phi Beta Kappa]]<ref>{{cite book|last1=Snodgrass|first1=Mary Ellen|title=Barbara Kingsolver: A Literary Companion|date=2004|publisher=McFarland|isbn=9781476611174|page=13|url=|language=en}}</ref> with a Bachelor of Science in 1977, and moved to France for a year before settling in Tucson, Arizona, where she lived for much of the next two decades. In 1980, she enrolled in graduate school at the University of Arizona,<ref name="At Lunch"/> where she earned a master's degree in [[ecology]] and [[evolutionary biology]].<ref>{{cite web|url= |title=Barbara Kingsolver profile |work=St Charles Public Library |date=February 2010 |accessdate=May 18, 2010 |deadurl=yes |archiveurl= |archivedate=June 15, 2011 }}</ref><ref name="Listen Here">{{cite book|title=Listen Here: Women Writing in Appalachia|last=Ballard|first=Sandra L.|year= 2003 |publisher= The University Press of Kentucky |location=Kentucky |isbn= 978-0-8131-9066-2|pages=330–31|url=|accessdate=May 25, 2010}}</ref>