Alice Walker Books In Order

Color Purple Books In Publication Order

  1. The Color Purple (1982)
  2. The Temple of My Familiar (1989)
  3. Possessing the Secret of Joy (1992)

Standalone Novels In Publication Order

  1. The Third Life of Grange Copeland (1970)
  2. Meridian (1976)
  3. Finding the Green Stone (1991)
  4. By the Light of My Father’s Smile (1998)
  5. Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart (2004)

Short Story Collections In Publication Order

  1. Revolutionary Petunias (1973)
  2. In Love & Trouble (1973)
  3. Once (1976)
  4. Good Night, Willie Lee, I’ll See You in the Morning (1979)
  5. You Can’t Keep a Good Woman Down (1981)
  6. Horses Make a Landscape Look More Beautiful (1985)
  7. Alice Walker Poetry (1985)
  8. Her Blue Body Everything We Know (1991)
  9. Everyday Use (1992)
  10. Giving Birth, Finding Form (1993)
  11. The Complete Stories (1994)
  12. The Way Forward Is with a Broken Heart (2000)
  13. Absolute Trust in the Goodness of the Earth (2003)
  14. A Poem Traveled Down My Arm (2003)
  15. Collected Poems (2005)
  16. Hard Times Require Furious Dancing (2010)
  17. The World Will Follow Joy (2013)
  18. Collected Essays, Prose, and Stories (2018)
  19. Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart (2018)

Picture Books In Publication Order

  1. To Hell with Dying (1988)
  2. Sweet People Are Everywhere (With: ) (2021)

Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order

  1. The Life of Thomas Lodge (1974)
  2. In Search of Our Mother’s Garden (1983)
  3. Art Against Apartheid (1986)
  4. Langston Hughes (1987)
  5. Living by the Word (1988)
  6. Warrior Marks (1993)
  7. The Same River Twice (1996)
  8. Alice Walker Banned (1996)
  9. Anything We Love Can Be Saved (1997)
  10. Go Girl! (1997)
  11. Pema Chödrön and Alice Walker in Conversation (1999)
  12. Sent by Earth (2001)
  13. There Is a Flower at the Tip of My Nose Smelling Me (2006)
  14. We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting for (2006)
  15. Why War Is Never a Good Idea (2007)
  16. Overcoming Speechlessness (2009)
  17. The World Has Changed (2010)
  18. The Chicken Chronicles (2011)
  19. The Cushion in the Road (2013)
  20. My Life as My Self (2015)
  21. Gathering Blossoms Under Fire (2020)

Anthologies In Publication Order

  1. Quartet Of Stories (1993)

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Alice Walker Books Overview

The Color Purple

Celie is a poor black woman whose letters tell the story of 20 years of her life, beginning at age 14 when she is being abused and raped by her father and attempting to protect her sister from the same fate, and continuing over the course of her marriage to ‘Mister,’ a brutal man who terrorizes her. Celie eventually learns that her abusive husband has been keeping her sister’s letters from her and the rage she feels, combined with an example of love and independence provided by her close friend Shug, pushes her finally toward an awakening of her creative and loving self.

The Temple of My Familiar

First published in 1990, The Temple of My Familiar, Alice Walker’s follow up novel to her iconic The Color Purple, spent more than four months on the New York Times Bestseller list and was hailed by critics as a major achievement Chicago Tribune. Described by the author as a romance of the last 500,000 years, The Temple of My Familiar follows a cast of interrelated characters, most of African descent, and each representing a different ethnic strain ranging from diverse African tribes to the mixed bloods of Latin America that contribute to the black experience in America.

Possessing the Secret of Joy

The stunning New York Times bestseller, from the Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Color Purple, reissued in a handsome new edition.

From the author the New York Times Book Review calls ‘a lavishly gifted writer,’ this is the searing story of Tashi, a tribal African woman first glimpsed in The Color Purple whose fateful decision to submit to the tsunga’s knife and be genitally mutilated leads to a trauma that informs her life and fatefully alters her existence.

Possessing the Secret of Joy, out of print for a number of years, was the first novel to deal with this controversial topic and managed to do so in a manner that Cosmopolitan called ‘masterful, honorable, and unforgettable storytelling.’ The New Press is proud to bring the book back into print with a new preface by the author addressing the book’s initial reception and the changed attitudes toward female genital mutilation that have come about in part because of this book.

The Third Life of Grange Copeland

Despondent over the futility of life in the South, black tenant farmer Grange Copeland leaves his wife and son in Georgia to head North. After meeting an equally humiliating existence there, he returns to Georgia, years later, to find his son, Brownfield, imprisoned for the murder of his wife. As the guardian of the couple’s youngest daughter, Grange Copeland is looking at his third and final chance to free himself from spiritual and social enslavement.


Meridian Hill is a young woman at an Atlanta college attempting to find her place in the revolution for racial and social equality. She discovers the limits beyond which she will not go for the cause, but despite her decision not to follow the path of some of her peers, she makes significant sacrifices in order to further her beliefs. Working in a campaign to register African American voters, Meridian cares broadly and deeply for the people she visits, and, while her coworkers quit and move to comfortable homes, she continues to work in the deep South despite a paralyzing illness. Meridian‘s nonviolent methods, though seemingly less radical than the methods of others, prove to be an effective means of furthering her beliefs.

Finding the Green Stone

Johnny lives in a town where everyone owns a shiny green stone. He has one, too, until his mean spirited behavior makes him lose it. His family and the whole town help him search, but to find it, he alone must discover the bright green sun in his heart. A symbolic and sensitive tale about a young boy who discovers that happiness and fulfillment can come from within. American Bookseller

By the Light of My Father’s Smile

By the Light of My Father’s Smile is Alice Walker’s first novel in six years a stunning, original, and important book by ‘one of the best American writers of today’ The Washington Post.A family from the United States goes to the remote Sierras in Mexico the writer to be, Susannah; her sister, Magdalena; her father and mother. And there, amid an endangered band of mixed race Blacks and Indians called the Mundo, they begin an encounter that will change them more than they could ever dream. Moving back and forth in time, and among unforgettable characters and their stories, Walker crosses conventional borders of all kinds as she explores in this magical novel the ways in which a woman’s denied sexuality leads to the loss of the much prized and necessary original self; and how she regains that self, even as her family’s past of lies and love is transformed. By the Light of My Father’s Smile presents, as Alice Walker puts it, ‘a celebration of sexuality, its absolute usefulness in the accessing of one’s mature spirituality, and the father’s role in assuring joy or sorrow in this arena for his female children.’ It explores the richness and coherence of alternative culture, experience of sexuality as a celebration of life, of trust in Nature and the Spirit, even as it affirms the belief, as Walker says, ‘that it is the triumphant heart, not the conquered heart, that forgives. And that love is both timeless and beyond time.’From the Hardcover edition.

Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart

The Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Color Purple, Possessing the Secret of Joy, and The Temple of My Familiar now gives us a beautiful new novel that is at once a deeply moving personal story and a powerful spiritual journey. In Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart, Alice Walker has created a work that ranks among her ?nest achievements: the story of a woman’s spiritual adventure that becomes a passage through time, a quest for self, and a collision with love. Kate has always been a wanderer. A well published author, married many times, she has lived a life rich with explorations of the natural world and the human soul. Now, at fifty seven, she leaves her lover, Yolo, to embark on a new excursion, one that begins on the Colorado River, proceeds through the past, and flows, inexorably, into the future. As Yolo begins his own parallel voyage, Kate encounters celibates and lovers, shamans and snakes, memories of family disaster and marital discord, and emerges at a place where nothing remains but love. Told with the accessible style and deep feeling that are its author s hallmarks, Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart is Alice Walker s most surprising achievement. From the Hardcover edition.

Revolutionary Petunias

These poems are about revolutionaries and lovers about how, both in revolution and in love, loss of trust and compassion robs us of hope. They are also about and for those few embattled souls who remain painfully committed to beauty and to love even while facing the firing squad. Quick, direct, witty, pungent DeWitt Beall, Chicago Daily News.

In Love & Trouble

Admirers of The Color Purple will find in these stories more evidenceof Walker’s power to depict black women women who varygreatly in background yet are bound together by what they share incommon. Taken as a whole, their stories form an enlightening,disturbing view of life in the South.


This first volume of poetry established Walker as a poet of unusual sensitivity and power. All of the poems in this collection were written either in East Africa, where Walker spent the summer of 1965, or during her senior year at Sarah Lawrence College. Brief slashing poems young and in the sun Muriel Rukeyser.

Good Night, Willie Lee, I’ll See You in the Morning

Vivid poems of breakdown and spiritual disarray. Writing these, Walker says, led me eventually into a larger understanding of the psyche, and of the world. What finally marks this volume is the strong sense of change and, ultimately, of forgiveness as a part of growth.

You Can’t Keep a Good Woman Down

Anatural evolution from the earlier, much acclaimed collection In Love& Trouble, these fourteen provocative and often humorous stories showwomen oppressed but not defeated. These are hopeful stories about love,lust, fame, and cultural thievery, the delight of new lovers, and therediscovery of old friends, affirmed even across self imposed color lines.

Horses Make a Landscape Look More Beautiful

Alice Walker has always turned to poetry to express some of her most personal and deeply felt concerns. She has said that her poems even the happy ones emerge from an accumulation of sadness, when she stands again in the sunlight. This collection has two fine strengths a music that comes along sometimes, as sad and cheery as a lonely woman’s whistling and Miss Walker s own tragicomic gifts New York Times Book Review.

Her Blue Body Everything We Know

This anthology represents Alice Walker’s complete earlier poetry,from the summer of 1965 when she traveled to East Africa andbegan the poems that would form her first collection, through herpoetry of the civil rights movement and beyond. Revelatory introductionsto each group of poems provide a special insight into the evolvingconsciousness of one of the most remarkable and provocative literaryminds of our time.

Everyday Use

Alice Walker’s early story ‘Everyday Use‘ has remained a cornerstone of her work. Her use of quilting as a metaphor for the creative legacy that African Americans inherited from their maternal ancestors changed the way we defined art, women’s culture, and African American lives. By putting African American women’s voices at the center of the narrative for the first time, ‘Everyday Use‘ anticipated the focus of an entire generation of black women writers. This casebook includes an introduction by the editor, a chronology of Walker’s life, authoritative texts of ‘Everyday Use‘ and ‘In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens,’ an interview with Walker, six critical essays, and a bibliography. The contributors are Charlotte Pierce Baker, Houston A. Baker Jr., Thadious M. Davis, Margot Anne Kelley, John O’Brien, Elaine Showalter, and Mary Helen Washington. Barbara T. Christian is a professor of African American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

The Way Forward Is with a Broken Heart

‘These are the stories that came to me to be told after the close of a magical marriage to an extraordinary man that ended in a less than magical divorce. I found myself unmoored, unmated, ungrounded in a way that challenged everything I’d ever thought about human relationships. Situated squarely in that terrifying paradise called freedom, precipitously out on so many emotional limbs, it was as if I had been born; and in fact I was being reborn as the woman I was to become.’So says Pulitzer Prize winning author Alice Walker about her beautiful new book, in which ‘one of the best American writers today’ The Washington Post gives us superb stories based on rich truths from her own experience. Imbued with Walker’s wise philosophy and understanding of people, the spirit, sex and love, The Way Forward Is with a Broken Heart begins with a lyrical, autobiographical story of a marriage set in the violent and volatile Deep South during the early years of the civil rights movement. Walker goes on to imagine stories that grew out of the life following that marriage a life, she writes, that was ‘marked by deep sea changes and transitions.’ These provocative stories showcase Walker’s hard won knowledge of love of many kinds and of the relationships that shape our lives, as well as her infectious sense of humor and joy. Filled with wonder at the power of the life force and of the capacity of human beings to move through love and loss and healing to love again, The Way Forward Is with a Broken Heart is an enriching, passionate book by ‘a lavishly gifted writer’ The New York Times Book Review.

Absolute Trust in the Goodness of the Earth

The Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Color Purple gives us her first new collection of poetry in more than a decade, poems that reaffirm her as one of the best American writers of today The Washington Post. The forces of nature and the strength of the human spirit inspire the poems in Absolute Trust in the Goodness of the Earth. Alice Walker opens us up to feeling and understanding with poems that cover a broad spectrum of emotions. With profound artistry, Walker searches for, discovers, and declares the fundamental beauty of existence, as she explores what it means to live life fully, to learn from it, and to grow both as an individual and as part of a greater spiritual community. In The Same as Gold, Walker writes of the essence of grief, and of our inherent powers of love and acceptance. In Everyone Who Works for Me, Walker considers, with humor and grace, the frenzy that permeates modern life a frenzy that prevents us from seeing the beauty in everything we do until we step back and take the time to look at and comprehend ourselves and those around us. In The Love of Bodies, Walker elegantly expresses the gratitude and tenderness we are capable of feeling for loved ones, living and dead, and the inescapable emotional connections that bind us together. About Walker’s poetry, America has said, In the tradition of Whitman, Walker sings, celebrates and agonizes over the ordinary vicissitudes that link and separate all of humankind, and the same could be said about this astonishing new collection. Despitethe hungerwe cannotpossessmorethanthis:Peacein a gardenofour own. from Absolute Trust in the Goodness of the Earth

A Poem Traveled Down My Arm

In this illuminating book, Pulitzer Prize winning novelist and acclaimed poet Alice Walker reveals her remarkable philosophy of life. Curiously, this labor of love started with the author’s signature: Faced with the daunting task of providing autographs for multiple copies of one of her poetry collections, Absolute Trust in the Goodness of the Earth, Walker turned an act of repetition into an act of inspiration. For each autograph became something more than a name: a thoughtful reflection, an impromptu sketch, a heartfelt poem. The result is this spontaneous burst of the unexpected. A Poem Traveled Down My Arm is a lovely collection of insights and drawings by turns charming and humorous, provocative and profound that represent the wisdom of one of today s most beloved writers. The essence of Walker s independent spirit emanates from words and images that are simple but deep in meaning. An empowering approach to life…
the inspiration to live completely in the moment…
the chance to nurture one s creativity and peace of mind all these beautiful elements are evoked by this unusual and original book.

Hard Times Require Furious Dancing

Though we have encountered our share of grief and troubles on this earth, we can still hold the line of beauty, form, and beat. No small accomplishment in a world as challenging as this one. from the prefaceI was born to grow,alongside my garden of plants,poemslikethis oneSo writes Alice Walker in this new book of poems, poems composed over the course of one year in response to joy and sorrow both personal and global: the death of loved ones, war, the deliciousness of love, environmental devastation, the sorrow of rejection, greed, poverty, and the sweetness of home. The poems embrace our connections while celebrating the joy of individuality, the power we each share to express our truest, deepest selves. Beloved for her ability to speak her own truth in ways that speak for and about countless others, she demonstrates that we are stronger than our circumstances. As she confronts personal and collective challenges, her words dance, sing, and heal.

To Hell with Dying

For a happy few of us there is the good fortune of having had a Mr. Sweet in our childhood. Someone who erases the boundaries between children and adults, whose praise makes us strong and whose love teaches us what love really is. The luminous full color paintings are alive with the tender joy of the story.

Langston Hughes

When Langston Hughes was a boy, His grandmother told him true stories of how African people were captured in Africa and brought to America enslaved. She told him about their fight for freedom and justice. Langston loved his grandmother’s stories. To learn more stories and bear more beautiful language, he began to read books. He fell in love with books and decided that one day he would write stories too, true stories about Black people. When he was only fourteen, Langston wrote his first poem, and for the rest of his life he was always writing stories and essays and, most of all, poems. He wrote about Black people as he saw them: happy, sad, mad, and beautiful. Through his writing he fought for freedom from inequality and injustice; and his gift of words inspired and influenced many other writers. Pulitzer Prize winning author Alice Walker was one writer Langston influenced. In this moving and richly detailed portrait she celebrates the life of an extraordinary man. Accompanied by stunning paintings by artist Catherine Deeter, Langston Hughes: American Poet will introduce a whole new generation to the life and works of a great African American Poet of the twentieth century, and one of the most important poets of all time.

Living by the Word

This latest collection of Walker’s essays interspersed with journal entries is the most deeply spiritual of her works thus far. Here are her meditations on matters both planetary and personal a powerful collection sure to please readers of her previous masterpieces.

Warrior Marks

Describes a unique film making journey, from Alice Walker’s first letter to Pratibha Parmar proposing the idea of the film, to the many journal entries & observations each of them made along the way. From California to England to Senegal, The Gambia, & Burkina Faso, Warrior Marks follows Walker & Parmar as they interview people who are concerned with & affected by the practice of female genital mutilation. Includes transcripts of their interviews, 3 new poems by Alice Walker, & over 50 photos offering a vivid & poignant portrayal of the people & places they visited. The adventure of two remarkable women who together fulfilled a dream.

The Same River Twice

The Same River Twice is an exciting collection of work based on Alice Walker’s groundbreaking, Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Color Purple. It includes the never used screenplay Walker wrote, never before seen diary entries and letters, as well as new writings by the author on such topics as art, motherhood, illness, and relationships. Walker also discusses, for the first time, her work with Steven Spielberg, Quincy Jones, Oprah Winkey, and Whoopi Goldberg on the film based on her book. As it explores the controversy surrounding the movie and the impact of loss, illness, and fame on Walker The Same River Twice illuminates Walker as woman, healer, and artist.

Alice Walker Banned

Introduction by Patricia HoltThroughout her distinguished career, Alice Walker’s work has been at the center of controversies around language, censorship, truth and art. Alice Walker Banned explores just what it is that various groups have found so threatening in Walker’s work, bringing together the short stories ‘Roselily’ and ‘Am I Blue?,’ an excerpt from the novel The Color Purple, as well as testimonies, letters, and essays about attempts to censor Walker’s work by the California State Board of Education. The introduction by San Francisco Chronicle Book Review editor Patricia Holt offers insightful and ironic commentary on the efforts of the Traditional Values Coalition to pressure the State Board of Education into withdrawing Walker’s stories from a statewide exam, while excerpts from a Board of Education hearing offer views from across the political spectrum on these efforts to censor Walker’s work. a fascinating, frightening book Mirabella an invaluable contribution to the literature of censorship Booklist this book will allow a cooler, more informed discussion of an important debate. Library Journal

Anything We Love Can Be Saved

In Anything We Love Can Be Saved, Alice Walker writes about her life as an activist, in a book rich in the belief that the world is saveable, if only we will act. Speaking from her heart on a wide range of topics religion and the spirit, feminism and race, families and identity, politics and social change Walker begins with a moving autobiographical essay in which she describes her own spiritual growth and roots in activism. She goes on to explore many important private and public issues: being a daughter and raising one, dreadlocks, banned books, civil rights, and gender communication. She writes about Zora Neale Hurston and Salman Rushdie and offers advice to Bill Clinton. Here is a wise woman’s thoughts as she interacts with the world today, and an important portrait of an activist writer’s life.

Go Girl!

The cruise ship Lakonia departed Southampton on December 19, 1963, on a Christmas voyage to the Canary Islands. Three days later, north of Madeira, a fire broke out. In the ensuing confusion and panic, a small group of passengers, including the author’s parents, were left stranded without lifeboats and drowned. Barrington, just nineteen, left England and went to live in a small town in northern Spain. Lifesaving is the story of those three years, of the people, the places, and of a young woman struggling to become an adult in the shadow of sudden and staggering loss.

Pema Chödrön and Alice Walker in Conversation

How can human suffering become good medicine? Through tonglen: the ancient Tibetan meditation that transforms pain into compassion on the medium of your own breath. Pema Ch dr n and Alice Walker in Conversation reveals the revolutionary power of tonglen through a dialogue between two hearts and minds forged in very different cultures and yet deeply joined in the simple practice of compassion. Take a front row seat as the Pulitzer Prize winning author Alice Walker and American born Buddhist nun Pema Ch dr n reflect on anger, joy, fear, and the union of spirituality and social activism. Hear their personal experiences of the ‘giving and taking’ meditation and how it has helped heal their lives. Let their combined wisdom illuminate the realm, available to us all, where the barriers between self and others dissolve. Recorded live at San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts, Pema Ch dr n and Alice Walker in Conversation comes with a 7 page booklet covering tonglen instructions and suggestions for further reading. Audio edition includes a lively Q & A session.

Sent by Earth

Now more timely than ever, Alice Walker’s Sent by Earth reflects on the tragedy of September 11, 2001, and addresses the anger many Americans felt at the presumed perpetrator of the attack: Osama bin Laden. In powerfully reflective, nuanced, and above all heartfelt prose, Walker explores the seeds of hatred and resentment around the globe, and advances a surprisingly controversial theory: that hatred can never be defeated by hatred, but only by love.

There Is a Flower at the Tip of My Nose Smelling Me

There is a road At the bottom Of my Foot Walking me. In a beautifully poetic and gently provocative text, Pulitzer Prize winning author Alice Walker invites readers young and old to see the world and our place in it through new eyes. Glowing colors and radiant images accompany this joyous celebration of the connections and interconnections between self, Nature, and creativity.

We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting for

A beautifully packaged book of spiritual ruminations with a progressive political edge, from the incomparable Pulitzer Prize winner a woman who has devoted her life to befriending the earth. From the Introduction: ‘In fact, the happiness that imbues this kind of impersonal friendship, whether for an individual or a country, or an act, is like an inner light, a compass we might steer by as we set out across the lengthening darkness. It comes from the simple belief that what one is feeling and doing is right. That it is right to protect rather than terrorize others; right to feed people rather than withhold food and medicine; right to want the freedom and joyful existence of all human kind. Right to want this freedom and joy for all creatures that exist already, or that might come into existence. Existence, we are now learning, is not finished! It is a happiness that comes from honoring the peace or the possibility of peace that lives within one’s own heart. A deep knowing that we are the earth our separation from Earth perhaps our greatest illusion and that we stand, with gratitude and love, by our planetary Self. Author of the perennially bestselling novel The Color Purple, Alice Walker has long been a force for sanity in a chaotic world. In We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting for she draws on her deep spiritual grounding, her political conviction and experience, and her literary gifts to offer a series of meditations filled with wisdom, hope, encouragement, and, at times, serenity to a world in need of all these things. The perfect gift for Alice Walker fans and anyone who longs for peace, on earth and within, this lovely volume will be embraced for its wise insights and mature compassion.

Why War Is Never a Good Idea

Though War is Old

It has not

Become wise.

Poet and activist Alice Walker personifies the power and wanton devastation of war in this evocative poem.

Stefano Vitale’s compelling paintings illustrate this unflinching look at war s destructive nature and unforeseen consequences.

Overcoming Speechlessness

In 2006, Alice Walker, working with Women for Women International, visited Rwanda and the eastern Congo to witness the aftermath of the genocide in Kigali. Invited by Code Pink, an antiwar group working to end the Iraq War, Walker traveled to Palestine/Israel three years later to view the devastation on the Gaza Strip. Here is her testimony. Bearing witness to the depravity and cruelty, she presents the stories of the individuals who crossed her path and shared their tales of suffering and courage. Part of what has happened to human beings over the last century, she believes, is that we have been rendered speechless by unusually barbaric behavior that devalues human life. We have no words to describe what we witness. Self imposed silence has slowed our response to the plight of those who most need us, often women and children, but also men of conscience who resist evil but are outnumbered by those around them who have fallen victim to a belief in weapons, male or ethnic dominance, and greed.

The World Has Changed

The World Has Changed: Conversations with Alice Walker includes compelling conversations between acclaimed writer Walker and other significant literary and cultural figures, including Gloria Steinem, Howard Zinn, Pema Chodron, Claudia Tate, Margo Jefferson, William Ferris, Paula Giddings, and Amy Goodman. Each conversation represents a different stage in Walker’s artistic and spiritual development; taken together, they offer an unprecedented angle of vision on her career as well as on her personal and political development. Noted literary scholar Rudolph Byrd sets Walker s work into context with an introductory essay, as well as with a comprehensive annotated bibliography of her writings. Includes Alice Walker in conversation with the following: John O Brien 1973 on her early writing career and inspirations Claudia Tate 1983 on being part of the emerging coterie of black women writers in the 1970sEllen Bring 1988 on her animal rights activism and its importance to her world view and writingClaudia Dreifus1989 on politics and fiction writingPaula Giddings 1992 in EssenceJody Hoy 1994 on her personal philosophyTammy Simon from Sounds True Recordings 1995Evelyn White from Ms. 1998Pema Chodron 1998 on the importance of Buddhisim to her work and writing William R. Ferris 2004 on being a black female writer from the SouthMargo Jefferson A Conversation from LIVE FROM THE NYPL 2005 on her success with The Color Purple and being a celebrityAmy Goodman March 2006 on her politics and activismGeorge Galloway November 2006 on why she supports Castro Marrianne Schnall from feminist. com December 2006Howard Zinn on her Mississippi years, experiences with Zinn as a student, role of the civil rights movement in her work.

The Chicken Chronicles

When Alice Walker grew up in the deep south of America, her family always kept chickens for meat and for eggs and her job was to chase down the Sunday dinner! In later life, when she settled in Mexico and was growing her own food, she realised how much she missed keeping them and decided to get a brood of her own. So into her life came Gertrude Stein, Babe, Babe 2, Hortensia, Splendor, Glorious, Rufus and Agnes of God, not to mention a few others. She discovered a deep contentment in keeping chickens, looking after them and watching them develop. This experience also made her think about her own life her occasional eating of meat, meditating on the interdependence of humans and animals, and brought back severed memories of her childhood. This book isn’t a ‘how to’ on keeping chickens, although there is plenty of detail about the practicalites; it is a warm memoir chronicling her journey and the way in which keeping chickens led her to a fuller understanding of herself.

My Life as My Self

My Life as My Self By Alice Walker Through her books The Color Purple, The Temple of My Familiar, and Possessing the Secret of Joy, Alice Walker is familiar to millions of readers. Who is this woman, who rose from the shadows of the segregated South to win the Pulitzer Prize? How did she find the courage to address with grace and wisdom the most difficult cultural issues of our time? On My Life as My Self, Alice Walker takes you into her private world and summons the powerful spirits and events that have shaped her life: how she learned to fight oppression through her creativity her reconnection to ancestral roots and the natural world and her emergence as a courageous artist, recognized for both her brilliance and her compassion. In this rare, intimate conversation, she peels back the veneer of cultural ‘evolution’ and exposes how we have been conditioned to think and act the way others want us to. When you hear the words of Alice Walker, you will see mirrored in her life the greater struggle each of us! faces: to be who we truly are.

Quartet Of Stories

Offers challenging and original perspectives on relationships, societies and cultures. These are stories of people, especially black women, making their voices heard as they endure, survive, create and laugh together. Stories include: ‘Incident in the Yard, Names and Visit to the Dentist by Maya Angelou; Nineteen Fifty Five, The Flowers and to Hell with Dying by Alice Walker; Love Orange, Do Angels Wear Brassieres? And the Boy Who Loved Ice Cream by Olive Senior; The Dolly Funeral, I Come Through, I Don’t Want to Go Home in the Dark, The King of Swords and Bella Makes a Life by Lorna Goodison. ‘

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