In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Prose (Google eBook)

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Open Road Media, Nov 22, 2011 - Social Science - 360 pages
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Walker’s collection of early nonfiction serves as the manifesto of a young artist—and an illuminating self-portrait 

What is a womanist? Alice Walker sets out to define the concept in this anthology of early essays and other nonfiction pieces. As she outlines it, a womanist is a person who prefers to side with the oppressed: with women, with people of color, with the poor. As a writer, Walker has always taken such people as her primary subjects, and her search for paths toward self-possession and freedom always holds out hope for the transformative power of compassion and love. Whether she’s taking on nuclear proliferation, the promise and problems of the civil rights movement, or her own creative process, Walker always brings to bear a fearless determination to tell the truth.  

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Alice Walker including rare photos from the author’s personal collection. 
  

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Alice Walker has a natural talent for essay writing. - Goodreads
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Some stories were really strong. Loved the ending. Walker clearly has a deep love for Hurston. I think it limited her interpretation of Their Eyes Were Watching God. Read full review

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A great book of enduring strength and finding one's self in this world. Read full review

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Contents

PART ONE
THE IMPORTANCE OF MODELS IN THE ARTISTS LIFE
THE BLACK WRITER AND THE SOUTHERN EXPERIENCE
BUT YET AND STILL THE COTTON GIN KEPT ON WORKING
CONVOCATION 1972
THE RECONSTRUCTION OF FLANNERY OCONNOR
THE DIVIDED LIFE OF JEAN TOOMER
A WRITER BECAUSE OF NOT IN SPITE OF HER CHILDREN
PART THREE
IN SEARCH OF OUR MOTHERS GARDENS
FROM AN INTERVIEW
A LETTER TO THE EDITOR OF MS
BREAKING CHAINS AND ENCOURAGING LIFE
IF THE PRESENT LOOKS LIKE THE PAST WHAT DOES THE FUTURE LOOK LIKE?
LOOKING TO THE SIDE AND BACK
TO THE BLACK SCHOLAR

THE WRITINGS OF REBECCA JACKSON
A CAUTIONARY TALE AND A PARTISAN VIEW
LOOKING FOR ZORA
PART TWO
WHAT GOOD WAS IT?
THE UNGLAMOROUS BUT WORTHWHILE DUTIES OF THE BLACK REVOLUTIONARY ARTIST OR OF THE BLACK WRITER WHO SIMP...
THE ALMOST YEAR
A TRIBUTE TO DR MARTIN LUTHER KING JR
CORETTA KING REVISITED
CHOOSING TO STAY AT HOME TEN YEARS AFTER THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON
UNCOLLECTED WRITINGS OF SOCIAL PROTEST
MAKING THE MOVES AND THE MOVIES WE WANT
LULLS
MY FATHERS COUNTRY IS THE POOR
RECORDING THE SEASONS
BROTHERS AND SISTERS
PART FOUR
SILVER WRITES
ONLY JUSTICE CAN STOP A CURSE
WHAT YOU CAN DO
TO THE EDITORS OF MS MAGAZINE
WRITING THE COLOR PURPLE
WHEN THE OTHER DANCER IS THE SELF
A MEANINGFUL DIGRESSION WITHIN THE WORKS
A Biography of Alice Walker
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
EBOOKS BY ALICE WALKER
Videos Archival Documents and New Releases
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Alice Walker (b. 1944), one of the United States’ preeminent writers, is an award-winning author of novels, stories, essays, and poetry. In 1983, Walker became the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for fiction with her novel The Color Purple, which also won the National Book Award. Her other novels include The Third Life of Grange Copeland, Meridian, The Temple of My Familiar, and Possessing the Secret of Joy. In her public life, Walker has worked to address problems of injustice, inequality, and poverty as an activist, teacher, and public intellectual.

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