In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Prose

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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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User Review  - keylawk - LibraryThing

Alice Walker is a formidable novelist and "theologian" in her own right [write / rite / rights]. She is also infamous for defining "Womanist", and for resurrecting the treasure trove of Zora Neale ... Read full review

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User Review  - DVerdecia - LibraryThing

We have all pretty much seen the movie. However, the book was far more detailed oriented. A collection of letters detailing the life of Ciele. This book was an excellent read. A tear jerker for sure ... Read full review

Selected pages


Looking for Zora
What Good Was
The Unglamorous but Worthwhile Duties of the Black
The Almost Year
A Letter to the Editor of
If the Present Looks Like the Past What Does
Looking to the Side and Back
To The Black Scholar
Brothers and Sisters
Silver Writes
What You Can
Writing The Color Purple

Ten Years after the March
Uncollected Writings
In Search of Our Mothers Gardens
From an Interview
When the Other Dancer Is the Self
A Meaningful Digression
A Biography of Alice Walker

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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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