In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens

Prose
Author: Alice Walker
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1453224068
Category: Social Science
Page: 360
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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.

The Temple of My Familiar


Author: Alice Walker
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1453223991
Category: Fiction
Page: 416
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In Walker’s follow-up to The Color Purple, webs of characters are drawn toward critical confrontations with history In The Temple of My Familiar, Celie and Shug from The Color Purple subtly shadow the lives of dozens of characters, all dealing in some way with the legacy of the African experience in America. From recent African immigrants, to a woman who grew up in the mixed-race rainforest communities of South America, to Celie’s own granddaughter living in modern-day San Francisco, all must come to understand the brutal stories of their ancestors to come to terms with their own troubled lives. As Walker follows these astonishing characters, she weaves a new mythology from old fables and history, a profoundly spiritual explanation for centuries of shared African-American experience. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Alice Walker including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

Meridian


Author: Alice Walker
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1453223967
Category: Fiction
Page: 242
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“A classic novel of both feminism and the Civil Rights movement” in 1960s Atlanta by the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Color Purple (Ms.). As she approaches the end of her teen years, Meridian Hill has already married, divorced, and given birth to a son. She’s looking for a second chance, and at a small college outside Atlanta, Georgia, in the early 1960s, Meridian discovers the civil rights movement. So fully does the cause guide her life that she’s willing to sacrifice virtually anything to help transform the conditions of a people whose subjugation she shares. Meridian draws from Walker’s own experiences working alongside some of the heroes of the civil rights movement, and the novel stands as a shrewd and affecting document of the dissolution of the Jim Crow South. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Alice Walker including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

We Are The Ones We Have Been Waiting For

Inner Light in a Time of Darkness
Author: Alice Walker
Publisher: New Press/ORIM
ISBN: 1595585893
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 272
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A “stunningly insightful” essay collection from the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Color Purple (Publishers Weekly). From the prolific writer, poet, and activist Alice Walker, comes a compilation of writing and speeches on advocacy, struggle, and hope. A New York Times–bestselling “collection of righteous speeches and essays . . . is Walker the cultural pioneer back on top form” (The Guardian). Drawing equally on Walker’s spiritual grounding and her progressive political convictions, each chapter concludes with a recommended meditation to teach us patience, compassion, and forgiveness. We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For takes on some of the greatest challenges of our times and in it Walker encourages readers to take faith in the fact that, despite the daunting predicaments we find ourselves in, we are uniquely prepared to create positive change. Walker’s clear vision and calm meditative voice offer “wise thoughts for a troubled world” and strike a deep chord among a large and devoted readership (Dallas Morning News).

Alice Walker

A Life
Author: Evelyn C. White
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393058918
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 538
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A full-length portrait of the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer draws on letters, journals, and interviews to discuss her birth into a family of Georgia sharecroppers, the childhood accident that left her blind in one eye and sympathetic to human suffering, her activism during the 1960s, and her literary achievements. 30,000 first printing.

Discoveries: Frida Kahlo, Painting Her Own Reality


Author: Christina Burrus
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
ISBN: N.A
Category: Art
Page: 144
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"My painting carries within it the message of pain". Frida Kahlo—born in 1907 near Mexico City—learned about pain at a very early age. She contracted polio at six, and then at eighteen suffered serious and permanent injury to her right leg and pelvis in a terrible bus accident. Young and undaunted, she went on to fall in love with the great mural painter Diego Rivera at a time when their native Mexico was going through a period of thrilling political and cultural upheaval. Rivera and Kahlo were a legendary couple—both were impassioned, lifelong communists while fervently attached to traditional Mexican Indian culture, and both were driven by a relentless artistic ambition that surmounted all the dramas that plagued their marriage. Later, Frida became the friend and lover of Leon Trotsky. She was greatly admired by the Surrealists and sat for some of the greatest photographers of her day. Her art largely consisted of self-portraits, like the famous paintingsThe Two FridasandThe Broken Column, though she also left many striking still-lives. InFrida Kahlo: Painting Her Own Reality, Christina Burrus assesses Frida Kahlo’s extraordinary work—a maelstrom of cruelty, humor, candor, and insolence reflecting the essence of a free, beautiful, courageous woman who concealed her physical pain behind peals of infectious laughter.

Race and Colorism in Education


Author: Carla Monroe
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317597680
Category: Education
Page: 214
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As one of the first scholarly books to focus on colorism in education, this volume considers how connections between race and color may influence school-based experiences. Chapter authors question how variations in skin tone, as well as related features such as hair texture and eye color, complicate perspectives on race and they demonstrate how colorism is a form of discrimination that affects educational stakeholders, especially students, families, and professionals, across P-16 institutions. This volume provides an outline of colorism’s contemporary relevance within the United States and shares considerations for international dimensions that are linked to immigration, refugee populations, and Canada. By situating colorism in an educational context, this book offers suggestions for how educators may engage and confront this form of discrimination.

Once

Poems
Author: Alice Walker
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1453224017
Category: Poetry
Page: 86
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Alice Walker’s first published book collects poems written as a student and on her first visit to Africa For readers seeking the origins of Alice Walker’s potent, distinctive voice, this collection will provide ample insight. Composed while she was still a student at Sarah Lawrence College in the late 1960s, these poems are already engaged with some of the moral dilemmas that have defined Walker’s entire career. Luminous vignettes from her first trip to Africa give way to reflections on the flourishing civil rights movement, while an eye for the transformative power of love and beauty run through all twenty-seven entries. Walker’s talents are prodigious, yet it’s her pure moral and aesthetic clarity that impress most in this debut work. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Alice Walker including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

Anything We Love Can Be Saved

A Writer's Activism
Author: Alice Walker
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 030781694X
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 256
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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. NOTE: This edition does not include photographs.

Convergences

Black Feminism and Continental Philosophy
Author: Maria del Guadalupe Davidson,Kathryn T. Gines,Donna-Dale L. Marcano
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 1438432674
Category: Philosophy
Page: 266
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Black Feminism and Continental Philosophy in dialogue.

A Room of One's Own

And Three Guineas
Author: Virginia Woolf
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0199642214
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 294
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'Intellectual freedom depends on material things. Poetry depends on intellectual freedom. And women have always been poor...'In these two classic essays of feminist literature, Woolf argues passionately for women's intellectual freedom and their role in challenging the drive towards fascism and conflict. In A Room of One's Own she explores centuries of limitations placed on women, as well as celebrating the creativeachievements of the women writers who overcame these obstacles.In this first history of women's writing, she describes the importance of education, financial independence, and equality of opportunity to creative freedom. ThreeGuineas was written under the threat of fascism and impending war. A radical articulation of Woolf's pacifist politics, it investigates the causes of gender inequalities and the ways in which women's historic outsider position make them crucial in the prevention of war. Both these works started life as talks to groups of young women, and their engaging wit and informality establish Woolf as one of the twentieth-century's greatest essayists. Their argumentscontinue to reverberate in feminist discourse to this day.

The Third Life of Grange Copeland


Author: Alice Walker
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1453223940
Category: Fiction
Page: 318
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From the New York Times–bestselling author of The Color Purple: A “moving, tender” novel of a Deep South tenant farmer’s quest for a new life (Publishers Weekly). Grange Copeland, a deeply conflicted and struggling tenant farmer in the Deep South of the 1930s, leaves his family and everything he’s ever known to find happiness and respect in the cold cities of the North. This misadventure, his “second life,” proves a dismal failure that sends him back where he came from to confront his now-grown-up son’s disastrous relationships with his own family, including Grange’s granddaughter, Ruth Copeland, a child that Grange grows to love. Love becomes the substance of his third and final life. He spends it in devotion to Ruth, teaching and protecting her—though the cost of doing so is almost more than he can bear. From a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner, this is an “honest sensitive tale . . . leavened by those moments of humor and warmth that have enabled men and women to endure so much tragedy” (Chicago Daily News). This ebook features an illustrated biography of Alice Walker including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens

Womanist Prose
Author: Alice Walker
Publisher: Turtleback
ISBN: 9780606194099
Category: Self-Help
Page: N.A
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A selection of thirty-seven articles and essays by the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer includes reviews of other noted authors, reports on Cuba, the civil rights and peace movements, and autobiographical anecdotes

Living by the Word

Essays
Author: Alice Walker
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1453224076
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 196
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In Walker’s second collection of essays, the author helps readers understand her ambitions as an artist, citizen of the world, and spiritual seeker In a follow-up to her collection of essays, In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens, Walker takes a look at a vast range of issues both personal and global, from her experience with the filming of The Color Purple, to the history of African-American narrative traditions, to global threats of pollution and nuclear war. Walker travels broadly and maintains an eye for detail, resulting in a captivating journey of conscience by one of the most distinctive political and artistic voices in America. Readers will find inspiration and insights in even the briefest entries of this enthralling anthology. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Alice Walker including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart


Author: Alice Walker
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501179543
Category: Poetry
Page: 288
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Alice Walker, author of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning The Color Purple—“an American novel of permanent importance” (San Francisco Chronicle)—crafts a bilingual collection that is both playfully imaginative and intensely moving. Presented in both English and Spanish, Alice Walker shares a timely collection of nearly seventy works of passionate and powerful poetry that bears witness to our troubled times, while also chronicling a life well-lived. From poems of painful self-inquiry, to celebrating the simple beauty of baking frittatas, Walker offers us a window into her magical, at times difficult, and liberating world of activism, love, hope and, above all, gratitude. Whether she’s urging us to preserve an urban paradise or behold the delicate necessity of beauty to the spirit, Walker encourages us to honor the divine that lives inside all of us and brings her legendary free verse to the page once again, demonstrating that she remains a revolutionary poet and an inspiration to generations of fans.

You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down

Stories
Author: Alice Walker
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1453223983
Category: Fiction
Page: 167
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Women stand their ground in the midst of crisis in this story collection by the New York Times–bestselling author of The Color Purple. This collection builds on Alice Walker’s earlier work, the much-praised In Love & Trouble. But unlike her first collection of stories, the women in these tenderly wrought tales face their problems head on, proving powerful and self-possessed even when degraded by others—sometimes by those closest to them. But even as the female protagonists face exploitation, social asymmetries, and casual cruelties, Walker leavens her stories with ample wit and, as always, an eye for the redemptive power of love. A collection that reveals a master of fiction approaching the fullness of her talent, these are the stories Walker produced while penning The Color Purple. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Alice Walker including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

The Alice Walker Collection

Non-Fiction
Author: Alice Walker
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1780225857
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 1808
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This stunning ebook collection brings together the complete works of Alice Walker's non-fiction and includes: IN SEARCH OF OUR MOTHERS' GARDENS; LIVING BY THE WORD; THE SAME RIVER TWICE; ANYTHING WE LOVE CAN BE SAVED; WE ARE THE ONES WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR; and THE CHICKEN CHRONICLES Whether discovering Alice Walker for the first time or finding works by her that you haven't read before, this is a must-have collection from a true heavyweight of contemporary American letters.

The Womanist Reader

The First Quarter Century of Womanist Thought
Author: Layli Phillips
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135919747
Category: Social Science
Page: 504
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Comprehensive in its coverage, The Womanist Reader is the first volume to anthologize the major works of womanist scholarship. Charting the course of womanist theory from its genesis as Alice Walker’s African-American feminism, through Chikwenye Okonjo Ogunyemi’s African womanism and Clenora Hudson-Weems’ Africana womanism, to its present-day expression as a global, anti-oppressionist perspective rooted in the praxis of everyday women of color, this interdisciplinary reader traces the rich and diverse history of a quarter century of womanist thought. Featuring selections from over a dozen disciplines by top womanist scholars from around the world, plus several critiques of womanism, an extensive bibliography of womanist sources, and the first ever systematic treatment of womanist thought on its own terms, Layli Phillips has assembled a unique and groundbreaking compilation.

Gifts of Power

The Writings of Rebecca Jackson, Black Visionary, Shaker Eldress
Author: Rebecca Jackson
Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press
ISBN: 9780870235658
Category: Theology
Page: 368
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The Cushion in the Road

Meditation and Wandering as the Whole World Awakens to Being in Harm's Way
Author: Alice Walker
Publisher: New Press/ORIM
ISBN: 1595588868
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 336
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The National Book Award– and Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Color Purple explores our modern world with “compassion, courage, and humor” (Booklist). Alice Walker once ached for retirement, but in the turmoil of the Democratic primaries and the economic collapse of 2008, she realized she simply had a great deal more to say. Leaving her meditation cushion behind, she found herself traveling the world once again to speak of our intertwined personal, spiritual, and political destinies through ruminations, poems, essays, and letters. At the height of her literary powers, this revered American novelist, poet, essayist, and activist invites readers on a journey of political awakening and spiritual insight. While visiting subjects she has addressed throughout her career—including racism, Africa, Palestinian solidarity, and Cuba—as well as addressing emergent issues, such as the presidency of Barack Obama and health care, Walker explores her conflicting impulses to retreat into inner contemplation and to remain deeply engaged with the world. Rich with humor and wisdom, and informed by Walker’s unique eye for the details of human and natural experience, The Cushion in the Road is “a heartfelt response to a new generation’s yearning for public service” (Kirkus Reviews). “Walker’s concern for the state of humanity and the planet comes through as impassioned and genuine.” —Publishers Weekly “Quintessential Alice Walker: edgy, demanding, prayerful, loving, and aware. An essential companion for those who wish to be a force for positive change in our perpetually challenging world.” —ForeWord Reviews “Infused with a quiet grace and gentle resolve to act responsibly.” —Kirkus Reviews