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Well-Read Black Girl

Glory Edim
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Glory Edim

Remember that moment when you first encountered a character who seemed to be written just for you? That feeling of belonging remains with readers the rest of their lives - but not everyone regularly sees themselves reflected on the pages of a book.In this timely anthology, Glory Edim, founder of the online community, Well-Read Black Girl, brings together original essays by some of America's best black women writers to shine a light on how important it is that we all - regardless of gender, race, religion, or ability - have the opportunity to find ourselves in literature. Whether it's learning about the complexities of femalehood from Zora Neale Hurston and Toni Morrison, finding a new type of love in The Color Purple, or using mythology to craft an alternative black future, each essay reminds us why we turn to books in times of both struggle and relaxation. As she has done with her book club-turned-online community, Edim has created a space where black women's writing, knowledge and life experiences are lifted up, to be shared with all readers who value the power of a story to help us understand the world, and ourselves.Contributors include: Jesmyn Ward (Sing, Unburied, Sing), Lynn Nottage (Sweat), Jacqueline Woodson (Another Brooklyn), Gabourey Sidibe (This Is Just My Face), Morgan Jerkins (This Will Be My Undoing), Tayari Jones (An American Marriage), Rebecca Walker (Black, White and Jewish), and Barbara Smith (Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology).

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Taking the Arrow out of the Heart

Alice Walker
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Alice Walker

Alice Walker, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning modern classic, The Color Purple, returns with a poetry collection that is both playfully imaginative and intensely moving. In Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart, Alice Walker examines our troubled times, while also chronicling a life well-lived. From poems of painful self-inquiry, to celebrating the simple beauty of everyday life, 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 exploring the necessity of beauty to the spirit, Walker demonstrates that she remains a revolutionary poet and an inspiration to generations of fans.

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The Color Purple

Alice Walker
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Alice Walker
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The Alice Walker Collection

Alice Walker
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Alice Walker

This stunning ebook collection brings together the complete works of Alice Walker's prose fiction and includes:THE THIRD LIFE OF GRANGE COPELAND;MERIDIAN;THE COLOR PURPLE;THE TEMPLE OF MY FAMILIAR;THE COMPLETE STORIES;BY THE LIGHT OF MY FATHER'S SMILE;THE WAY FORWARD IS WITH A BROKEN HEART; andNOW IS THE TIME TO OPEN YOUR HEART.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.

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The Alice Walker Collection

Alice Walker
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Alice Walker

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; andTHE CHICKEN CHRONICLESWhether 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.

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By the Light of My Father's Smile

Alice Walker
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Alice Walker

'Alice Walker in this, the most beautiful, the most compassionate, the most sensuous of novels, has created a masterpiece. It is one of the most life-enhancing novels you could hope to read. Flawless' Mary Louden, THE TIMES'All your life you have the necessary illusion that you know all there is to know about heartbreak. I hate to the one to tell you about the heartbreak you will experience after you die . . .'A family goes to the remote sierras of Mexico - the writer-to--be Susannah; her sister Magdalena; their father and mother. There, amid indigenous people called the Mundo, they begin an encounter that will change them more than they ever could have dreamed. This is a deeply sensual novel that explores the richness of female sexuality as a celebration of life, affirming the belief 'that it is the triumphant heart, not the conquered heart, that forgives. And that love is both timeless and beyond'.

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The Third Life of Grange Copeland

Alice Walker
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Alice Walker

Alice Walker's powerful first novel.Alice Walker's first book recounts the lives of three generations growing up in Georgia, where the author herself grew up. Grange Copeland is a black tenant farmer who is forced to leave his land and family in search of a better future. He heads North but discovers that the racism and poverty he experienced in the South are, in fact, everywhere. When he returns to Georgia years later he finds that his son Brownfield has been imprisoned for the murder of his wife. But hope comes in the form of the third generation as the guardian of the couple's youngest daughter, Grange Copeland, who glimpses a chance of both spiritual and social freedom.

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Alice Walker: Living by the Word

Alice Walker
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Alice Walker

'An extraordinarily diverse collection; pure Walker, fresh-eyed and sassy' NEW YORK TIMESLiving by the Word is a memorable collection of essays, letters and journal extracts from Pulitzer Prize winner, Alice Walker.In her own immaculate prose, Alice Walker opens an intimate window to her world - whether it be her troubled relationship with her father, her upbringing amidst the poverty of rural Georgia, her daughter Rebecca, or simply her joy in choosing plants for her garden, planning the colours of her home, or relishing the taste of freshly picked vegetables. In other essays she explores themes such as the nature of dreams, justice, folklore and the role of ancestors. She details the story of Dessie Woods who was sent to jail for murdering her would-be rapist and highlights the role of racism and prejudice in the law's treatment of black women.Finally we travel with her on her journey to China, to Bali, and a visit to Nine Miles - the birthplace of the legendary Bob Marley.

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Meridian

Alice Walker
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Alice Walker
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The Temple of My Familiar

Alice Walker
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Alice Walker

'A romance of the last 500,000 years' from the Pulitzer prize winning author of THE COLOR PURPLE.A visionary cast of characters weave together their past and present in a brilliantly intricate tapestry of tales.It is the story of the dispossessed and displaced, of peoples whose history is ancient and whose future is yet to come.Here we meet Lissie, a woman of many pasts; Arveyda the great guitarist and his Latin American wife who has had to flee her homeland; Suwelo, the history teacher, and his former wife Fanny who has fallen in love with spirits. Hovering tantalisingly above their stories are Miss Celie and Shug, the beloved characters from THE COLOUR PURPLE.

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Alice Walker: Collected Poems

Alice Walker
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Alice Walker

The collected poems of the Pulitzer Prize winning author of THE COLOR PURPLE.'I am the womanoffering two flowerswhose roots are twin.Justice and HopeHope and JusticeLet us begin'Alice Walker has been writing poetry since the summer of 1965, when she travelled to East Africa and began the collection ONCE while sitting beneath a tree facing Mount Kenya.Encompassing the collections ONCE, REVOLUTIONARY PETUNIAS & OTHER POEMS, GOOD NIGHT WILLIE LEE I'LL SEE YOU IN THE MORNING, and HORSES MAKE A LANDSCAPE LOOK MORE BEAUTIFUL as well as other poems, this is a wonderful, surprising, entertaining collection that offers a historical perspective on the evolution of both the poetry itself and the political and spiritual inspiration behind it.

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In Search of Our Mother's Gardens

Alice Walker
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Alice Walker

The first collection of Alice Walker's non-fiction spanning fifteen years in the career of this remarkable writer.This collection of essays is a celebration of the legacy of creativity - especially the rich vein of women's stories and spirituality through the ages and how they nourish the present.Alice Walker traces the umbilical thread linking writers through history - from her discovery of Zora Neale Hurston and her collections of black folklore, to the work of Jean Toomer, Buchi Emecheta and Flannery O'Connor. She also looks back at the highs and lows of the civil rights movement, her early political development, and the place of women's traditions in art.Coining the expression 'womanist prose', these are essays that value women's culture and strength, and the handing on of the creative spark from one generation to another.

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The Complete Stories

Alice Walker
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Alice Walker

A fantastic collection of stories - funny, touching, surprising - from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of THE COLOR PURPLE'Stories are, after all, like a thumbprint. Unique to the soul and heart they are by creation attached'Comprising two volumes - In Love and Trouble and You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down - The Complete Stories is a rich smorgasbord of tales that showcase three decades of the author's work. They show the immense range of Alice Walker's talent, from humour to stories of love, race and politics, reaffirming her position as one of the most important writers of the past 50 years.

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The Way Forward is with a Broken Heart

Alice Walker
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Alice Walker

From the author of THE COLOR PURPLE, fiction and autobiography blend in this fabulously rich collection of short stories'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'The Way Forward is with a Broken Heart starts with a lyrical, autobiographical story of the breakdown of a marriage during the early years of the civil rights movement. Alice Walker then goes on to imagine stories that grew out of the life following that marriage. Filled with wonder at the capacity of humans to move through love and loss, this is an uplifting read that showcases the authors warmth, wit and wisdom.

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The Same River Twice

Alice Walker
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Alice Walker

The real story behind the making of THE COLOR PURPLE in the author's own wordsIn the early 1980s, The Color Purple was a runaway success, it had won the Pulitzer Prize and Steven Spielberg was making the book into a film.Yet behind all the critical success, Alice Walker suffered an extreme backlash as she became the object of attacks both personal and political.Her detractors claimed that she hated black men, that her work was injurious to black male and female relationships; and that her ideas about equality were harmful to the black community. Such was the ferocity of these attacks that she left her own community north of San Francisco and sought refuge in Mexico.On a personal level, her mother had suffered a major stroke and now Alice Walker herself fell gravely ill with the extremely debilitating condition, Lyme disease. To add to the trauma, her partner of many years announced he'd been having an affair.In her heartfelt and extremely personal account of this time, Alice Walker describes the experience of watching the film being made as she weathered the controversy surrounding it and came to terms with the changes in her own life.

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We Are The Ones We Have Been Waiting For

Alice Walker
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Alice Walker

A timely, meditative book reasserting the power of the individual, from the author of THE COLOR PURPLE.'It is the worst of times. It is the best of times. Try as I might I cannot find a more appropriate opening for this volume'Terrorist attacks, natural disasters such as the Asian tsunami and the flooding of New Orleans, the reality of global warming, ongoing warfare in Iraq and the de-stabilisation of the Middle East - sometimes the future can seem bleak, if not frightening. Yet this is not a pessimistic book. Taking a line from the poet June Jordan who said 'We are the Ones we have been waiting for' - Alice Walker reasserts the power of the individual in making political change happen. In short, we can 'fix things' by focusing on what we share as human beings rather than what separates us. Looking at subjects as diverse as sending our children to war, the rich/poor divide, Nature, the I Ching, modern gender roles, women in the military, and even a piece on her dog Marley, Alice Walker looks towards an optimistic view of the future through a more intuitive understanding of the self and the world around us.

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Now is the Time to Open Your Heart

Alice Walker
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Alice Walker
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The Chicken Chronicles

Alice Walker
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Alice Walker

A memoir about keeping chickens from the author of THE COLOR PURPLEWhen 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 also made her think about her own life and brought back severed memories of her childhood. This book isn't a 'how to' on keeping chickens, it is a warm memoir chronicling her journey and the way in which keeping chickens led her to a fuller understanding of herself.

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Anything We Love Can Be Saved

Alice Walker
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Alice Walker

From the author of THE COLOR PURPLE, a unique collection of essays about her life and her activism'The passion of lyricism that Alice Walker put to such good use in her novel The Color Purple is here in this collection of essays' Fay Weldon, Mail on SundayIn a world where cynicism and political apathy is commonplace, it is refreshing and inspiring to read the words of Alice Walker. For she believes that the things we treasure, and the world we live in, can all be saved if only we will act. Beginning with an autobiographical essay about the roots of her own activism, Alice Walker then goes on to explore diverse public issues such as single parenthood, freedom of the press, civil rights and religion.

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