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Search of Our Mothers' Gardens by Alice Walker "I have loved
Alice Walker since I was 14. Granted, it has not always been an easy love.
She speaks truths that I do not always find easy to hear. She makes statements
that I have a difficult time agreeing with. At the same time, I find her
writings wonderful, warm and insightful. She has a way of taking an everyday
situation and making it resonate. Of special note in this book is Walker's
(to me) classic essay on Flannery O'Connor. What could very easily have
been a "what this author means to me" type of story, Walkers manages
to tie it up with her own past, her relationships, the legacy of the South
and Catholicism. It's one of my favorite essays of all time, and I am so
glad to finally have my own copy to hold onto and read over and over again.
This book is a good start for those who may have only read the Color Purple,
but would like to know more about Walker. Highly recommended."
Way Forward Is with a Broken Heart by Alice Walker "This is
a beautiful book. It is a collection of related stories about love and heartbreak,
but typical of Alice Walker, it is never bitter. When reading something
that I know is autobiographical, the temptation is strong to wonder which
parts "really happened" and which are made up or embellished.
However, I found myself letting go of that urge once I sank into the book
(which I read in one afternoon). Every word that Alice Walker writes is
true - it doesn't matter which details were made up or changed, Alice Walker
always writes of truth and beauty."
Purple by Alice Walker "As a girl, Celie, struggles through
life while she slowly matures into a woman, she discovers the irony and
hatred associated with life. This woman's life--her personal journal--forms
the incredibly well written story, The Color Purple. However, this story's
meaningful content comes with a price: graphic sexual content and inappropriate
language. Putting this aspect aside, The Color Purple's interesting plot
twist kept me hooked throughout the story; I wanted to keep reading, and
read I did, until I felt too tired to keep my eyes open.
The Color Purple informs readers of the harsh lives of African American
women who lived in the early 1900's. Terrible examples of the discrimination
they received permeate this story, but they help to convey the author's
message: no matter what happens, if you have hope, you will get through
the tough times. Celie, the protagonist in this book, sets an example for
everyone in the world today. Her husband constantly abuses her--mentally,
physically, and sexually--yet she never gives up hope, never stops dreaming
of a better life, and in the end she learns how to live, learn, and love.
After I finished reading this story, I began to appreciate many of the possessions
I once took for granted; I finally realized the cold hard reality of pain
in this world, and even though I may think I can't live through another
day, compared to many other people, my problems are non-existent."
Her Hands : Craftswomen Changing the World by Paola Gianturco, Toby
Tuttle, Alice Walker "In Her Hands: Craftswomen Changing the World
is a gorgeous photojournalistic volume about women around the world who
make indigenous crafts. The crafts, varied and wonderful as they are, are
sold at market so that the women can have an income stream to improve their
economic situation. Money earned this way is most often used to pay for
children's education and improved nutrition. These are often women who live
in abject poverty, many without the help of income-generating husbands,
who are passionate about giving their children better lives. One admires
their focus, their intelligence, and the joy with which they live their
lives, as documented by the two author/photographers, Paola Gianturco and
Toby Tuttle. This is a wonderful coffee-table sized book with glorious images
for anyone who loves crafts, travel, photography and for anyone who thinks
and cares about the lives of women around the world. Well-done!"
Petunias and Other Poems by Alice Walker