In Search of Our Mothers' Garden

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Demco Media, 1984
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In her first collection of nonfiction, Alice Walker speaks out as a black woman, writer, mother, feminist. The theme of her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "The Color Purple, " is at the heart of several of these essays: black women in relation to their families; their mothers; to each other; to black men; to white society and the world at large. In a number of other pieces, Walker discusses the writing of Zora Neale Hurston, Jean Toomer, Langston Hughes, and Flannery O'Connor, as well as her own work. She also looks at the civil rights movement of the 1960s and the antinuclear movement of the 1980s. Throughout the volume Walker explore the theories and practices of feminists and feminism, incorporating what she calls the "womanist" tradition of black women. And in a vivid and courageous memoir she tells of a scarring childhood injury and her daughter's healing words.

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Alice Walker won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award for her novel The Color Purple. Her other bestselling novels include By the Light of My Father's Smile, Possessing the Secret of Joy, and The Temple of My Familiar. She is also the author of two collections of short stories, three collections of essays, five volumes of poetry, and several children's books. Her books have been translated into more than two dozen languages. Born in Eaton, Georgia, Walker now lives in Northern California.

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