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The Chicken Chronicles: Sitting with the Angels Who Have Returned with My Memories: Glorious, Rufus, Gertrude Stein, Splendor, Hortensia, Agnes of God, The Gladyses, & Babe: A Memoirby Alice Walker
For the past several years, on a farm north of San Francisco, the celebrated writer Alice Walker has diligently cared for a flock of chickens. Over time, her blossoming relationship with “her girls” became a source of inspiration, strength, and spiritual discovery, and helped Walker connect more profoundly with her own past as a girl in rural Georgia.
For the past several years, on a farm north of San Francisco, the celebrated writer Alice Walker has diligently cared for a flock of chickens. Over time, her blossoming relationship with “her girls” became a source of inspiration, strength, and spiritual discovery, and helped Walker connect more profoundly with her own past as a girl in rural Georgia. Walker has recorded this journey in The Chicken Chronicles, an extraordinary document of personal discovery, political commitment, and the joys of relating to
Each of Walker’s thirty-eight chronicles addresses her “girls” directly, sometimes from the intimate proximity of her yard, other times at a great distance, from her journeys to Bali and Dharamsala as a witness and activist for peace and justice. By turns uplifting and heartbreaking, The Chicken Chronicles is a new treat for Walker fans, a powerful touchstone for anyone seeking a deeper connection with the natural world, and a celebration of chickens everywhere!
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The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of imparts life lessons and sage wisdom through the care and feeding of a delightful flock of chickens.
Walker (Hard Times Require Furious Dancing: New Poems, 2010, etc.) realized that as a serious egg-lover, it would behoove her to "get to know the chickens laying them." She soon hatched an agreement with a family nearby to raise them together in the rudimentary Northern California wine country neighborhood where she's lived for 30 years. As offbeat as it may seem, Walker developed a profound attachment and an intrinsic contentment by befriending her nine "undeniably gorgeous" chickens. Often found crouched and crowing in her lap and balanced upon her shoulders, the author named each of them personally (Gertrude Stein, Babe, Rufus, Gladys, Glorious, etc.), contemplated their behaviors and researched their varietal breeds. The memoir is, in part, an assemblage of chronological entries from the author's blog, and spans from present-day farming time to her youth in rural Georgia, where she acquired an appreciation for animals and music. The second half of the book includes poems and letters she's written to the chickens while traveling. At their strongest, these short essays are illuminating and wonderfully wacky ruminations from the earth-conscious mind of a "run-of-the-mill mostly vegetarian person." Walker's sage, compassionate memoir is meant to be savored and contemplated; fans will appreciate the devoted nurturing of her feathered backyard brood as the embodiment of a lifetime spent cultivating peace, harmony and the "wonder and spontaneity of Nature."
Life-affirmative and eccentrically inspirational.
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Meet the Author
Alice Walker is one of the most prolific writers of our time, known for her literary fiction, including the Pulitzer Prizewinning The Color Purple, her many volumes of poetry, and her powerful nonfiction collections. Her advocacy for the dispossessed has spanned the globe. She lives in Northern California.
- Mendocino, California
- Date of Birth:
- February 9, 1944
- Place of Birth:
- Eatonton, Georgia
- B.A., Sarah Lawrence College, 1965; attended Spelman College, 1961-63
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This is a book that you will either love or hate I have and love chickens but don't call myself mom Liked her insights on the various issues of the world I would recommend it only to those who have a new age attitude or understanding
I wasn't familiar with the author when I started reading this book but found the writing boring, arrogant and self-indulgent.
I just got chickens in my backyard and was enjoying this book on my Nook. It was great to go through the discovery and enjoyment of having chickens with Alice Walker .... until the chapter on Michael Jackson's death. What this has to do with a chicken dying is beyond me. I skimmed the chapter, only to find the next chapter entitled "St. Michael, Lover of Animals and Children." I didn't buy this book to read about a pedaphile! It didn't belong in this book and I otherwise would have given it 5 stars. I felt like someone interrupted my private reading enjoyment with putrid verbal vomit. She should keep her views on pedaphiles (especially with that chapter title!) out of a book about innocent chickens. I know that she is trying to relate the day to day observance of chickens to people in her life, but two chapters to this utter nonesense will make sure that I never read anything else by Walker.