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 Memoir

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 Memoir

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by Alice Walker
     
 

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Here is a glorious, offbeat, compassionate, and "eccentrically inspirational" (Kirkus Reviews) memoir in which Alice Walker shares her experiences raising and caring for a flock of chickens. In pieces that are by turns moving, thoughtful, and utterly captivating, Walker addresses her "girls" directly, sometimes from the intimate proximity of her yard, other times

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Here is a glorious, offbeat, compassionate, and "eccentrically inspirational" (Kirkus Reviews) memoir in which Alice Walker shares her experiences raising and caring for a flock of chickens. In pieces that are by turns moving, thoughtful, and utterly captivating, Walker addresses her "girls" directly, sometimes from the intimate proximity of her yard, other times at a great distance, during her travels to Bali and Dharamsala as an activist for peace and justice. On the way, she invites readers along on a surprising journey of inspiration, strength, and spiritual discovery.

Uplifting, heartbreaking, and memorable, The Chicken Chronicles lets us see a new and deeply personal side of one of the most inspiring writers of our time. It is also a powerful touchstone for anyone seeking a deeper connection with the natural world.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Rich, with offbeat, unexpected details… [an] ideal blend between earnestness and self-deprecation that makes this book so engaging.”
The Washington Post

“With an eye for wonderment and plenty of surprising wry humor… The Chicken Chronicles is work bringing home to roost.”
The Philadelphia Tribune

“[These] poignant and wonderfully eccentric short essays… illuminate some of life’s weightiest lessons. Who knew all of this could be found in a backyard henhouse?”
Utne Reader

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595587749
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
04/03/2012
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
700,291
Product dimensions:
7.48(w) x 5.14(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author


Alice Walker is one of the most prolific writers of our time, known for her literary fiction, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Color Purple, her many volumes of poetry, and her powerful nonfiction collections. Her advocacy for the dispossessed has spanned the globe.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Mendocino, California
Date of Birth:
February 9, 1944
Place of Birth:
Eatonton, Georgia
Education:
B.A., Sarah Lawrence College, 1965; attended Spelman College, 1961-63

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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 2.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasn't familiar with the author when I started reading this book but found the writing boring, arrogant and self-indulgent.
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Zarabee More than 1 year ago
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.