In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose

In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose

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by Alice Walker
     
 

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In Her First Collection of nonfiction, Alice Walker speaks out as a black woman, writer, mother, and feminist, in thirty-six pieces ranging from the personal to the political. Here are essays about Walker's own work and that of other writers, accounts of the civil rights movement of the 1960s and the antinuclear movement of the 1980s, and a vivid, courageous memoir of

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In Her First Collection of nonfiction, Alice Walker speaks out as a black woman, writer, mother, and feminist, in thirty-six pieces ranging from the personal to the political. Here are essays about Walker's own work and that of other writers, accounts of the civil rights movement of the 1960s and the antinuclear movement of the 1980s, and a vivid, courageous memoir of a scarring childhood injury. Throughout the volume, Walker explores the theories and practices of feminists and feminism, incorporating what she calls the "womanist" tradition of black women.

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bn.com
This first collection of nonfiction from the author of The Color Purple includes a vivid and courageous memoir of a scarring childhood injury and her daughter's healing words.
Library Journal
Along with the early novels (cited above), Harcourt is reprinting collections of Walker's poetry and essays. Like the fiction, these focus on her pet issues, ranging from civil rights and feminism to the antinuclear movement. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Ben Okri
This is one of the healthiest collection of essays I have come across in a long time. We seldom get writers writing so personally, so appealingly about the need to be saved, about the way in which that personal salvation can be achieved. What she says about the black woman she says from the depth of oppression. What is said from the depth of oppression illuminates all the other opressions.
The New Statesman
Gabrielle Daniels
This... collection of Alice Walker's best essays... reflects not only the ideas but a life that has for fifteen years breathed color, sound... in fiction and poetry - and into our lives as well.
San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
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PRAISE FOR IN SEARCH OF OUR MOTHERS’GARDENS
“Reflects not only the ideas but a life that has . . . breathed color, sound, and soul
into fiction and poetry—and into our lives as well.”
—SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780156445443
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/19/1984
Pages:
420
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.88(d)
Lexile:
1160L (what's this?)

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From the Publisher
PRAISE FOR IN SEARCH OF OUR MOTHERS’GARDENS
“Reflects not only the ideas but a life that has . . . breathed color, sound, and soul
into fiction and poetry—and into our lives as well.”
—SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

Meet the Author

ALICE WALKER is an internationally celebrated writer, poet, and activist whose books include seven novels, four collections of short stories, four children’s books, and volumes of essays and poetry. She won the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction in 1983 and the National Book Award.

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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In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was one which I had the option of reading for school, and I'm glad I chose it. Although it particularly addresses issues faced by women of color, the book really discusses issues that any woman might face in a world still dominated by men (although perhaps not as much as once was true). I found her ideas and feelings easy to relate to. The only drawback to reading this might be that many of her essays might be about people whose writing the reader might be unfamiliar with, especially if he or she happens to be in high school--this was the case for me, but it didn't prevent me from enjoying the essays. If anything, I'm curious to read the works of some of the writers Walker mentioned.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago