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

by Alice Walker

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Overview


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.

Product Details

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

About 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.

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

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xv

1 Pax Ameraucana, or the Chicken Chronicles 1

2 Who Knew What Would Happen Next? 5

3 Four Brown Eggs! Yaay, Space Nuts! 9

4 What Do Chickens Like to Do? 13

5 Perhaps You've Seen Her? 17

6 I Have a Persistent Thought About My Mother's Thumb 21

7 So I Thought We Would Just Go on Like this Forever 25

8 Thank You, Rufus! 33

9 Dear Rufus, Agnes, & Co 37

10 Flying 41

11 Girls! 45

12 How Many Lost on the Journey? 49

13 Gandhi Samadhi 55

14 Mommy is Not Pure! 59

15 The Old Fox 65

16 Enough Mother 71

17 Leaving You 77

18 St. Michael 83

19 St. Michael, Lover of Animals and Children 89

20 The Song Behind the World: The Nuns of Dharamsala 97

21 Sitting with the Angels Who Have Returned with My Memories 101

22 From: Poems for My Girls 111

23 Grandfather Gandhi—And Mommy's Experiments with Reality 113

24 A Few Kind Words About Stupidity 119

25 Bearded Ladies 125

26 In the Night Mommy Hears Mangoes Falling 129

27 Hi, Gladys, Gladys, Gladys, Gladys, Gladys 133

28 Automatic 135

29 Attachment 141

30 Mommy Writes About Hortensia 145

31 Mommy is so Thankful to Have You Appear 151

32 Gertrude's Neck 157

33 The First Day 163

34 Day Two 169

35 Looking Deeply 175

36 Even Bullies are Missed and Loved 179

37 Ha Ha, Ha Ha, Ha Ha! 183

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