At 82, Walker (Jubilee and Other Essays on Life and Literature, LJ 1/90) is one of the most important African American writers at work today, having first achieved literary prominence in 1942, when she won an award for a collection of poems she penned called For My People. These essays represent six decades of Walker's personal and political life. Beginning with the personal, she speaks mostly of her experiences as a black female, writer, and teacher and of her search for freedom. From a political standpoint she focuses on the evolution of black women writers, black culture, Mississippi and politics, and education and revolution. Walker also replays well-known historical facts of black history and the Civil Rights movement, which could have been left out. She's at her best, though, when she's waxing philosophical, reflecting on the many facets of her life and timeswhich one hopes she'll continue in her upcoming autobiography. Worth considering for African American and literature collections.Ann Burns, "Library Journal"