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Gathering blossoms under fire : the journals of Alice Walker 1965-2000 / edited by Valerie Boyd.

Walker, Alice, 1944- (author.). Boyd, Valerie, (editor.).

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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Detroit Lakes Public Library 921 WAL (Text) 33500013592720 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781476773155
  • ISBN: 1476773157
  • Physical Description: xix, 537 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2022.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Includes index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Marriage, movement, and Mississippi / the 1960s -- The nature of this flower is to bloom / the 1970s -- Be nobody's darling / the 1980s -- You can't keep a good woman down / the 1990s.
Summary, etc.:
"For the first time, the edited journals of Alice Walker are gathered together to reflect the complex, passionate, talented, and acclaimed Pulitzer Prize winner of The Color Purple. She intimately explores her thoughts and feelings as a woman, a writer, an African-American, a wife, a daughter, a mother, a lover, a sister, a friend, a citizen of the world. In an unvarnished and singular voice, she explores an astonishing array of events: marching in Mississippi with other foot soldiers of the Civil Rights Movement, led by Martin Luther King, Jr.; her marriage to a Jewish lawyer, defying laws that barred interracial marriage in the 1960s South; an early miscarriage; writing her first novel; the trials and triumphs of the Women's Movement; erotic encounters and enduring relationships; the ancestral visits that led her to write The Color Purple; winning the Pulitzer Prize; being admired and maligned, sometimes in equal measure, for her work and her activism; and burying her mother. A powerful blend of Walker's personal life with political events, this revealing collection offers rare insight into a literary legend"-- Provided by publisher.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 February #2
    *Starred Review* Legendary author and "womanist" Alice Walker connects her past and present in this revealing and frequently heart-wrenching 50-year collection of journal writings. Beginning in 1965, when she was a college student at Sarah Lawrence, we see Walker evolve from naive idealist to battered civil rights activist, young wife and mother, journeyman writer, novelist, and icon. Walker's voice is confessional, spiritual, and rawly emotional, veering from giddy joy one day to existential despair the next. Her romantic and sexual relationships take up significant space (notably her decades-long affair with author Robert Allen and a later romance with singer Tracy Chapman), but it is the carefully sustained and cultivated friendships with such creative and intellectual figures as Gloria Steinem, Quincy Jones, and Howard Zinn and her many reflections on her family that provide most of the emotional heft. Walker is frank about her family conflicts and estrangements, yet she simultaneously describes bonds with deep love and appreciation for what each person brought to her life. Reflecting on her at times abusive father and distant mother, she is able to see their behavior in the context of the poverty and racism they endured in Jim Crow Georgia and ultimately celebrates their tenacity and strength. Walker emerges as a passionate, eternally hopeful, deeply rooted person who wears her fame lightly and who has woven her struggles and self-doubt into unforgettable fiction.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Walker's journals add a new dimension to her profoundly influential oeuvre and will be of great interest to her ardent readers. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 February #2
    *Starred Review* Legendary author and "womanist" Alice Walker connects her past and present in this revealing and frequently heart-wrenching 50-year collection of journal writings. Beginning in 1965, when she was a college student at Sarah Lawrence, we see Walker evolve from naive idealist to battered civil rights activist, young wife and mother, journeyman writer, novelist, and icon. Walker's voice is confessional, spiritual, and rawly emotional, veering from giddy joy one day to existential despair the next. Her romantic and sexual relationships take up significant space (notably her decades-long affair with author Robert Allen and a later romance with singer Tracy Chapman), but it is the carefully sustained and cultivated friendships with such creative and intellectual figures as Gloria Steinem, Quincy Jones, and Howard Zinn and her many reflections on her family that provide most of the emotional heft. Walker is frank about her family conflicts and estrangements, yet she simultaneously describes bonds with deep love and appreciation for what each person brought to her life. Reflecting on her at times abusive father and distant mother, she is able to see their behavior in the context of the poverty and racism they endured in Jim Crow Georgia and ultimately celebrates their tenacity and strength. Walker emerges as a passionate, eternally hopeful, deeply rooted person who wears her fame lightly and who has woven her struggles and self-doubt into unforgettable fiction.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Walker's journals add a new dimension to her profoundly influential oeuvre and will be of great interest to her ardent readers. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Alice Walker, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, is a canonical figure in American letters. She is the author of The Color Purple, The Temple of My Familiar, Horses Make a Landscape Look More Beautiful, The Way Forward Is with a Broken Heart, Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart, and many other works of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Her writings have been translated into more than two dozen languages, and more than fifteen million copies of her books have been sold worldwide. 

Valerie Boyd was the author of the critically acclaimed biography Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston, winner of the Southern Book Award and the American Library Association’s Notable Book Award. She was the founder and director of the MFA Program in Narrative Nonfiction and the Charlayne Hunter-Gault professor of journalism at the University of Georgia. She was editor-at-large at the University of Georgia Press and senior consulting editor for The Bitter Southerner.

Subject: Walker, Alice, 1944- > Diaries.
Authors, American > 20th century > Diaries.
African American women authors > Diaries.
Social reformers > United States > Diaries.
Walker, Alice, 1944-
African American women authors.
Authors, American.
Social reformers.
United States.
American authors > Diaries.
Women authors > Diaries.
Reformers > United States > Diaries.
Genre: Diaries.
Diary
diaries.
Diaries.
Diaries.

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