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Living by the Word is a memorable collection of essays, letters and journal extracts from Pulitzer Prize winner, Alice Walker. In her own immaculate prose, Alice Walker opens an intimate window to her world - whether it be her troubled relationship with her father, her upbringing amidst the poverty of rural Georgia, her daughter Rebecca, her feelings on the banning of the Color Purple, or simply her joy in choosing plants for her garden, planning the colours of her home, or relishing the taste of freshly picked vegetables. In other essays she explores themes such as the nature of dreams, justice, folklore and the role of ancestors. She details the story of Dessie Woods who was sent to jail for murdering her would-be rapist and highlights the role of racism and prejudice in the law's treatment of black women. Finally we travel with her on her journey to China, to Bali, and a visit to Nine Miles - the birthplace of the legendary Bob Marley.
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Alice Walker is one of the iconic writers of the day. THE COLOR PURPLE has sold millions worldwide and still sells in excess of 30,000 copies a year. Alice Walker is a very astute thinker as well as a novelist and she has a real gift for exploring issues that affect her readers' lives. That is why her essays remain ever popular - they feel relevant to the issues affecting so many people. 'An inspired and thoughtful collection by a woman who has not chosen to rest on her much-deserved laurels' Los Angeles Times 'A stunning collection of essays, memoirs, letters, poems and reflections' Punter

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Alice Walker won the Pulitzer prize and the American Book Award for The Color Purple. She is the author of many bestselling novels, essays and collections of poetry including Meridian, By the Light of My Father's Smile and The Third Life of Grange Copeland.


``An uneasy mix of journal entries, short essays, travel notes, speeches and dream fragments, this miscellany by the author of The Color Purple is most satisfying when Walker relates small personal victories,'' wrote PW. Pointed pieces tackle the modern dilution of black folklore, controversy surrounding the film of The Color Purple , nuclear escalation and homophobia. (Oct.)

This collection of recent prose reflects Walker's belief in the spiritual connections among all peoples and between them and the earth that sustains them. It further examines how this precept, and themes of race, gender, sexuality, and political freedom, illuminate her life and the lives of friends, family, and ancestors. Entertaining and often stirring, it ranges widely, moving from observations made on trips to China, Bali, and Jamaica to Walker's views on her connection with San Francisco's lesbian and gay communities and her valuable insights into the controversies surrounding the filming of The Color Purple . Included are public addresses, letters, and journal entries published for the first time. An important book. Mollie Brodsky, Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick, N.J.

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