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In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose Paperback - 2004

by Alice Walker


Summary

In this, 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. Among the contents are essays about
other writers, accounts of the civil rights movement of the 1960s and the
antinuclear movement of the 1980s, and a vivid memoir of a scarring
childhood injury and her daughter’s healing words.

First line

There is a letter Vincent Van Gogh wrote to Emile Bernard that is very meaningful to me.

From the rear cover

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.
"This is one of the healthiest collections of essays I have come across in a long time. . . . What [Walker] says about the black woman she says from the depths of oppression. What is said from the depths of oppression illuminates all other oppressions."-New Statesman

Alice Walker is the author of seven novels, three collections of short stories, three collections of essays, seven volumes of poetry, and several children's books. Her novel The Color Purple won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and her work has been translated into more than two dozen languages. Born in Eatonton, Georgia, Walker lives in northern California.

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  • Title In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose
  • Author Alice Walker
  • Binding Paperback
  • Edition Reprint
  • Pages 397
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Amistad Press, Orlando, Florida, U.S.A.
  • Date 2004-05-17
  • Features Bibliography, Table of Contents
  • ISBN 9780156028646 / 0156028646
  • Weight 0.7 lbs (0.32 kg)
  • Dimensions 7.8 x 5.2 x 1.1 in (19.81 x 13.21 x 2.79 cm)
  • Ages 14 to UP years
  • Grade levels 9 - UP
  • Reading level 1160
  • Themes
    • Chronological Period: 1950-1999
    • Ethnic Orientation: African American
    • Sex & Gender: Feminine
  • Library of Congress subjects African American women, Authors, American - 20th century
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 83008584
  • Dewey Decimal Code B

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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

Citations

  • Library Journal, 07/01/2004, Page 127
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