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Alice Walker

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Alice Walker is a novelist, short story writer, poet, and social activist. In 1982, she wrote the novel The Color Purple, for which she won the National Book Award for hardcover fiction, and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
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The Coming
Daniel Black - Oct 06, 2015
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Lyrical, poetic, and hypnotizing, The Coming tells the story of a people's capture and sojourn from their homeland across the Middle Passage--a traumatic trip that exposed the strength and resolve of the African spirit. Extreme conditions produce extraordinary insight, and only after being stripped of everything do they discover the unspeakable bea...
Alice Walker
Dec 13, 2018
In Daniel Black’s extraordinary book “The Coming,” we have an unprecedented opportunity to be with ancestors who probably never dreamed a scribe would one day appear to make their descendants not only imagine their plight but also, by being brought to tears by the narrative, gain access to an emotion that makes us one with them. Shamanic work.      source
Who Asked You?
Terry McMillan - Aug 04, 2015 (first published in 2013)
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From the # I New York Times bestselling authorRemember Getting to Happy, Waiting to Exhale, and How Stella Got Her Groove Back? Well, you wont likely forget Terry McMillans Who Asked You? either (Raleigh News & Observer). When Who Asked You? begins, Trinetta leaves her two young sons with her mother, Betty Jean, and promptly disappears. BJ already ...
Alice Walker
Dec 13, 2018
This novel is a rich celebration of mothers who have, in the age of crack cocaine, been forced to raise their own grandchildren, having lost their daughters to the epidemic. It is word perfect, sometimes hilarious, always honest to the life of its characters and to “ghetto” society. I don’t understand the title of the book or the book jacket art, but the book itself is essential reading for these and future times. I recommend audio for a captivating listening experience.     source
Mom & Me & Mom
Maya Angelou - Apr 02, 2013
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For the first time, Angelou reveals the triumphs and struggles of being the daughter of Vivian Baxter, an indomitable spirit whose petite size belied her larger-than-life presence—a presence absent during much of Angelou’s early life. When her marriage began to crumble, Vivian famously sent three-year-old Maya and her older brother away from their ...
Alice Walker
Dec 13, 2018
This is my favorite Angelou book. It is revelatory about a life of high adventure with her completely tough, gun-toting, charming, fearless and seductive mother.     source
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Perfect Peace
Daniel Black - Dec 06, 2011 (first published in 2010)
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Daniel Black's Perfect Peace is the heartbreaking portrait of a large, rural southern family's attempt to grapple with their mother's desperate decision to make her newborn son into the daughter she will never have When the seventh child of the Peace family, named Perfect, turns eight, her mother Emma Jean tells her bewildered daughter, "You was bo...
Alice Walker
Dec 13, 2018
I am rereading this incredible novel about a young boy in the Deep South who was raised until he was 8 as if he were a girl. A fantastic investigation of gender issues, large and small. Audio is ideal for this book, especially for readers who did not grow up in the South.      source
The Road of Lost Innocence
The Story of a Cambodian Heroine (Random House Reader's Circle)
Somaly Mam - Jul 28, 2009 (first published in 2005)
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A riveting and beautiful memoir of tragedy and hopeby a woman named to Time magazines list of the 100 most influential people in the world Born in a village deep in the Cambodian forest, Somaly Mam was sold into sexual slavery by her grandfather when she was twelve years old. For the next decade she was shuttled through the brothels that make up th...
Alice Walker
Dec 13, 2018
I couldn’t sleep after reading this book. I felt a duty to read it, however, and others like it, to know without forgetting, that for countries devastated by war, often wars “we” cause, or extend by carpet bombing or laying of land mines, the suffering, usually for the most vulnerable, never ends.      source
Gulliver's Travels
Jonathan Swift - Nov 01, 2007 (first published in 1726)
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Swift's masterful satire is as entertaining today as it was when first published in 1726. Written with great wit and invention, Gulliver's Travels has captivated readers for nearly three centuries....
Alice Walker
Dec 13, 2018
I was 11 when I read it and it encouraged me to believe the world was large, fascinating, and with incredibly interesting creatures in it! And I have discovered this to be true! So when I fall in love, for instance, it is never an impediment that the object of my affections might be, or seem to others to be, odd.     source
And the Truth Shall Set You Free
The 21st Century Edition
David Icke - Sep 01, 2004 (first published in 1996)
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David Icke exposes what he calls the real story behind global events which shape the future of human existence & the world we leave our children. He lifts the veil on a web of interconnected manipulation to claim that the same few people, secret societies & organizations control the daily direction of our lives....
Alice Walker
Dec 13, 2018
In Icke’s books there is the whole of existence, on this planet and several others, to think about. A curious person’s dream come true.      source
Down and Out in Paris and London
George Orwell - Mar 14, 1972 (first published in 1933)
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This unusual fictional memoir - in good part autobiographical - narrates without self-pity and often with humor the adventures of a penniless British writer among the down-and-outs of two great cities. The Parisian episode is fascinating for its expose of the kitchens of posh French restaurants, where the narrator works at the bottom of the culinar...
Alice Walker
Dec 13, 2018
“Down and Out” is hilarious, with a humor quite unexpected in the otherwise seemingly somber Brother Blair. I listen to it often (a couple of places are dated and I have to skip) when I want to laugh.     source