In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose

In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose

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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.

Title:In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780156028646
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    In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose Reviews

  • Cheryl

    Alice Walker's life and writing legacy intrigues me. I stayed with this book longer than I normally would have, since some parts of me couldn't let it go. Walker always seems to speak to my experience...

  • leynes

    This essay collection is fucking amazing! Published in 1983, In Search of Our Mother's Gardens is composed of 36 separate pieces (essays, articles, reviews, statements, and speeches) that were written...

  • Ify

    It took me about a month to finish this incredibly powerful and convicting collection (it's dense and contains a lot of essays, speeches and statements), but I am so glad to have read it. Walker cover...

  • Meen

    Some of these feel a little dated now, but many of them are still so relevant, and that was actually kind of depressing. The ones from the '60s and '70s, talking about what were then still fairly new ...

  • Latasha

    A book of essays by Ms. Walker, who is one of my favorite authors. My favorite ones are the ones with reference to Zora Neale Hurston. This if full of ideas that may usually be linked to feminism, but...

  • E. V.  Gross

    I felt like this was super necessary reading for me as a) a black woman, b) a writer, c) a woman-loving-woman & (burgeoning) womanist, and d) a woman actively seeking to defy categorization while also...

  • Torimac

    I do not remember anything about this book except one lesson I learned from it: Envisoning your future is the key to overcoming your obstacles. This one factor has been key to the nature of my existen...

  • Jeanne

    I first read Alice Walker's collected essays, In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose, shortly after it was released in 1984. Thirty-some years ago, I heard (or remember her saying) that our...

  • Cynda

    Alice Walker has gathered some of her best womanist short writing here: essays, articles, interviews, addresses, poetry. Here Walker writes of topics dear to her heart, including black social revoluti...

  • B Sarv

    In Search of Our Mothers’ GardensBefore reading this collection of essays by Prof. Alice Walker I had read two of her novels: “A Color Purple” and “The Temple of My Familiar” - both novels t...