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You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down: Stories

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  1,697 ratings  ·  66 reviews
In Alice Walker’s second story collection, women stand their ground in the midst of crisis




This collection builds on Alice Walker’s earlier work, the much-praised In Love & Trouble. But unlike her first collection of stories, the women in these tenderly wrought tales face their problems head on, proving powerful and self-possessed even when degraded by others—sometimes
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ebook, 167 pages
Published November 22nd 2011 by Open Road Media (first published 1971)
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girl
This is an incredible read and I have dubbed it The Womanist Bible. Fitting because Alice Walker is supposed to have coined the term which “approximates Black Feminism,” in her own words.

I read a review that said words to the effect that the book will not excite people, but those who read it will be 'enlarged.' I am inclined to agree. You are left overwhelmed by the stories (and perhaps essays) in this book. You close the book feeling like you have achieved some unwritten goal of getting close t
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Larry Bassett
This short book of short stories is thirty years old. Some of the stories in the book are over forty years old. That is another era. Some of the stories were previously published in the magazines Ms., Mother Jones, Essence and others. Walker won a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1983 for The Color Purple so you see she can write.

Just to indicate the range of topics here, a few of the story titles are: The Lover, Coming Apart, Fame, The Abortion, and Porn. Just in case you are wondering, there are
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Darkowaa
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Lovely, lovely, lovely collection of 14 short stories. This is a classic and a must read! Most of the stories are pretty deep though. Alice Walker tackles issues from feminism/womanism to porn to death to poverty to fame, abortion, the civil rights movement etc etc. You actually learn a lot from this book. I love how she makes reference to Ida B. Wells and Audre Lorde and other prominent black women who have helped shape (black) American
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Erin
Each and every one of these stories has a moment that takes your breath away - Walker creates this perfect, revealing web of circumstances in each story, only to sum up the situation - whether through the words of a character, or a reflection, by saying so much with so little. I've wanted to read this book for a long time and I'm so glad I finally did. I would love to pull out the most powerful quotes of each story here, but I feel that would do injustice to them as a whole. Read it for yourself ...more
Lily
This was pretty heavy handed. Detailing rape, pornography, abortion, marriage, sex, childbirth, female friendship, revolution and activism, and general injustice, this book was just a little bit too much. I did really enjoy one of the stories, Advancing Luna, which reminded me of Meridian, the other Alice Walker book I've read. But the others were kinda...eh. I'm glad I read it though. That said, I think I'm going to have to take a break from African American Lit after this semester, too sad.
Pamela
I made it over halfway through this mess before finally calling it quits. Some reviewers compared this favorably to Zora Hurston's "Their Eyes Were Watching God." This is NOTHING like TEWWG. Nothing! TEWWG was brilliant, moving, lyrical, well-written, fantastic and any other great adjectives you can think of. This was not. Not brilliant. Not moving (unless you want to call soft porn moving). Not lyrical. Not well-written as pacing was all over the place, story lines were convoluted (not in a goo ...more
India
Love it. Alice Walker is fantastic. She writes stories that make you think. They are stories you can read several times and always learn something new.
Ms. Webster
So far so good!
BoekenTrol
Feb 02, 2012 BoekenTrol rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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Recommended to BoekenTrol by: CreativeChaos
From the RABCK-box that CC sent me, 'just because'. Look forward to read this book :-)

Reserved this book for a fellow BC'er that also takes part in the wishlist tagging game.

An now I have read it, it is time for a review. Although, that a hard thing to do, because this book has many short stories. I won't write about all. Just say some general things about the book and which story I liked best.

To start with the latter: I liked the first one best: Nineteen Fifty-five. I think it came closest to
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Becky
At last! I have learned to appreciate the art of the short story! Alice Walker has put together a collection of strong, buoyant heroines I want to be friends with. And then I want to organize with them.

The back of the book advertises itself as a natural progression from its predecessor: "No longer do her heroines lean toward death or even toward the past; no longer do they excuse the aggression of others; no longer are they suspended in their unhappy condition. The women here claim every bit of
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Drew
Alice Walker's got an agenda. I wouldn't classify her stories as agit-prop though because she's consistently more committed to keeping it real than sticking to the message. Politics inform her writing; they don't confine it. Her references here -- Richard Wright, Scarlett O'Hara, Ida B. Wells, and Audre Lorde -- might be what you'd expect, but her conclusions and confessions are not.
Faith Justice
From the back:

"A natural evolution from the earlier, much acclaimed short story collection In Love and Trouble, these fourteen provocative and often humorous stories show women oppressed but not defeated. No longer do they excuse the aggression of others; no longer are they suspended in their unhappy condition. the women here claim every bit of space they make.

These are modern stories: About love, lust, fame, and cultural thievery; the perils of pornography, abortion, and rape; the delight of ne
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Wade
This is a great collection of stories that cover a range of themes. My favorites are the ones that are entirely mundane yet deeply rooted. Her piece about a Black woman author writing about a white woman's rape by a Black man during voter registration drives in the South during the Civil Rights era...it's amazing. She captures the basic reality of life and its total complications. The short story she wrote as an introduction to a book section of Third World Women of Color writing about pornograp ...more
Jonathan
Gotta thank my friend Jamie for giving me this awesome collection. These stories vividly portray a variety of black women who are complex, brilliant, and often struggling against their circumstances. And themselves. It is hard to read sometimes because a lot of anger comes through the page. It is well-described and justified and I could often relate.

I particularly loved the last story, "Source," about a lifelong friendship between 2 black women, one darker-skinned and one fair.

The only stinker
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Robert
These short stories are at times shocking, at all times thought-provoking and forever a wonderfully written recounting of the black and feminist struggle for civil rights. As an elderly white man, one is left with the depressing realization that for all that one sympathizes with, and supports the movement, one will never fully understand what "it" has been like, and still is like, in the U.S. of A for black men and women, and that there is indeed still a stain of fear (not hatred or loathing), d ...more
Kathy  Petersen
'Tis not much of a surprise that I don't relate to all of these women and their circumstances; and yet in some sense their stories are approachable as those of fellow humans. It only takes a little effort!
Maymunah
3 1/2 stars. The first story in this book is the best. The rest just don't have that spark and haven't aged as well.
Mel Bossa
A very good collection of short stories. 1955, Advancing Luna, and Porn, were my favorite.
Lana
Alice walker is a very strong writer, she writes from the heart!!
Mariana
Great Short Stories. Her writing gets better and better.
sydney
A collection of Alice Walker's early stories, focusing on a bunch of strong, feisty women. I liked some of these stories a LOT (like the first one in the book, which is about an Elvis-type character and the woman who writes the song that launches his career) and found others a bit boring. Walker hits a lot of big-ticket topics here: sex, abortion, rape, prostitution, the women's movement, race. Good train or bus reading.

Mulligan
This compilation of short stories was definitely hard-hitting. Alice Walker tackles big topics and creates strong, no-nonsense female characters. For some reason, I just couldn't get into the book overall. Some of the stories were fantastic and others didn't grab my interest. While I can appreciate the quality of the writing, the book fell a little flat for me, and made me want to read something a lot more gripping.
Shauna Mulligan
This compilation of short stories was definitely hard-hitting. Alice Walker tackles big topics and creates strong, no-nonsense female characters. For some reason, I just couldn't get into the book overall. Some of the stories were fantastic and others didn't grab my interest. While I can appreciate the quality of the writing, the book fell a little flat for me, and made me want to read something a lot more gripping.
Daniel Taylor
Yet another choice from my English subjects at La Trobe University, I hated this one. It was my first introduction to gender politics and it showed me the ugly side. I remember a particular image of a man's hand being described as like a snake. In class we analyzed the sexual and feminist connotations of the description and it's always stuck with me and put me off reading her other work.
Alyssa
This book gave me such a different perspective! I love feeling like I learned something after reading a book when I wasn't expecting that.
MizzSandie
Apr 10, 2013 MizzSandie marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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I TOTALLY JUST BOUGHT THIS TODAY it was on sale for less that 2 dollars at my library and I just saw the name and it rang a bell and I bought it without hesitation without knowing what it was about or from where I recognized the book, and I get home and discover it's that Alice Walker and now I'm just so freakin' STOKED!! :) :)
HeavyReader
I wasn't sure if these prose pieces were fiction or essays. Awkward.

Also, it is obvious that these pieces are Walker's early writing. Some of it embarrassed me. I know that's a horrible thing to say, since Walker is a fabulous writer, a legend, really, but that's the truth about how I felt while reading this book.
Angela.
The title should be, "You Can't Keep a Real Woman Down". There was not a place in this book where I would use the adjective: good. Real, however, came up quite a few times. What is a good woman anyway? Undoubtedly, in discussion, Walker and I would not agree.
[Coming Apart was by far my favorite.]
Sondang
I know this has to be great collection of shorts stories.
But huhuhuhu, berat banget nek, topik-topiknya.
I read the book one short story at a time.
I prefer Alice wrote novel :p
But I surely love the title of the book, and the cover.
See the cover?
Her smile show it all!
QB Bookstore. Rp. 156.000
Elliott
Read and compare with "Gorilla, My Love." Walker and Bambara are thematically similiar but so different stylistically (think jazz vis-a-vis hip-hop). "1955" was my favorite story. Also check out "Every Day Use" in the collection, "In Love and Trouble: Stories of Black Women."
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Alice Walker (b. 1944), one of the United States’ preeminent writers, is an award-winning author of novels, stories, essays, and poetry. In 1983, Walker became the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for fiction with her novel The Color Purple, which also won the National Book Award. Her other books include The Third Life of Grange Copeland, Meridian, The Temple of My Familiar, an ...more
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