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Alice Walker: A Life

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Alice Walker's life is remarkable not only because she was the first black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in fiction (the book that won her that award, The Color Purple, has been translated into nearly thirty languages and made into an Academy Award–nominated film), but also because these accomplishments are merely highlights of a luminous and varied career made from inau...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published November 17th 2005 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 2004)
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I left this biography with very mixed feelings. I enjoyed the insight into Walker, but I felt in places that it was too hagiographic. I don't enjoy reading biographies that are ultimately hatchet jobs, but I felt like Walker was presented in such glowing terms that some of her humanity was lost. I was very interested in the description of her childhood in Georgia and particularly the aftermath of the scarring accident she suffered. By the time the book gets to her adulthood, however, she became...more
Sep 18, 2007 Evan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to know about Alice Walker
This is a well written book about the author Alice Walker. That sentence is pretty redundant. The title tells you that much. It goes through her life. Not too much into the personal relationships part of her life. It talks about her novel, short stories, more than just summaries. Well thought out observances. The one disappointment was that it didn't talk about By The Light of My Father's Smile at all or very little and that is my 2nd favorite book by Alice Walker after The Color Purple.
If you're an Alice Walker fan, you'll enjoy this. It's an interview with Alice about her life.
Mary Ann
Oct 08, 2007 Mary Ann rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Alice Walker Fans
Interesting look at one of America's best writers.
Kathleen Hagen
Alice Walker: a Life, by Evelyn C. White. A.
In this book, White reviews Walker’s life, often using Walker’s own poetry to express things that either happened in her life, or that she wanted to accentuate as part of the history of black women. She discussed at length the writing of “The Color Purple”, the making of the movie, and the controversy that surrounded it. Alice Walker often was viewed by Blacks as “trying to be White” while, to Whites, she was Black. She has been married to, or partnere...more
I discovered Alice Walker my first semester in college. 20 years later my Mom gave me this biography as a gift and it was unique to read about Alice's college years. That's such an amazing period of life for most folks, and it almost made me miss being 19. I love how much time the author spent on Alice's youth and formative years. Having read virtually all of Alice's essays, which are candid about her life, there were so many discoveries to be made. I enjoy her fearless honesty, and it still blo...more
Peggy Walt
I really enjoyed this bio and learning more about Alice Walker, about whom I knew very little. A trailblazer and a controversial figure, she polarizes many people, and it seems that that started happening early on her in life. I didn't learn much about how she arrived at her vitriolic views on Israel, and I'm sure there are many updates that could be added since the book came out in 2004. But I loved the style, and the book really made me want to keep reading - love a good biography and this one...more
Adrienne Stapleton
Thoroughly enjoyed this book that traces her intellectual development from her childhood in Georgia to her writing the Color Purple. Walker's work as a writer is known, but maybe few of us were aware of her work as an editor in college and in her early adult life. The author also points our Walker's love in beauty in nature but also in her home. Despite being poor, Alice would place a vase of wildflowers on her desk. I think this simply act is testament to Alice's quiet yet indomitable spirit.
White does such a good job of drawing in the up-close and far-flung touchstones of Alice Walker. It was wonderful to get the story on the woman who has become a real hero to me. It made me appreciate all of her novels so much more, and see where Alice draws on her own life and the experiences she's had. Hard to believe sometimes! Definitely a must-read for anyone who's a serious fan of Alice.
A very enjoyable read, like spending time with a couple of interesting, articulate women (biographer and subject.) White honors Walker here, so it is a very positive portrait we are given.
Ghadah Al_bariqi
I enjoy Reading about Alice Walker' life, difficulties that met, black woman's search for identity and her triumph over sexism and racism.
Kate Barnhart
this is a well-written, interesting book - but it is taking me forever to read because it's too heavy to carry around with me.
Lauren May
This is a wonderful biography of Alice Walker. After reading this book you will appreciate her works even more.
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