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Introduction by Patricia Holt

Throughout her distinguished career, Alice Walker's work has been at the center of controversies around language, censorship, truth and art. Alice Walker Banned explores just what it is that various groups have found so threatening in Walker's work, bringing together the short stories "Roselily" and "Am I Blue?," an excerpt from the novel The C
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Hardcover, 112 pages
Published June 1st 1996 by Aunt Lute Books
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Erin
Apr 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-loan
Came across this slim volume by chance while looking for You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down in the library. It is comprised of a short introduction outlining the controversy surrounding Walker's work in California schools, the two short stories that were in question, the beginning of The Color Purple and an appendix with pro/con letters to the editor and a partial transcript of the school board meeting.

I read it in one sitting and it restored my interest in reading short stories given the last col
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Spencer Fancutt
Dec 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting read. Covers the circumstances and debate surrounding the banning (or in many cases, just removal as a curriculum item) of some of Alice Walker's work. Includes two fine short pieces and excerpts from The Color Purple. Most interesting to me were the transcripts in the appendices of statements from figures on all sides of the debate from the Traditional Values Committee to the NAACP. Worthwhile. ...more
The Black Syllabus
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Banned is a small collection of works by Alice Walker, including two short stories, Roselily and Am I Blue?, and an excerpt from The Color Purple. The collection gets its name because all three of these stories were subject to censorship at some point. Walker demonstrates her beautiful storytelling ability by painting a vivid inescapable image with her words. All of these stories tell relatable narratives not often told from this particular perspective.

Roselily, reading like a spoken word piece,
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Shomeret
I have to say that I didn't think much of the stories "Roselily" and "Am I Blue?". They were too overtly didactic without much in the way of plot or characterization. These are the stories that weren't considered appropriate for an exam for 10th graders. I don't think that 10th graders need to be protected from them regardless of my opinion of them as literature.

The book includes testimony given at the hearing about removing the stories. I was impressed by the argument given by the librarian Zit
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stellajames
Feb 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
Actually, five stars for Walker's excerpts which I already read in their completed forms. Three for most of the rest. NOT what I expected. I thought the whole book was Alice Walker! It is mostly transcripts from arguments for and against banning two of her pieces by the California school district from a standardized test. No other name was on the book, leading me to believe "Banned" was written by Walker. Don't be fooled, it isn't. Bah.
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Katie Turner
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great excerpts that prove you don't need to read ten volumes of "high theory" to exercise your mind muscle. Am I Blue? is truly impactful and insightful. Walker's story about marriage engages readers to think about how traditional institutions like marriage and religion intersect with race, civil rights and gender--and how the latter is often at odds with race-centered rights movements. ...more
Ficie
Nov 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
A very short book -just a couple of short stories, excerpts from "The colour purple" and some info - but quite interesting. I liked the story "Am I Blue?" and the details of the ridiculous controversy it caused. ...more
Georgia
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is an important book in the new era of protests to freedom of speech. I am giving this to my tenth grader because I think that it is important for my tenth grader to think critically as the excerpts from Alice's work were originally intended. ...more
Emily Wade
Sep 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Loved the stories by Alice Walker, but was hoping to find a book that was just her stories. The information on why her books were banned were interesting.
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Alice Walker, 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, and Possessi ...more

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