Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Alice Walker Banned” as Want to Read:
Alice Walker Banned
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Alice Walker Banned

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  88 ratings  ·  9 reviews

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
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published June 1st 1996 by Aunt Lute Books
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Alice Walker Banned, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Alice Walker Banned

Community Reviews

Showing 1-54
Average rating 4.07  · 
Rating details
 ·  88 ratings  ·  9 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Alice Walker Banned
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
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,
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
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.
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
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
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.
rated it it was amazing
Jan 06, 2021
rated it really liked it
Mar 02, 2009
rated it it was amazing
Oct 14, 2009
Nancy Dobson Bennett
rated it really liked it
Apr 28, 2021
rated it it was amazing
Jan 19, 2014
rated it it was amazing
Dec 16, 2018
rated it it was amazing
Nov 25, 2011
rated it liked it
Dec 22, 2009
rated it really liked it
Jul 14, 2010
rated it really liked it
Mar 11, 2008
rated it really liked it
Dec 09, 2007
rated it it was amazing
Jan 12, 2017
rated it it was amazing
Aug 09, 2010
rated it liked it
Apr 03, 2020
Joanne Purdy
rated it really liked it
Jan 23, 2019
rated it it was amazing
Sep 27, 2018
rated it really liked it
Jun 10, 2017
Devonne Artier
rated it it was amazing
Feb 04, 2021
rated it really liked it
Oct 15, 2016
Maria Thegoddess
rated it it was amazing
May 02, 2013
added it
Oct 27, 2007
added it
Nov 29, 2007
marked it as to-read
Feb 17, 2008
marked it as to-read
Mar 06, 2008
added it
Apr 24, 2008
added it
Apr 24, 2008
marked it as to-read
Jun 27, 2008
added it
Aug 08, 2008
added it
Sep 05, 2008
marked it as to-read
Sep 18, 2008
added it
Nov 15, 2008
marked it as to-read
Mar 10, 2009
added it
Mar 10, 2009
Fadhia Mahamood
marked it as to-read
Mar 19, 2009
marked it as to-read
May 09, 2009
marked it as to-read
Jun 02, 2009
added it
Nov 08, 2009
marked it as to-read
Nov 22, 2009
Tom O'Connor
marked it as to-read
Jan 17, 2010
Levanah Ruthschild
marked it as to-read
Feb 26, 2010
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Good Poems: American Places
  • The Bastard Brigade: The True Story of the Renegade Scientists and Spies Who Sabotaged the Nazi Atomic Bomb
  • The Math Myth: And Other STEM Delusions
  • Alice Walker: A Life
  • Anne Sexton: A Biography
  • Eunice: The Kennedy Who Changed the World
  • The March
  • Elizabeth Bishop and Her Art
  • Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse: My Life in Comedy
  • Babbitt
  • The Spectator Bird
  • Beyond Biocentrism: Rethinking Time, Space, Consciousness, and the Illusion of Death
  • Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness Are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe
  • Robin
  • Milk Dress
  • The Senator Next Door: A Memoir from the Heartland
  • Women and Fiction: Short Stories By and About Women
  • The Little Book of Lykke: The Danish Search for the World's Happiest People
See similar books…
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

Related Articles

Essay collections offer a unique kind of reader experience, one that can be rewarding in a different way from novels or even other types of...
60 likes · 5 comments