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Following visits to Rwanda in 2006 on behalf of Women for Women International, Walker was nearly overcome with the aftermath of the genocidal violence, particularly aimed at women and children. On behalf of the antiwar group Code Pink, she traveled to the Gaza Strip in 2009 to witness the suffering caused by the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. In this slim volume, she tells the stories of women and children brutalized by war. She recalls visiting villages reduced to rubble, listening to women mourn the death of their children, sharing modest meals, and sharing stories of her own struggles growing up in the South, the U.S. civil rights movement, and learning the importance of connections to friends and family. She links modern-day atrocities to older cruelties, including the Holocaust and the Trail of Tears. Finding resilience in the midst of atrocities, Walker uses her own voice, as poet and activist, to speak out against injustices in the world’s trouble spots. --Vanessa Bush

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, ALICE WALKER is the author of more than thirty books including The Color Purple and Sent by Earth. Her writings have been translated into more than two dozen languages. From her essays concerning the civil rights movement to her cries for intervention on the Gaza Strip, Walker continually and eloquently calls attention to ignored injustices around the world.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583229175
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583229170
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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, and Possessing the Secret of Joy. In her public life, Walker has worked to address problems of injustice, inequality, and poverty as an activist, teacher, and public intellectual.

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Poempaint on July 20, 2010
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Fabulous book! --very thin book but loaded with mind-blowing information. It has empowered me to be speak out on difficult issues that need our attention! This is worth so much to me personally and also gives me a vision for a better humanity as more of us take Alice's lead!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Oluko on March 22, 2014
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Alice Walker has a way of bringing one into the Center of reality and grounding you here on earth. This is a worthy read for anyone that is alive and values their life.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SameSexParents on January 11, 2014
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I hope i get my money back, just returned it! I can't believe i considered buying this. She should stick to novels!
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