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The Cushion in the Road: Meditation and Wandering as the Whole World Awakens to Being in Harm's Way Hardcover – April 9, 2013


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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: New Press, The; First Edition edition (April 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595588728
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595588722
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #702,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Walker’s declaration, “I have been a political, social, and spiritual activist for most of my life, and feel connected to peoples and struggles all over the world,” sets the tone and focus of her latest, poem-laced essay collection, as does her characterization of herself as a “person of three colors (African, Native American, European).” Walker traces the roots of these trinities of vocation and identity to her mid-twentieth-century childhood in overtly racist Georgia as she writes of her devotion to gardening and meditation and her remarkable global journeys as an intrepid advocate for peace and justice. Although the book begins with dated, oddly awkward essays about President Obama’s first term, Walker’s compassion, courage, and humor gain strength and eloquence essay by essay. She shares her openhearted views on love; condemns torture and war; offers distinctive perspectives on Cuba, South Africa, and Gaza; pays homage to her heroes, from Howard Zinn to Aung San Suu Kyi, John Lennon, and Julian Assange; critiques books, which she calls “lifeboats”; and assures us that we can all help bring about change for the communal good. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Media attention will surge for this provocative collection by Walker, a revered writer of conscience. --Donna Seaman

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Praise for The Cushion in the Road:
“Walker’s compassion, courage, and humor gain strength and eloquence essay by essay. . . . Media attention will surge for this provocative collection by Walker, a revered writer of conscience.”
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"The Cushion in the Road is quintessential Alice Walker:edgy, demanding, prayerful, loving, and aware. An essential companion for those who wish to be a force for positive change in our perpetually challenging world."
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Praise for Alice Walker:
"Alice Walker is a muse for our times . . . she touches the soul, and propels us to action."
—Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!

"A lavishly gifted writer."
The New York Times

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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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Truly, not worth anybody's time.
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She ignores the horrific terror the West Bank and Gaza Arabs have inflicted on civilians in Israel as though the Jews of Israel are simply of no importance to her.
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Alice Walker is a very direct yet kind thinker.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Artzy Deco on February 8, 2014
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Alice Walker is a very direct yet kind thinker. The book, a compilation of essays concerning recent years, is easy to pick up and put down, but one never forgets it is there to add to the reader's life. The style is contemplative without being obtuse. It is good to read one who is concerned with her integrity rather than humoring the reader with cleverness. She demonstrates what balanced thinking is.
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By Apollo Sun on June 9, 2014
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Truly....this book should be required reading in our American schools.

Moving, heartbreaking, insightful.

The plight of of millions of innocent people living in an Apartheid state and virtually an "open air prison", is expressed exquisitely in her writing.

Thank you Alice, for giving the Palestinians a voice when SO many shrink in ignorance and cowardice.
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10 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Adam A. Waterhouse on August 12, 2013
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There is plenty in this book that I think is great. Alice Walker's warmth and compassionate insight shine forth from many of the chapters. But there is a real problem, which is that she and her editor seem to have gone for the option of throwing every piece of writing into the mix that they could possibly get there hands on - that makes for an experience of confusion as a reader. The Introduction starts reasonably enough with Walker telling us how she travelled to Mexico planning to enjoy a period of quiet meditation and contemplation only to find herself being drawn back out into the world by the assault on Gaza and the prospect of the election of America's first black President. This led her to the understanding that she wasn't inclined to shut herself off from the world of human affairs, and to travel to various parts of the world including Burma, Thailand, Gaza and the West Bank out of a sense of commitment to the well-being of others and to the realization that "my cushion [symbolising her inner spiritual quest],the fountain, the peace, because of my attention to some of the deep sufferings in the world, sometimes seemed far away."

So far so promising.... and I found the first section of the book on Barak Obama pretty good too. On page 23 in an open letter to Obama she offers him the advice not to take on other people's enemies, also advising that "There must be no more crushing of whole communities, no more torture, no more dehumanising as a means of ruling a people's spirit." And on page 34 a good chapter on health care in which she makes the observation "How bizarre it is that President Obama....
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Debra Rhodes, . on September 18, 2013
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My book club has been in discussion of this book for several weeks. In our opinion, this book reflects Alice Walker's transition from some of her earlier works which were dark and cynical to a more optimistic and holistic outlook. The book is very well written and thought provoking.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sylvia Hawley on July 12, 2013
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C-span has a program in which Alice Walker reads a little from this book and talks to people for awhile. Having seen that twice, and each time made notes to myself to find the poetry she shared that day, I bought a copy for my Kindle. Now I see I will need some gift copies for other readers who appreciate and love Walker and her work.

I am just so grateful for this book and that a copy belongs to me that I can read whenever I want to, read it for awhile before I sleep or read it when I wake up.

So far, the book is just so so so nutritious, warming, endearing, bonding, gladdening, completing and calming. It's really a remarkable work for being so plain, so easy and so deep and so unflinching.

I know my daughter-in-law will want a copy. I talked with her about one of the poems Ms. Walker read at that meeting C span is showing. I like her, said the young woman married to my youngest son. I like her too. I wish I knew her. I want her recipe for how to cook collards. I might like to grow up and be her someday.

But for now, she's taking good care of that.

I heartily and unreservedly recommend this book. I suspect it's one of those seminal unforgettable experiences. Because what she shares is so personal and so loving.
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19 of 32 people found the following review helpful By christopher on June 26, 2013
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I haven't read Alice Walker in quite a while (and for the record, I haven't read this book but plan on doing so), but after reading these hateful comments about her (and a great summation of the hatred being launched at her by the ADL), I plan on buying this book next pay period! It's sad that some of our Jewish brothers and sisters are as determined as others to keep the plantation code alive and well for Black Americans. Israel is not above criticism, and not all criticism of Israel is anti-Jewish. Some of the reviewers seem to have copied their "reviews" directly from other publications they've seen criticizing Walker's work without having the human decency to at least let readers know they haven't actually read the book.
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16 of 27 people found the following review helpful By nancy on June 27, 2013
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It amazes me the out lash by specifically Zionist/Jewish supporters of Israel on Ms Walker,just because she dared to speak her mind and point out what she saw as crimes and injustice against the Palestinian people.They come out in herds and attack. Why is that? Aren't people allowed to express what they saw as their experience,measured by their ethical stick? Who said that all should agree with what Israel has done to the Palestinians in the 65years it existed? Who said that all people should be madly in love with the Jewish people ,or any particular people for that matter?Jews should be aware, that they are also judged for their actions, and not just for their religion. They can't hide behind this Anti Semitism much longer. It has been used for too long too often. There are good people, and there are bad people, and if they happen to be Jews when they do the bad things, so be it, that should not give them a waver, they are seeking under the cover of the so called Anti Semitism slogans. It's not Ms. walker we should be concerned with, it's those people who want to silence her and control what she can talk about and what we can't talk about. When Israel and Some Jews want to exclude themselves,then we should worry.
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