The Chicken Chronicles Sitting With the Angels Who Have Returned With My Memories: Glorious, Rufus, Gertrude Stein, Splendor, Hortensia, Agnes of God, the Gladyses, & Babe (Paperback)
|Author: Alice Walker|
|On a farm north of San Francisco, celebrated writer Walker diligently cares for a flock of chickens. "The Chicken Chronicles" captures her blossoming relationship with her chickens and is an extraordinary document of personal recovery, political commitment, and the joys of relating to animals.|
Alice Walker's parents were sharecroppers, and she grew up in a small Georgia town. When she was 8, an accident with a BB gun damaged one eye, resulting in a partial loss of sight. She studied at Spelman College on a scholarship for the handicapped, but eventually, in 1965, got her B.A. at Sarah Lawrence. After college, she worked in Georgia registering voters, then with the Head Start program in Mississippi and the welfare department in New York City. She began to write, publishing her first novel, MERIDIAN, which reflected her experiences working in Georgia, in 1967. In that year she also married a civil rights lawyer, whom she divorced ten years later. Walker published two novels, two books of short stories, and a great deal of poetry before THE COLOR PURPLE came out in 1982, followed by Stephen Spielberg's popular film and (in 1983) the Pulitzer Prize. Much of Walker's early writing is autobiographical, drawn from her childhood and activism; in her later years, she calls herself a "womanist" writer, concentrating on sexism as well as racism. She is a tireless spokesperson for the value of African-American traditions and culture, and for the common people who cannot speak for themselves.