The Color Purple

The Color Purple
Author: Alice Walker
Pages: 288
ISBN: 0156028352
Available:
Release: 2003
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that tells the story of two sisters through their correspondence. With a new Preface by the author.

The Color Purple

The Color Purple
Author: Alice Walker
Pages: 294
ISBN: 0156031825
Available:
Release: 1982
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The lives of two sisters--Nettie, a missionary in Africa, and Celie, a Southern woman married to a man she hates--are revealed in a series of letters exchanged over thirty years.

The Color Purple

The Color Purple
Author: Alice Walker
Pages: 329
ISBN: 0784816514
Available:
Release: 2009-07
Editor: Everbind
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A novel for secondary school English classes with great writing and important themes.

In Search of The Color Purple

In Search of The Color Purple
Author: Salamishah Tillet
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781683356851
Available:
Release: 2021-01-12
Editor: Abrams
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Mixing cultural criticism, literary history, biography, and memoir, an exploration of Alice Walker’s critically acclaimed and controversial novel, The Color Purple Alice Walker made history in 1982 when she became the first black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for The Color Purple. Published in the Reagan era amid a severe backlash to civil rights, the Jazz Age novel tells the story of racial and gender inequality through the life of a 14-year-old girl from Georgia who is haunted by domestic and sexual violence. Prominent academic and activist Salamishah Tillet combines cultural criticism, history, and memoir to explore Walker’s epistolary novel and shows how it has influenced and been informed by the zeitgeist. The Color Purple received both praise and criticism upon publication, and the conversation it sparked around race and gender still continues today. It has been adapted for an Oscar-nominated film and a hit Broadway musical. Through archival research and interviews with Walker, Oprah Winfrey, and Quincy Jones (among others), Tillet studies Walker’s life and how themes of violence emerged in her earlier work. Reading The Color Purple at age 15 was a groundbreaking experience for Tillet. It continues to resonate with her—as a sexual violence survivor, as a teacher of the novel, and as an accomplished academic. Provocative and personal, In Search of The Color Purple is a bold work from an important public intellectual, and captures Alice Walker’s seminal role in rethinking sexuality, intersectional feminism, and racial and gender politics.

The Color Purple Collection

The Color Purple Collection
Author: Alice Walker
Pages: 1062
ISBN: 9781453276433
Available:
Release: 2012-09-11
Editor: Open Road Media
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Three novels by a New York Times–bestselling author—including the Pulitzer Prizewinner The Color Purple—that speak to the African experience in America. The Color Purple is Alice Walker’s stunning, Pulitzer Prize–winning novel of courage in the face of oppression. Celie grows up in rural Georgia, navigating a childhood of ceaseless abuse. Not only is she poor and despised by the society around her, she’s badly treated by her family. As a teenager she begins writing letters directly to God in an attempt to transcend a life that often seems too much to bear. Her letters span twenty years and record a journey of self-discovery and empowerment through the guiding light of a few strong women and her own implacable will to find harmony with herself and her home. In The Temple of My Familiar, Celie and Shug from The Color Purple follow the lives of a brilliant cast of characters, all dealing in some way with the legacy of the African experience in America. From recent African immigrants, to a woman who grew up in the mixed-race rainforest communities of South America, to Celie’s own granddaughter living in modern-day San Francisco, all must come to understand the brutal stories of their ancestors to come to terms with their own troubled lives. Possessing the Secret of Joy portrays Tashi’s tribe, the Olinka, where young girls undergo genital mutilation as an initiation into the community. Tashi manages to avoid this fate at first, but when pressed by tribal leaders, she submits. Years later, married and living in America as Evelyn Johnson, Tashi’s inner pain emerges. As she questions why such a terrifying, disfiguring sacrifice was required, she sorts through the many levels of subjugation with which she’s been burdened over the years. Hailed by the Washington Post as “one of the best American writers of today,” Alice Walker is a master storyteller and a major voice in modern literary fiction.

The Color Purple

The Color Purple
Author: Allee Willis,Brenda Russell,Stephen Bray
Pages: 72
ISBN: 1423493877
Available:
Release: 2010-12-01
Editor: Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Musicals/Movies/Kids Piano Solos

A Song Below Water

A Song Below Water
Author: Bethany C. Morrow
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781250315311
Available:
Release: 2020-06-02
Editor: Tor Teen
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Bethany C. Morrow's A Song Below Water is the story for today’s readers — a captivating modern fantasy about Black sirens, friendship, and self-discovery set against the challenges of today's racism and sexism. In a society determined to keep her under lock and key, Tavia must hide her siren powers. Meanwhile, Effie is fighting her own family struggles, pitted against literal demons from her past. Together, these best friends must navigate through the perils of high school’s junior year. But everything changes in the aftermath of a siren murder trial that rocks the nation, and Tavia accidentally lets out her magical voice at the worst possible moment. Soon, nothing in Portland, Oregon, seems safe. To save themselves from drowning, it’s only Tavia and Effie’s unbreakable sisterhood that proves to be the strongest magic of all. "It's beautiful and it's brilliant.”--Jason Reynolds, #1 New York Times bestselling author and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature “An enthralling tale of Black girl magic and searing social commentary ready to rattle the bones.” — Dhonielle Clayton, New York Times bestselling author of The Belles At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

The Same River Twice

The Same River Twice
Author: Alice Walker
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780671003777
Available:
Release: 1997-01
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Chronicles the experiences of Alice Walker in the aftermath of the publication of The Color Purple and its winning of the Pulitzer Prize, as illustrated by essays, journal entries, and the author's never-used screenplay. Reprint.

The Temple of My Familiar

The Temple of My Familiar
Author: Alice Walker
Pages: 416
ISBN: 9781453223994
Available:
Release: 2011-09-20
Editor: Open Road Media
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Color Purple weaves a “glorious and iridescent” tapestry of interrelated lives in this New York Times bestseller (Library Journal). In The Temple of My Familiar, Celie and Shug from The Color Purple subtly shadow the lives of dozens of characters, all dealing in some way with the legacy of the African experience in America. From recent African immigrants, to a woman who grew up in the mixed-race rainforest communities of South America, to Celie’s own granddaughter living in modern-day San Francisco, all must come to understand the brutal stories of their ancestors to come to terms with their own troubled lives. As Walker follows these astonishing characters, she weaves a new mythology from old fables and history, a profoundly spiritual explanation for centuries of shared African-American experience. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Alice Walker including rare photos from the author’s personal collection. The Temple of My Familiar is the 2nd book in the Color Purple Collection, which also includes The Color Purple and Possessing the Secret of Joy.

Hard Times Require Furious Dancing

Hard Times Require Furious Dancing
Author: Alice Walker
Pages: 184
ISBN: 9781608682829
Available:
Release: 2013-08-27
Editor: New World Library
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"I was born to grow, / alongside my garden of plants, / poems / like / this one“ So writes Alice Walker in this new book of poems, poems composed over the course of one year in response to joy and sorrow both personal and global: the death of loved ones, war, the deliciousness of love, environmental devastation, the sorrow of rejection, greed, poverty, and the sweetness of home. The poems embrace our connections while celebrating the joy of individuality, the power we each share to express our truest, deepest selves. Beloved for her ability to speak her own truth in ways that speak for and about countless others, she demonstrates that we are stronger than our circumstances. As she confronts personal and collective challenges, her words dance, sing, and heal.

By the Light of My Father s Smile

By the Light of My Father s Smile
Author: Alice Walker
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780307816955
Available:
Release: 2012-03-07
Editor: Ballantine Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A family from the United States goes to the remote Sierras in Mexico--Susannah, the writer-to-be; her sister, Magdalena; and their father and mother. There, amid an endangered band of mixed-race blacks and Indians called the Mundo, they begin an encounter that will change them more than they could ever dream. Moving back and forth in time, and among unforgettable characters and their magical stories, Walker brilliantly explores the ways in which a woman's denied sexuality leads to the loss of the much prized and necessary original self--and how she regains that self, even as her family's past of lies and love is transformed. . . .

The Color Purple

The Color Purple
Author: Harold Bloom
Pages: 201
ISBN: 9781438113760
Available:
Release: 2008
Editor: Infobase Publishing
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

Presents the story of Celie, a poor, black woman who overcomes a life of abuse due to the support of the females in her life. This edition also offers a compilation of criticism on the characters and themes in this novel. It also features a chronology of the author's life and notes on the contributors.

Alice Walker s The Color Purple

Alice Walker s The Color Purple
Author: Kheven LaGrone
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9789042025448
Available:
Release: 2009-01
Editor: Rodopi
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Color Purple is a tale of personal empowerment which opens with a protagonist Celie who is at the bottom of America's social caste. A poor, black, ugly and uneducated female in the America's Jim Crow South in the first half of the 20th century, she is the victim of constant rape, violence and misogynistic verbal abuse. Celie cannot conceive of an escape from her present condition, and so she learns to be passive and unemotional. ButThe Color Purple eventually demonstrates how Celie learns to fight back and how she discovers her true sexuality and her unique voice. By the end of the novel, Celie is an empowered, financially-independent entrepreneur/landowner, one who speaks her mind and realizes the desirability of black femaleness while creating a safe space for herself and those she loves. Through a journey of literary criticism, Dialogue: Alice Walker'sThe Color Purple follows Celie's transformation from victim to hero. Each scholarly essay becomes a step of the journey that paves the way for the development of self and sexual awareness, the beginnings of religious transformation and the creation of nurturing places like home and community.

Color Purple the MAXNotes Literature Guides

Color Purple  the  MAXNotes Literature Guides
Author: Christopher Hubert
Pages: 163
ISBN: 9780738673561
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Release: 2015-04-24
Editor: Research & Education Assoc.
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

REA's MAXnotes for Alice Walker's The Color Purple MAXnotes offer a fresh look at masterpieces of literature, presented in a lively and interesting fashion. Written by literary experts who currently teach the subject, MAXnotes will enhance your understanding and enjoyment of the work. MAXnotes are designed to stimulate independent thought about the literary work by raising various issues and thought-provoking ideas and questions. MAXnotes cover the essentials of what one should know about each work, including an overall summary, character lists, an explanation and discussion of the plot, the work's historical context, illustrations to convey the mood of the work, and a biography of the author. Each chapter is individually summarized and analyzed, and has study questions and answers.

Dreadnought

Dreadnought
Author: April Daniels
Pages: 280
ISBN: 9781682300671
Available:
Release: 2016-01-24
Editor: Diversion Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

An action-packed series-starter perfect for fans of The Heroine Complex and Not Your Sidekick. “I didn’t know how much I needed this brave, thrilling book until it rocked my world. Dreadnought is the superhero adventure we all need right now.”—Charlie Jane Anders, author of All the Birds in the Sky Danny Tozer has a problem: she just inherited the powers of Dreadnought, the world’s greatest superhero. Until Dreadnought fell out of the sky and died right in front of her, Danny was trying to keep people from finding out she’s transgender. But before he expired, Dreadnought passed his mantle to her, and those secondhand superpowers transformed Danny’s body into what she’s always thought it should be. Now there’s no hiding that she’s a girl. It should be the happiest time of her life, but Danny’s first weeks finally living in a body that fits her are more difficult and complicated than she could have imagined. Between her father’s dangerous obsession with “curing” her girlhood, her best friend suddenly acting like he’s entitled to date her, and her fellow superheroes arguing over her place in their ranks, Danny feels like she’s in over her head. She doesn’t have time to adjust. Dreadnought’s murderer—a cyborg named Utopia—still haunts the streets of New Port City, threatening destruction. If Danny can’t sort through the confusion of coming out, master her powers, and stop Utopia in time, humanity faces extinction.

Why Don t Country Flags Use The Color Purple

Why Don t Country Flags Use The Color Purple
Author: After Skool
Pages: 46
ISBN: 0578489244
Available:
Release: 2019-04-16
Editor: Kram Gallery LLC
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

There are 196 countries on earth and none of them use purple on their national flag! What's wrong with purple? It's such a popular color today. Why would no country want it on their flag? Sometimes the simplest questions have the most extraordinary answers! This is the incredible true story of purple! Take a journey back to a time when purple dye was worth more than gold, diamonds or castles. This book was inspired by our original animation that has gone viral across the world. We decided to expand the story and enhance the art. Our mission is to make learning fun and to teach ideas that you won't necessarily find in a classroom.

Alice Walker The Color Purple

Alice Walker   The Color Purple
Author: Rachel Lister
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781137123985
Available:
Release: 2010-06-30
Editor: Macmillan International Higher Education
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

Since its publication in 1982, The Color Purple has polarized critics and generated controversy while delighting many readers around the world. Rachel Lister offers a clear, stimulating and wide-ranging exploration of the critical history of Alice Walker's best-selling novel, from contemporary reviews through to twenty-first-century readings. This Reader's Guide: • opens with an overview of Walker's work • provides a detailed consideration of the conception and reception of The Color Purple • examines coverage of key critical issues and debates such as Walker's use of generic conventions, linguistic and narrative strategies, race, class, gender and sexual politics • covers the reception and cultural impact of cinematic and musical adaptations, including Steven Spielberg's 1985 film and the recent Broadway production. Lively and insightful, this is an indispensable volume for anyone studying, or simply interested in, Alice Walker and her most famous work.

Possessing the Secret of Joy

Possessing the Secret of Joy
Author: Alice Walker
Pages: 286
ISBN: 9781453224007
Available:
Release: 2011-09-20
Editor: Open Road Media
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

An American woman struggles with the genital mutilation she endured as a child in Africa in a New York Times bestseller “as compelling as The Color Purple” (San Francisco Chronicle). In Tashi’s tribe, the Olinka, young girls undergo female genital mutilation as an initiation into the community. Tashi manages to avoid this fate at first, but when pressed by tribal leaders, she submits. Years later, married and living in America as Evelyn Johnson, Tashi’s inner pain emerges. As she questions why such a terrifying, disfiguring sacrifice was required, she sorts through the many levels of subjugation with which she’s been burdened over the years. In Possessing the Secret of Joy, Alice Walker exposes the abhorrent practice of female genital mutilation in an unforgettable, moving novel. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Alice Walker including rare photos from the author’s personal collection. Possessing the Secret of Joy is the 3rd book in the Color Purple Collection, which also includes The Color Purple and The Temple of My Familiar.

Alice Walker Banned

Alice Walker Banned
Author: Alice Walker
Pages: 105
ISBN: STANFORD:36105020713082
Available:
Release: 1996
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Featuring a reprint of Alice Walker's short stories "Roselily" and "Am I Blue?", this little gift book carries a serious message about censorship. Holt's Introduction decribes past forms of literary censorship in the United States and places the contemporary banning of books within that history.

A Study Guide for Alice Walker s The Color Purple

A Study Guide for Alice Walker s The Color Purple
Author: Gale, Cengage Learning
Pages: 15
ISBN: 9781410335654
Available:
Release: 2015-03-13
Editor: Gale, Cengage Learning
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

A Study Guide for Alice Walker's "The Color Purple," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students.This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.