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The Color Purple

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Summary

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, this novel about a resilient and courageous woman has become a Broadway show and a cultural phenomenon. A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick Celie has grown up poor in rural Georgia, despised by the society around her and abused by her own family. She strives to protect her sister, Nettie, from a similar fate, and while Nettie escapes to a new life as a missionary in Africa, Celie is left behind without her best friend and confidante, married off to an older suitor, and sentenced to a life alone with a harsh and brutal husband. In an attempt to transcend a life that often seems too much to bear, Celie begins writing letters directly to God. The letters, spanning 20 years, record a journey of self-discovery and empowerment guided by the light of a few strong women. She meets Shug Avery, her husband’s mistress and a jazz singer with a zest for life, and her stepson’s wife, Sophia, who challenges her to fight for independence. And though the many letters from Celie’s sister are hidden by her husband, Nettie’s unwavering support will prove to be the most breathtaking of all The Color Purple has sold more than five million copies, inspired an Academy Award-nominated film starring Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey and directed by Steven Spielberg, and been adapted into a Tony-nominated Broadway musical. Lauded as a literary masterpiece, this is the groundbreaking novel that placed Walker “in the company of Faulkner” (The Nation) and remains a wrenching - yet intensely uplifting - experience for new generations of listeners.

©1982 Alice Walker (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
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Gardening the Soul

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Walker, best-selling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Color Purple and of Anything We Love Can Be Saved, offers a fresh look at how to live in a complex culture. She reminds us that something precious is gained or enhanced when we honor our intrinsic sense of awe toward nature and our deep desire for connection with our human community. This dialogue between Walker and Toms is brimming with inspiration for celebrating life in all its vibrant moments.

©2000 New Dimensions Foundation. (P)2000 New Dimensions Foundation.

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The Mindfulness and Meditation Summit: Volume 1

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Six acclaimed meditation teachers and visionaries show us how to transform ourselves, our communities, and the world. If we want to make positive outward changes in the world, we need to start making changes in our inner lives as well. It's a truth that more and more of us are realizing. But where to begin? According to thought leaders and neuroscientists across the globe, there's no better place than with mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness is a "baseline" of awareness and nonresistance available in any situation. And through mindfulness meditation, we can rewire our neural pathways to better manage our emotions, amplify attention, make wiser decisions, and improve our relationships. What does this have to do with changing the world? If we're full of fear or anger or experiencing "burnout", we can't be fully effective in helping others. But with mindfulness and compassion on your side: You lay a foundation of calm. You amplify compassion for others and yourself. You gain insight into "unsolvable" problems, both personal and social. You begin to experience who you are as part of a greater, interconnected whole. All of these shifts then create a ripple effect that affects your family, friends, workplace, and community. Join us for Mindfulness and Meditation: Volume 1 to learn with these inspiring presenters: Jack Kornfield, PhD, on "Mindfulness as Loving Awareness" Bonus meditation: “Connect with Loving Awareness and Compassion Through the Body" Alice Walker on "Meditation as a Doorway to Joy and Liberation" Elisha Goldstein, PhD, on the path "Toward Sustainable Happiness" Bonus meditation: "Relax Your Nervous System" Richie Davidson, PhD, on "Meditation and the Science of Altered Traits" Ruth King on becoming "Mindful of Race" Krishna Das - "Keep Singing: Chanting as a Meditative Path" Bonus practice: "Mantras for Arriving in the Moment" Note: This program is a compilation of presentations that were originally offered via the internet, so some sound inconsistencies may be present. These talks were presented at the Mindfulness and Meditation Summit, hosted in 2018 by Sounds True, and may be listened to in any sequence.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Jack Kornfield, PhD, Alice Walker, Elisha Goldstein, Ruth king, Richard Davidson, and Krishna Das (P)2019 Sounds True

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My Life as Myself

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Through her books The Color Purple, The Temple of My Familiar, and Possessing the Secret of Joy, Alice Walker is familiar to millions of readers and listeners. Who is this woman who rose from the shadows of the segregated South to win the Pulitzer Prize? How did she find the courage to address with grace and wisdom the most difficult cultural issues of our time?

In My Life as My Self, Alice Walker takes you into her private world and summons the powerful spirits and events that have shaped her life: how she learned to fight oppression through her creativity; her reconnection to ancestral roots and the natural world; and her emergence as a courageous artist, recognized for both her brilliance and her compassion. In this rare, intimate conversation, she peels back the veneer of cultural "evolution" and exposes how we have been conditioned to think and act the way others want us to. When you hear the words of Alice Walker, you will see mirrored in her life the greater struggle each of us faces: to be who we truly are.

©2009 Alice Walker (P)2009 Alice Walker

Narrator: Alice Walker
Author: Alice Walker
Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
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