3rd book for Our Shared Shelf is bell hooks' 'All About Love: New Visions'.
This month's book choice is in honor of bell hooks who interviewed me for Paper magazine this month. Maya Angelou said of bell’s work, “Each offering from bell hooks is a major event, she has so much to give us’. I love hearing from bell, I am pretty excited to start “All About Love: New Visions". It’s been on my list for a while.
Emma recommended a few other things:
First thing's first, The Color Purple. I read it in two sittings and am now telling EVERYONE I know to watch the film too. I hope you enjoyed it too. I managed to speak to Alice on the phone last week! She is away at the moment but suggested that when discussing the book we should think of: ’The Temple of my Familiar’, ‘Possessing the Secret of Joy’ and ‘The Color Purple’ as a family… So if you loved this book, she really does see it as belonging to a series… Everyone is busy so I am not suggesting this as being on the official reading list but if you want to, or have a bit of extra time at the moment, I am going to try and dip into these two as well. She also discussed the book on her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/authoralicewalker
I also wanted to mention ‘Beauty In Truth’, which is a documentary made by the incredible Pratibha Parmar about Alice's life. It is really interesting but currently nearly impossible to get hold of. It did play on PBS and BBC iPlayer but is ‘currently unavailable’. I‘ll keep you updated on my hunt for a new link!
In the meantime, the other thing I wanted to bring to your attention was Alice’s 'Desert Island Discs' recorded for BBC Radio 4: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01shstm
For those of you that aren’t English, this radio show is like a national institution. (Emma Thompson’s is one of my favourites). When I’m working away from home I love to listen to it in the hair and make-up chair. I love the vulnerability Kirsty brings out in her guests…. I love hearing the soundtracks of people’s lives. (I also just find her voice really soothing!) I hope this info is useful. I love seeing ‘meet ups’ happening all over the world so you can discuss in person.
If you haven’t done so already please post your thoughts and opinions on the book right here!