cover image Living by the Word

Living by the Word

Alice Walker. Mariner Books, $14 (224pp) ISBN 978-0-15-652865-8

``An uneasy mix of journal entries, short essays, travel notes, speeches and dream fragments, this miscellany by the author of The Color Purple is most satisfying when Walker relates small personal victories,'' wrote PW. Pointed pieces tackle the modern dilution of black folklore, controversy surrounding the film of The Color Purple , nuclear escalation and homophobia. (Oct.)