“The Chicken Chronicles” Book Review

Alice Walker brings her gifts of language poetry and wisdom to her newest publication.  Instead of reading this particular title, I listened to an audio version narrated by the author.  I’m glad I did; it added to the rich prose and meditative quality of the work.  As she peacefully observes her backyard flock or writes letters to them from her many travels, Walker grapples with larger issues of justice, innocence, hurt, and other real and metaphorical observations in the overlapping world between humans and chickens.  I found myself inspired to pause from the hectic daily schedule and be mindful of my time spent with my flock, my mini farm, my family, and my world.  Perhaps in time I may acquire the wisdom that Walker projects.  Highly recommended!


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: A Memoir
by Alice Walker
The New Press
2012
Cover Image from Barnes and Noble

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