Picks and Pans Review: Alice Walker

updated 05/19/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/19/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple and the new book of poems, Absolute Trust in the Goodness of the Earth, shares some beloved titles:

Leaving Mother Lake by Yang Erche Namu and Christine Mathieu: "It's a memoir about Yang's life growing up in a tribal community in China. It sounded a lot like the South. It could've been Alabama or Georgia."

Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston by Valerie Boyd: A biography of the author of Their Eyes Were Watching God "masterfully collects all the pieces of this woman's life."

19 Varieties of Gazelle by Naomi Shihab Nye: Poems with "a real feeling for the people of Palestine."

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chodron: "Ancient methods of opening your heart and dealing with negative emotions."

The Healing Wisdom of Africa: Finding Life Purpose Through Nature, Ritual, and Community by Malidoma Patrice Some: "One of the all-time great books, especially for African-Americans."

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