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Alice Walker Quotes To Inspire Your Wednesday

Alice Walker, the critically acclaimed author of The Color Purple, is certainly an inspiring presence in the literary world. Her moving stories speak to the fragility of the human experience and her colorful writing encourages us to find the beauty in every moment.

This Black History Month, we celebrate the men and women who have greatly shaped history by providing indispensable contributions to countless dimensions of society; Alice Walker’s literary talents and accomplishments are nothing less than extraordinary. Here are seven of her poignant quotes that will inspire you this Wednesday.

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  1. “No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.”

2. “I have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart.” – Revolutionary Petunias

 

 

3. “I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it. People think pleasing God is all God care about. But any fool living in the world can see it always trying to please us back.”    – The Color Purple 

4. “The more I wonder, the more I love.” – The Color Purple 

5. “Part of what existence means to me is knowing the difference between what I am now and what I was then.” – In Search of Our Mothers Gardens 

 

 

6. “Keep in mind always the present you are constructing. It should be the future you want.” – The Temple of My Familiar 

7. “Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you’ve got to make yourself.”

8. “I believe in movements, collective action to influence the future.” – You Can’t Keep a Good Woman Down 

9. “Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise.” – Revolutionary Petunias 

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Amazon Knows What You’re Reading and How You’re Reading It

In an article by The Guardian, Kari Paul discusses a new discovery she’s made about how Amazon has logged not only what books she’s read on her Amazon Kindle, but the things she’s highlighted, excerpts she’s copied from books into her iPhone’s clipboard, and even looking up definitions of words in the Kindle’s dictionary.  I am probably as shocked as she is.  Paul was only able to discover this, as she starts off in her article:

 

“When I requested my personal information from Amazon this month under California’s new privacy law, I received mostly what I expected my order history, shipping information, and customer support chat logs.  But tucked into the dozens of files were also two Excel spreadsheets, more than 20,000 lines each, with titles, timestamps and actions detailing my reading habits on the Kindle app on my iPhone.”

 

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This disturbing revelation, according to Paul, revealed the moments she highlighted excerpts from The Deeper the Water and Uglier the Fish on February 15, or another, Severance, started on November 3 of 2018.  She then states that she made highlights in an excerpt from the third installment of The Diary of Anais Nin on May 21, 2019, or an excerpt from Leslie Jamison’s The Recovering: Intoxication and its Aftermath on August 23, 2018.  Amazon even recorded her changing the color of this excerpt!

 

 

You may be asking why Amazon even needs this information from you.  According to their privacy page, they collect things like search or shop for products in their stores, adding or removing items in your cart or placing orders, downloading, streaming, viewing, or using content on your device through their services, providing information in Your Account, and much more.  Amazon says that they use this to personalize your shopping experience and make proper recommendations to you when shopping (this would explain why if you search ‘phone cases’ and then buy one, you suddenly see Amazon recommending you tons of other phone cases “you may like”).

 

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Paul states that “Amazon says it does not share what individual customers have highlighted with publishers or anyone else,” according to a spokeswoman.  “The highlights are logged to sync reading progress and actions across devices.”  This seems to make sense, but Amazon is logging almost everything done while reading on a Kindle.  What is all that extra data used for, then?

 

Paul has an answer through Alastair Mactaggart, someone who advocated for the California Consumer Privacy Act. Mactaggart states that “though Amazon says it is not currently sharing the insights gleaned from reading habits with anyone else, that the company holds on to the data shows it could be used in the future.”

 

 

For anyone who reads on a Kindle, this will be worrying for them.  It definitely doesn’t feel good knowing that everything you’re doing on a Kindle is being logged and recorded, all for no good reason. Amazon is just collecting all this data and holding onto it.  Paul quotes Evan Greer, the director at the privacy act group Fight For the Future.  He makes a good point when he says, “There is no reason Amazon or any other company needs to collect that kind of information to provide you with the service, which is simply reading a book.”

 

This discovery of data collection could be yet another drawback to using technology to read books.  Amazon definitely won’t be tracking what you read and what you mark through a good ol’ paper book.

 

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6 Book Recs Based on Your Favorite 90s Movie

Everyone has a favorite 90s movie. And while it may be tempting to watch that favorite movie again for the thousandth time, why not relive your love for it—in book form? These books are not only enjoyable to read, but might even find a special place in your heart for their similarity to these iconic movies of the past.

1. Clueless – Emma by Jane Austen

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Emma by Jane Austen follows the titular character, Emma Woodhouse, as she meddles in the love affair of her friend, Harriet Smith, and urges her to reject a marriage proposal from a suitor in hopes that she can secure a richer husband. Naturally, this leads to disastrous results.

Sound familiar? If you’ve seen Clueless, you may have already realized that the movie is, in fact, based loosely on Jane Austen’s 19th century book. If you enjoyed Cher’s wit, you will thoroughly enjoy Austen’s pointed satire.

But the best part of Clueless is most definitely Cher’s mixed relationship with her step-brother, Josh Lucas, and there is no lack of that same back-and-forth banter in Emma and Mr. Knightley. Mr. Knightley is the only one willing to tell Emma what he really thinks, repeatedly chiding her for meddling in other people’s business, much like Josh himself.

If that’s not enough to convince you to read the book, a new movie adaptation of Emma is set to release February 21 this year, and looks as comedic as Jane Austen intended. 

 

2. Titanic – These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

 

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These Broken Stars is a Young Adult sci-fi featuring Lilac and Trevor, strangers from different social classes that struggle to survive on a foreign planet after their ship, the Icarus, crashes. Think Titanic: but in space. And Leonardo DiCaprio doesn’t die clinging to an iceberg.

The Icarus is a massive, Titanic-like ship, with its fair share of immensely rich, galactic socialites. Lilac herself is the daughter of the richest man of the universe, while Trevor is a poor war hero who turns his nose up at girls like Lilac. When they find themselves trapped together on the planet their ship crash-landed on, they instinctively hate each other. But only able to rely on each other to survive, their hatred slowly grows into a budding romance. 

These Broken Stars will make you swoon, cry, and possibly even throw your book across the room. If you love space, hate-turned-love, and Titanic, then this read is for you!

 

3. Groundhog Day – Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

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Samantha Kingston, the protagonist of Before I Fall, is your everyday “mean girl.” Her social clique includes the most popular girls in school, her boyfriend is seemingly perfect, and her school days are spent bullying Juliet Sykes. But when a party goes astray, and Sam dies in a car accident, she gets stuck reliving the same day over and over again, in true Groundhog Day style.

Sam is certainly an unlikable character, but as the book progresses, she slowly corrects her mistakes. Before I Fall is a story about redemption, friendship, and the consequences of your actions. If you enjoyed the structure of Groundhog Day, you’ll love Lauren Oliver’s deft use of it in Before I Fall. 

 

 

4. Pretty Woman – Paper Princess by Erin Watts

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Paper Princess is a new adult novel following Ella Harper, a high school girl forced to work strip-clubs in order to pay for her schooling following her mother’s death, at the same time trying to convince her principal that she does in fact have a guardian looking after her. When Callum Royal, a wealthy friend of her father’s, swoops in to rescue her, Ella is indignant, but ultimately agrees to move into his home (or should I say, mansion). What she is not expecting is Callum’s five (very attractive) sons—all convinced she’s using their father for money, and hell-bent on driving her out. 

While Ella gives up her job as a stripper early on in the book, Paper Princess still explores sex work and the same rags-to-riches plot that Pretty Woman does. Like Vivian Ward, Ella is fiercely independent and isn’t put off by the Royal boys’ judgements of her. 

If you like reading about drama, hot boys, and fancy prep schools, be sure to add Paper Princess to your Goodreads TBR.

 

5. Scream – Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson

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I think the best part about Scream is that it’s difficult to differentiate the good guys from the bad ones. In fact, anyone could be masquerading as Ghostface, as we see later on in the movie. Confessions of a Murder Suspect gives readers that same feeling of uncertainty, making us question even the protagonist’s own narrative.

The book follows Tandy Angel in the days following her parents’ murders: of which Tandy and her siblings are the prime suspects. Despite this, Tandy sets out to uncover what truly happened that night in the hopes of proving her family innocent, but ends up discovering secrets about her parents along the way. This book will have you turning pages nonstop and will keep you guessing until the end.

 

6. 10 Things I Hate About You – To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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While Lara Jean Covey is no Kat Stratford, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before has a similar fake-relationship-turned-real romance as the movie. All her life, Lara Jean has kept unsent letters to her many crushes, professing her love for them. When these letters get mistakenly sent out, Lara Jean is utterly humiliated, worried that her latest crush (who also happens to be her sister’s ex-boyfriend) will find out she has feelings for him. To prevent this, she starts pretend-dating Peter Kavinsky, her middle school crush and the recipient of one of her letters. But as the novel progresses, Lara Jean struggles to differentiate what’s real from what’s not.

This book is super cute, and will have you laughing aloud at Lara Jean’s awkwardness, all while swooning over Peter. If you loved the ups and downs of Kat and Patrick’s relationship in 10 Things I Hate About You, then you’re guaranteed to fall in love with Lara Jean and Peter.

 

 

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Five Frigid Books for a Warm Winter

On a personal level, I could be more broken up about it being 45 every day in NYC, but there is definitely something not in the spirit of things. Since this winter’s been so warm, get your fix of snow and frost with these books about deep winter.

 

Winterwood – Shea Ernshaw

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We have witches! We have winter choked woods! Actually, witch might be a stretch, but there’s something wrong in the Winterwood, and Nora Walker might have to find it. When a boy comes out of the woods alive after a brutal snowstorm, its secrets become too important to ignore.

 

Shiver – Maggie Stiefvater

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We’ve got another forest, yall, but I admit I’m a sucker for them. Every winter Grace watches the wolves in the woods behind her house, feeling she understands them. They end up being more connected than she could have possibly imagined, and she’s drawn further into their world of curses and winter.

 

The Bear and the Nightingale – Katherine Arden

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Vasilisa has always seen things and other people don’t, but is especially fascinated with the ice demon Frost. When her new stepmother forbids the traditions that appease and strengthen the spirits of the land, it’s up to Vasilisa and the things only she can know to save their crops, their community, and all their lives.

 

East – Edith Pattou

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Rose war wilder than her sisters since birth, and despite her mother’s efforts, can’t be kept from adventure. When a white bear promises her family prosperity if he can take her away, she agrees easily. But the bear is more than he appears, and running away into the cold was barely the beginning.

 

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – C. S. Lewis

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A classic, but always worth a reread. In a land held in eternal winter by the terrifying White Witch, four children discover a grand destiny and an opportunity to save a world, even if it’s not their own. If you haven’t read it, you absolutely must, and if you have, you still probably should.

 


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5 Books by Black Female Authors

Before 1919, when women were given the right to vote, women weren’t respected as apart of mankind. Black women had it worse as many were assaulted by white slaveowners, and were less than deserving of anything but to bear children. This, however, did not stop the aspiring black authors to write in a time when blacks were forbidden to read or write. Our Nig by Harriet E. Wilson, written in 1859, become the first book to be published by an African American woman. This book gave women the opportunity to have the courage to continue to have a voice and publish their own books. These are five books that have continued to be a highlight in the world today.

 

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

 

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Published in 1961, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is among the few existing slave narratives written by a woman. This autobiography is an account that follows the life of Harriet Jacobs and how she managed to escape from servitude in North Carolina, to freedom in the North. Jacobs writes about her life as a slave and the trials she endured through her escape.

 

Their Eyes Were Watching God

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Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God is a must-read as it deals with the life of Janie Crawford as she sets out to be her own person. Independence was a huge feat for a black woman in the 30s. This leads her through three marriages and, as the blurb states, “into a journey back to her roots.”

 

A Raisin in The Sun

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Lorraine Hansberry’s, A Raisin in the Sun, is an award-winning drama that speaks on the hopes and dreams of a working-class family in the South Side of Chicago. The title originates from Langston Hughes’ poem Harlem, with a line that reads “dry up/like a raisin in the sun.”

 

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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Sent to live with her grandmother in the South, Maya and her brother Bailey are faced to endure prejudice and abandonment from their mother. When she is eight years old, Maya is abused by her mother’s boyfriend, a man who is many years her senior. Many years later, Maya learns to love herself and to be free from the horrors of the past.

 

Song of Solomon

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Toni Morrison’s, Song of Solomon, is a coming of age story that follows the life of Milkman Dead, who attempts to fly off a rooftop. Milkman lives the rest of his life trying to fly as he hurdles through his family’s origins.

 

For more books written by Black female authors, check out The Zora Canon.


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