The Cushion in the Road
Meditation and Wandering as the Whole World Awakens to Being in Harm's Way
By Alice Walker
(New Press, The, Hardcover, 9781595588722, 336pp.)
Publication Date: April 2013
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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In her newest collection of wide-ranging meditations on our intertwined personal, spiritual, and political destinies, Alice Walker writes that we are beyond a rigid category of color, sex, or spirituality if we are truly alive.” For the millions of her devoted fansand for readers of Walker’s bestselling 2006 book We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For in particularhere is a new gift of words” (Essence) that invites readers on a journey of political awakening and spiritual insight.
The Cushion in the Road revisits themes the Pulitzer Prizewinning novelist, poet, essayist, and activist has addressed throughout her careerracism, Africa, solidarity with the Palestinian people, the presidential campaign of Barack Obama, Cuba, healthcare, and the work of Aung San Suu Kyi. In doing so, Walker explores her conflicting impulses to retreat into inner contemplation and to remain deeply engaged with the world. Through the evocative image of the meditation cushion in the road, she finds a delicate balance between them and invites her readers to do so, too.
Rich with humor, wisdom, and Walker’s unique eye for the telling details of human experience and the natural world, The Cushion in the Road shows Walker at the height of her literary powers, reveals the depths of her spiritual and political understandings, and will surely be an inspiration for all.
Praise for Alice Walker:
"Alice Walker is a muse for our times . . . she touches the soul, and propels us to action."
— Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!
"A lavishly gifted writer."
The New York Times