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Alice Walker

The Chicken Chronicles Alice Walker (The New Press: 208 pp.,$21.95) You pick up the book and you enter the slow, dazy world of the writer and her chickens. You put the book down to get something to eat and the spell is loosened. You think, "Chickens? Am I really reading a book in which Alice Walker calls herself 'Mommy' to her beloved chickens? A book in which chickens are the angels that lead Walker back into decades-old memories of her childhood that are still so dangerous that she was unable to confront them before her life with chickens?" That is when you realize how powerful Walker is, how she draws you through trauma into an Eternity, a chicken house on her...