Through her books, "The Color Purple", "The Temple of My Familiar", and "Possessing the Secret of Joy", Alice Walker is familiar to millions of readers. On "My Life as My Self", Alice Walker takes you into her private world and summons the powerful spirits and events that have shaped her life: how she learned to fight oppression through her creativity--her reconnection to ancestral roots and the natural world--her emergency as a courageous artist, recognized both for her brilliance and her compassion. In this rare, intimate conversation, she peels back the veneer of cultural "evolution,", and exposes how we have been conditioned to think and act the way others want us to. When you hear the words of Alice Walker, you will see mirrored in her life the greater struggle that each of us faces: to be who we truly are. Includes eight original poems.