The Color Purple by Alice Walker (novel)Read about another entry on the list.
Last week, my daughter and I stared at the purple crocuses coming through the soil. I forced her to look closely and told her about the The Color Purple. Walker’s character Celie has one of the saddest breast stories I know, but one which is still so common: alienation from her own breasts; abuse of her own flesh; a physical and mental lack of ownership over her own skin. It’s more moving than any other book I have read featuring this subject.
The Color Purple is among Sarah Alderson's top ten feminist icons in children's and teen books, Bruna Lobato's top ten must-read classics by African American authors, Hanna McGrath's top five fictional characters who tell it like it is, Andy McSmith's top ten books of the 1980s, and Sophie Ward's six best books.