Books That Inspire 2013

The Color Purple
Alice Walker

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1983) and National Book Award for Fiction (1983).

Alice Walker's The Color Purple inspired me to become a better person. One of the most famous quotes from the novel, "I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field and don't notice it," taught me to enjoy the simple things in life. It is through this appreciation of daily events and sights that I've learned to live with compassion and care for the people and things of this universe.

Lisa Fiedler
Undergraduate Student
English Writing