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Everyday Use


In 1973 the short story “Everyday Use” appeared in Alice Walker’s collection of short stories In Love and Trouble: Stories of Black Women.  It uses quilts and quilting to explore the themes of African-American heritage, materialism, and mother-daughter relationships.



Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves


  • PS374
  • PS648
  • PS3573 .A425



Circulating Books – A Selected List


  • Bloom, Harold (Ed.). Alice Walker. 1989.

                    Call Number: PS3573 .A425 Z53 1989

  • Cassill, R.V. (Ed.). The Norton Anthology of Contemporary Fiction (2nd Ed.). 1998.

                        Call Number: PS648 .S5 N67 1998

  • Dieke, Ikenna (Ed.). Critical Essays on Alice Walker. 1999.

                     Call Number: PS3573 .A425 Z6 1999

  • Gates, Henry Louis, Jr., and K. A. Appiah (Eds.). Alice Walker: Critical Perspectives Past and Present. 1993.

                     Call Number: PS3573 .A425 Z54 1993

  • Walker, Alice. In Love and Trouble: Stories of Black Women. 1973.

                      Call Number: PS3573 .A425 I5 1973

  • Warren, Nagueyalti, and Sally Wolff (Eds.). Southern Mothers: Fact and Fictions in Southern Women’s Writing. 1999.

                       Call Number: PS374 .M547 S68 1999


LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Terms


  • Everyday Use (Keywords)
  • Walker, Alice (Subject)
  • Walker, Alice – Criticism and Interpretation (Subject)



Reference Materials


  • African American WritersCall Number: REF PS153 .N5 A344 2001

o   Vol. 2, pg. 746

  • Contemporary Literary CriticismCall Number: REF PN771 .C59

o   Vol. 103, pgs. 361, 407

o   Vol. 167, pgs. 237, 327

  • Critical Survey of Short Fiction Call Number: REF PN3321 .C7 2001

o   Vol. 6, pgs. 2434-2435

o   Vol. 97, pg. 279-328

  • Short Story Criticism –  Call Number: REF PN3321 .S5

o   Vol. 5, pgs. 402-403, 406, 416-417

  • Short Stories for StudentsCall Number: REF PN3330 .S386

o   Vol. 2, pgs. 36-50


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  •  Literature Resources from Gale


This Research Guide is designed to help users find information on a particular topic within the Valencia College East Campus Library.  This is by no means a comprehensive list of resources and other resources may be available on this topic.  Please check LINCCWeb, Valencia East’s online catalog, to verify the availability of circulating books within the library.  Feel free to ask a librarian for help if you need further assistance.


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Last Revised on November 21, 2021

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