Books by Toni Morrison

PLEASE, LOUISE by Toni Morrison
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 4, 2014

"An ode to reading that raises too many concerns. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A young girl sets out on a solitary walk to a surprise destination. Read full book review >
HOME by Toni Morrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2012

"A novel that illuminates truths that its characters may not be capable of articulating."
A deceptively rich and cumulatively powerful novel. Read full book review >
THE TORTOISE OR THE HARE by Toni Morrison
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 7, 2010

"Cepeda's oil paintings are colorful and appropriately frenetic, but the story is just too diffuse and confusing. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Authors and illustrator combine forces again in this umpteenth version of the classic tale (Peeny Butter Fudge, 2009). Read full book review >
LITTLE CLOUD AND LADY WIND by Toni Morrison
FICTION
Released: Feb. 23, 2010

"Doubtful. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The award-winning mother and her son once again join forces for a picture book. Read full book review >
PEENY BUTTER FUDGE by Toni Morrison
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 15, 2009

"Fudge recipe included. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Joyful exuberance abounds in this mother-son collaboration that celebrates family ties and the joys of eating peanut-butter fudge. Read full book review >
A MERCY by Toni Morrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2008

"Better seen as a lengthy prose poem than a novel, this allusive, elusive little gem adds its own shadowy luster to the Nobel laureate's shimmering body of work."
Abandonment, betrayal and loss are the somber themes of this latest exploration of America's morally compromised history from Morrison (Love, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >
REMEMBER by Toni Morrison
FICTION
Released: May 4, 2004

"Younger children will need adults to help with interpretation. (timeline, photo notes) (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
Morrison attempts to tell the story of Southern school integration through archival photographs oddly juxtaposed with a confusing narrative. Read full book review >
LOVE by Toni Morrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 28, 2003

"One of Morrison's finest, and a heartening return to Nobel–worthy form."
A black patriarch's obsessive domination of the many women in his life is relentlessly scrutinized in the 1993 Nobel winner's intricately patterned eighth novel. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF MEAN PEOPLE by Toni Morrison
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Frowners resistant to this pointed, child's-eye view may benefit from a dose of Betsy Everitt's Mean Soup (1992) or the mood-changing brew concocted out of a bad day by Linda Smith's Mrs. Biddlebox (p. 1144). (Picture book. 6-9)"
A fretful child catalogs affronts: people who shout at you, or those who whisper and giggle just out of earshot; parents who try to make you eat something nasty-looking; the teacher who tells you that your work is sloppy, and so on. Read full book review >
THE BIG BOX by Toni Morrison
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Nonetheless, it's a valid message, strongly made, and a promising children's book debut for the authors. (Picture book. 8+)"
Morrison and her son have created a rhymed parable—clearly addressing adults—about three children who are firmly, lovingly locked into a room-sized box because they "can't handle their freedom." Read full book review >
PARADISE by Toni Morrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 1998

"Not perfect—but a breathtaking, risk-taking major work that will have readers feverishly, and fearfully turning the pages."
The violence men inflict on women and the painful irony of an "all-black town" whose citizens themselves become oppressors are the central themes of Morrison's rich, symphonic seventh novel (after Jazz, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Thomas's alleged characterization of his sister as a welfare dependent)."
To the likely delight of liberals and the fury of conservatives, this collection of original essays on last year's acrimonious confirmation controversy makes no pretense to ideological balance or impartiality. Read full book review >
JAZZ by Toni Morrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 1992

"In all, a lovely novel—lyrical, searching, and touching."
Morrison, in her sixth novel, enters 1926 Harlem, a new black world then ("safe from fays [whites] and the things they think up"), and moves into a love story—with a love that could clear a space from the past, give a life or take one. Read full book review >
BELOVED by Toni Morrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 1987

Morrison's truly majestic fifth novel—strong and intricate in craft; devastating in impact. Read full book review >
TAR BABY by Toni Morrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 12, 1981

"Scouring contemporary insights—in prose as lithe and potent as vines in a rain forest."
Morrison's fine-tuned, high-strung characters this time—black and white Americans caught up together in a "wide and breezy" house on a Caribbean island—may lack the psychic wingspread of Sula or Milkman of Song of Solomon. Read full book review >
SONG OF SOLOMON by Toni Morrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1977

"The gut-soul of Roots, with which this will be recklessly, inevitably linked, and a handsome display of a major talent."
"When you know your name, you should hang on to it, for unless it is noted down and remembered, it will die when you die." Read full book review >
SULA by Toni Morrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1973

In a neighborhood where pain — "adult pain that rested somewhere under the eyelids" — is as pervasively omnipresent as the loveliness of May's green shade trees, death and its omens can be accepted as another face of God. Read full book review >
THE BLUEST EYE by Toni Morrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 29, 1970

"A skillful understated tribute to the fall of a sparrow for whose small tragedy there was no watching eye."
This soil," concludes the young narrator of this quiet chronicle of garrotted innocence, "is bad for all kinds of flowers. Read full book review >