Search Results: "Toni Morrison"


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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 >

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GOD HELP THE CHILD by Toni Morrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2015

"A chilling oracle and a lively storyteller, Nobel winner Morrison continues the work she began 45 years ago with The Bluest Eye."
Brutality, racism and lies are relieved by moments of connection in Morrison's latest. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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PLEASE, LOUISE by Toni Morrison
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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CHILDREN'S
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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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SULA by Toni Morrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1973

"Miss Morrison, author of The Bluest Eye (1970) in her deceptively gentle narrative, her dialogue that virtually speaks from the page, and her multilayered perceptions drawn through the needle's eye of any consciousness she creates, is undoubtedly a major and formidable talent, and this is an impressive second novel."
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 >

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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 >