Search Results: "toni morrison"


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TONI MORRISON by Barbara Kramer
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"This book will inspire readers and allow them to see that focus, hard work, and discipline have given Morrison and her work a prominent perch in our literary heritage. (b&w photos, not seen, chronology, notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 11+)"
An extremely well-written and powerful entry in the African- American Biographies series about a young girl who became a writer and went on to win the Nobel Prize for literature. Read full book review >

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TONI  by L.J. Alonge
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 20, 2017

"A fine story for sports fans and anyone in the mood for a fast, character-driven read. (Fiction. 10-16)"
The Blacktop series continues on the basketball courts of Oakland, California. 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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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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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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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 >

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DEAR TONI by Cyndi Sand-Eveland
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 14, 2008

"A great addition to middle-grade collections. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The assignment: For 100 days sixth-grader Gene Tucks must write a daily entry in a notebook that will be stored in a time capsule and opened 40 years in the future. 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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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 >

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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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Released: Oct. 21, 1994

"Frissell's shots of horses, hunters at rest, and the eager snouts of hounds suggest that in hunting she found one of the few social activities that sanctioned the kind of avidness she brought to her work behind the lens. (First serial to Town and Country)"
Before Toni Frissell (190788) became the first woman staff photographer for Sports Illustrated (which was long before the first swimsuit issue), she had already revolutionized fashion photography by shooting models outdoors for such magazines as Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. Read full book review >

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JIM MORRISON by Dylan Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1991

"Sixty-five color and 65 b&w photos boost the Jones; the 40 color and 75 b&w photos that accompany the Dylan were not seen."
Incandescent rock star Jim Morrison doused his own fire by drowning, drugged, in a Paris bathtub 20 years ago. Read full book review >