The Bluest Eye Book
Score: 3.5
From 105 Ratings

The Bluest Eye


  • Author : Toni Morrison
  • Publisher : Turtleback Books
  • Release Date : 2000
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 215
  • ISBN 10 : 1417664665

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The Bluest Eye Excerpt :

The story of Pecola Breedlove profiles an eleven-year-old Black girl growing up in an America that values blue-eyed blondes and the tragedy that results from her longing to be accepted.

The Bluest Eye Book
Score: 3.5
From 105 Ratings

The Bluest Eye


  • Author : Toni Morrison
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2007
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 205
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307278449

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The Bluest Eye Excerpt :

The story of Pecola Breedlove profiles an eleven-year-old African-American girl growing up in an America that values blue-eyed blondes and the tragedy that results from her longing to be accepted.

Toni Morrison Box Set Book

Toni Morrison Box Set


  • Author : Toni Morrison
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2019-10-29
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 905
  • ISBN 10 : 9780593082232

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Toni Morrison Box Set Excerpt :

A box set of Toni Morrison's principal works, featuring The Bluest Eye (her first novel), Beloved (Pulitzer Prize winner), and Song of Solomon (National Book Critics Award winner). Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, Beloved transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. This spellbinding novel tells the story of Sethe, a former slave who escapes to Ohio, but eighteen years later is still not free. In The New York Times bestselling novel, The Bluest Eye, Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every day for beauty and yearns for normalcy, for the blond hair and blue eyes, that she believes will allow her to finally fit in. Yet as her dream grows more fervent, her life slowly starts to disintegrate in the face of adversity and strife. With Song of Solomon, Morrison transfigures the coming-of-age story as she follows Milkman Dead from his rustbelt city to the place of his family's origins, introducing an entire cast of strivers and seeresses, liars and assassins, the inhabitants of a fully realized black world. This beautifully designed slipcase will make the perfect holiday and perennial gift.

Toni Morrison s The Bluest Eye Book

Toni Morrison s The Bluest Eye


  • Author : Harold Bloom
  • Publisher : Infobase Publishing
  • Release Date : 2010
  • Genre: African Americans in literature
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN 10 : 9781438130439

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Toni Morrison s The Bluest Eye Excerpt :

Discusses the writing of The bluest eye by Toni Morrison. Includes critical essays on the work and a brief biography of the author.

God Help the Child Book
Score: 4
From 32 Ratings

God Help the Child


  • Author : Toni Morrison
  • Publisher : Knopf Canada
  • Release Date : 2015-04-21
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307399779

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God Help the Child Excerpt :

The new novel from Nobel laureate Toni Morrison. Spare and unsparing, God Help the Child is a searing tale about the way childhood trauma shapes and misshapes the life of the adult. At the centre: a woman who calls herself Bride, whose stunning blue-black skin is only one element of her beauty, her boldness and confidence, her success in life; but which caused her light-skinned mother to deny her even the simplest forms of love until she told a lie that ruined the life of an innocent woman, a lie whose reverberations refuse to diminish.... Booker, the man Bride loves and loses, whose core of anger was born in the wake of the childhood murder of his beloved brother ... Rain, the mysterious white child, who finds in Bride the only person she can talk to about the abuse she's suffered at the hands of her prostitute mother ... and Sweetness, Bride's mother, who takes a lifetime to understand that "what you do to children matters. And they might never forget."

CliffsNotes on Morrison s The Bluest Eye   Sula Book

CliffsNotes on Morrison s The Bluest Eye Sula


  • Author : Rosetta James
  • Publisher : Cliffs Notes
  • Release Date : 1997-09-18
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 104
  • ISBN 10 : 0822002515

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CliffsNotes on Morrison s The Bluest Eye Sula Excerpt :

The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. CliffsNotes on The Bluest Eye & Sula covers two of Toni Morrison’s unforgettable novels. The Bluest Eye, Morrison’s first novel, focuses on Pecola Breedlove, a lonely, young black girl living in Ohio in the late 1940s. Through Pecola, Morrison exposes the power and cruelty of white, middle-class American definitions of beauty. Sula, Morrison’s second novel, focuses on a young black girl named Sula, who matures into a strong and determined woman in the face of adversity and the distrust, even hatred, of her by the black community in which she lives. Morrison delves into the strong female relationships and how these bonds nurture and threaten individual identity. This study guide will take you beneath the surface of Morrison’s complex characters to uncover their universal themes. Helpful background information about the author brings these novels into context for even greater understanding. Other features that help you study include Complete character lists A character map that graphically illustrates the relationships among the characters Character analyses of major players Glossary of difficult terms Critical essays Review questions and essay topics Classic literature or modern modern-day treasure — you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

Sula Book
Score: 4.5
From 26 Ratings

Sula


  • Author : Toni Morrison
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2007-07-24
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 194
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307388131

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Sula Excerpt :

From the acclaimed Nobel Prize winner: Two girls who grow up to become women. Two friends who become something worse than enemies. This brilliantly imagined novel brings us the story of Nel Wright and Sula Peace, who meet as children in the small town of Medallion, Ohio. Nel and Sula's devotion is fierce enough to withstand bullies and the burden of a dreadful secret. It endures even after Nel has grown up to be a pillar of the black community and Sula has become a pariah. But their friendship ends in an unforgivable betrayal—or does it end? Terrifying, comic, ribald and tragic, Sula is a work that overflows with life.

Toni Morrison s The Bluest Eye Book
Score: 3.5
From 9 Ratings

Toni Morrison s The Bluest Eye


  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : Dramatic Publishing
  • Release Date : 2007
  • Genre: African American girls
  • Pages : 86
  • ISBN 10 : 1583425381

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Toni Morrison s The Bluest Eye Excerpt :

Cast: 2 to 3m, 6 to 10w.

An Empire Wilderness Book
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

An Empire Wilderness


  • Author : Robert D. Kaplan
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2014-11-12
  • Genre: Travel
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9780804153492

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An Empire Wilderness Excerpt :

Having reported on some of the world's most violent, least understood regions in his bestsellers Balkan Ghosts and The Ends of the Earth, Robert Kaplan now returns to his native land, the United States of America. Traveling, like Tocqueville and John Gunther before him, through a political and cultural landscape in transition, Kaplan reveals a nation shedding a familiar identity as it assumes a radically new one. An Empire Wilderness opens in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where the first white settlers moved into Indian country and where Manifest Destiny was born. In a world whose future conflicts can barely be imagined, it is also the place where the army trains its men to fight the next war. "A nostalgic view of the United States is deliberately cultivated here," Kaplan writes, "as if to bind the uncertain future to a reliable past." From Fort Leavenworth, Kaplan travels west to the great cities of the heartland--to St. Louis, once a glorious shipping center expected to outshine imperial Rome and now touted, with its desolate inner city and miles of suburban gated communities, as "the most average American city." Kaplan continues west to Omaha; down through California; north from Mexico, across Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas; up to Montana and Canada, and back through Oregon. He visits Mexican border settlements and dust-blown county sheriffs' offices, Indian reservations and nuclear bomb plants, cattle ranches in the Oklahoma Panhandle, glacier-mantled forests in the Pacific Northwest, swanky postsuburban sprawls and grim bus terminals, and comes, at last, to the great battlefield at Vicksburg, Mississippi, where an earlier generation of Americans gave their lives for their vision of an American future. But what, if anything, he asks, will today's Americans fight and die for? At Vicksburg Kaplan contemplates the new America through which he has just traveled--an America of sharply polarized communities that draws its population from pools of talent far beyond its bor

The Words in My Hands Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

The Words in My Hands


  • Author : Asphyxia
  • Publisher : Annick Press
  • Release Date : 2021-11-09
  • Genre: Young Adult Fiction
  • Pages : 250
  • ISBN 10 : 9781773215303

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The Words in My Hands Excerpt :

Part coming of age, part call to action, this fast-paced #ownvoices novel about a Deaf teenager is a unique and inspiring exploration of what it means to belong. Smart, artistic, and independent, sixteen year old Piper is tired of trying to conform. Her mom wants her to be “normal,” to pass as hearing, to get a good job. But in a time of food scarcity, environmental collapse, and political corruption, Piper has other things on her mind—like survival. Piper has always been told that she needs to compensate for her Deafness in a world made for those who can hear. But when she meets Marley, a new world opens up—one where Deafness is something to celebrate, and where resilience means taking action, building a com-munity, and believing in something better. Published to rave reviews as Future Girl in Australia (Allen & Unwin, Sept. 2020), this empowering, unforgettable story is told through a visual extravaganza of text, paint, collage, and drawings. Set in an ominously prescient near future, The Words in My Hands is very much a novel for our turbulent times.

Goodness and the Literary Imagination Book

Goodness and the Literary Imagination


  • Author : Toni Morrison
  • Publisher : University of Virginia Press
  • Release Date : 2019-10-15
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780813943633

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Goodness and the Literary Imagination Excerpt :

What exactly is goodness? Where is it found in the literary imagination? Toni Morrison, one of American letters’ greatest voices, pondered these perplexing questions in her celebrated Ingersoll Lecture, delivered at Harvard University in 2012 and published now for the first time. Perhaps because it is overshadowed by the more easily defined evil, goodness often escapes our attention. Recalling many literary examples, from Ahab to Coetzee’s Michael K, Morrison seeks the essence of goodness and ponders its significant place in her writing. She considers the concept in relation to unforgettable characters from her own works of fiction and arrives at conclusions that are both eloquent and edifying. In a lively interview conducted for this book, Morrison further elaborates on her lecture’s ideas, discussing goodness not only in literature but in society and history—particularly black history, which has responded to centuries of brutality with profound creativity. Morrison’s essay is followed by a series of responses by scholars in the fields of religion, ethics, history, and literature to her thoughts on goodness and evil, mercy and love, racism and self-destruction, language and liberation, together with close examination of literary and theoretical expressions from her works. Each of these contributions, written by a scholar of religion, considers the legacy of slavery and how it continues to shape our memories, our complicities, our outcries, our lives, our communities, our literature, and our faith. In addition, the contributors engage the religious orientation in Morrison’s novels so that readers who encounter her many memorable characters such as Sula, Beloved, or Frank Money will learn and appreciate how Morrison’s notions of goodness and mercy also reflect her understanding of the sacred and the human spirit.

Disgruntled Book
Score: 3
From 5 Ratings

Disgruntled


  • Author : Asali Solomon
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Release Date : 2015-02-03
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780374712952

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Disgruntled Excerpt :

An elegant, vibrant, startling coming-of-age novel, for anyone who's ever felt the shame of being alive Kenya Curtis is only eight years old, but she knows that she's different, even if she can't put her finger on how or why. It's not because she's black—most of the other students in the fourth-grade class at her West Philadelphia elementary school are too. Maybe it's because she celebrates Kwanzaa, or because she's forbidden from reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Maybe it's because she calls her father—a housepainter-slash-philosopher—"Baba" instead of "Daddy," or because her parents' friends gather to pour out libations "from the Creator, for the Martyrs" and discuss "the community." Kenya does know that it's connected to what her Baba calls "the shame of being alive"—a shame that only grows deeper and more complex over the course of Asali Solomon's long-awaited debut novel. Disgruntled, effortlessly funny and achingly poignant, follows Kenya from West Philadelphia to the suburbs, from public school to private, from childhood through adolescence, as she grows increasingly disgruntled by her inability to find any place or thing or person that feels like home. A coming-of-age tale, a portrait of Philadelphia in the late eighties and early nineties, an examination of the impossible double-binds of race, Disgruntled is a novel about the desire to rise above the limitations of the narratives we're given and the painful struggle to craft fresh ones we can call our own.

Paradise Book
Score: 3.5
From 28 Ratings

Paradise


  • Author : Toni Morrison
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2007-07-24
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 338
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307388117

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Paradise Excerpt :

The acclaimed Nobel Prize winner challenges our most fiercely held beliefs as she weaves folklore and history, memory and myth into an unforgettable meditation on race, religion, gender, and a far-off past that is ever present—in prose that soars with the rhythms, grandeur, and tragic arc of an epic poem. “They shoot the white girl first. With the rest they can take their time.” So begins Toni Morrison’s Paradise, which opens with a horrifying scene of mass violence and chronicles its genesis in an all-black small town in rural Oklahoma. Founded by the descendants of freed slaves and survivors in exodus from a hostile world, the patriarchal community of Ruby is built on righteousness, rigidly enforced moral law, and fear. But seventeen miles away, another group of exiles has gathered in a promised land of their own. And it is upon these women in flight from death and despair that nine male citizens of Ruby will lay their pain, their terror, and their murderous rage. “A fascinating story, wonderfully detailed. . . . The town is the stage for a profound and provocative debate.” —Los Angeles Times

If Nuns Ruled the World Book
Score: 4
From 5 Ratings

If Nuns Ruled the World


  • Author : Jo Piazza
  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Release Date : 2014-09-02
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781453287644

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If Nuns Ruled the World Excerpt :

“Fascinating profiles” of remarkable nuns, from an eighty-three-year-old Ironman champion to a crusader against human trafficking (Daily News [New York]). “In an age of villainy, war and inequality, it makes sense that we need superheroes,” writes Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times. “And after trying Superman, Batman and Spider-Man, we may have found the best superheroes yet: Nuns.” In If Nuns Ruled the World, veteran reporter Jo Piazza overthrows the popular perception of nuns as killjoy schoolmarms, instead revealing them as the most vigorous catalysts of change in an otherwise repressive society. Meet Sister Simone Campbell, who traversed the United States challenging a Congressional budget that threatened to severely undermine the well-being of poor Americans; Sister Megan Rice, who is willing to spend the rest of her life in prison if it helps eliminate nuclear weapons; and the inimitable Sister Jeannine Gramick, who is fighting for acceptance of gays and lesbians in the Catholic Church. During a time when American nuns are often under attack from the very institution to which they devote their lives—and the values of the institution itself are hotly debated—these sisters offer thought-provoking and inspiring stories. As the Daily Beast put it, “Anybody looking to argue there is a place for Catholicism in the modern world should just stand on a street corner handing out Piazza’s book.”

Native Son Book
Score: 4
From 41 Ratings

Native Son


  • Author : Richard Nathaniel Wright
  • Publisher : Perfection Learning
  • Release Date : 2003-10-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 0756909074

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Native Son Excerpt :

The story of a young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a brief moment of panic.