As a future Library Media Specialist I thought this book was going to provide a lot of insightful commentary about our ever changing profession, but IAs a future Library Media Specialist I thought this book was going to provide a lot of insightful commentary about our ever changing profession, but I just could not bring myself to keep going after Chapter 8 titled, "Follow that Tattooed Librarian." Every chapter was just so unrealistic, pretentious, and melodramatic. I also did not like this book because Johnson barely mentions school librarians (at least through Ch 8... I don't know about the rest and certainly don't care enough to find out). ...more
Why: I read this book because it has been highly praised (Nobel Prize for Literature AND a Pulitzer!) Also because I am a history teacher committed toWhy: I read this book because it has been highly praised (Nobel Prize for Literature AND a Pulitzer!) Also because I am a history teacher committed to multicultural education.
What works: The story is powerful and deeply moving. This novel makes the reader think... about American history, the legacy of slavery, freedom, human rights, and the endurance of the human spirit to survive and find happiness.
What doesn't: Toni Morrison's writing style makes this book inaccessible for a lot of readers. I would consider myself a good reader, but this novel was very challenging. The reader needs to think like a detective in order to infer much of the chronology, events, and the significance of those events. Though Morrison's style and imagery is beautiful, the message is lost in its own elegance.
To read, or not to read? Not to read. Unless you are required to read this for a class or really want a challenge, rent the 3 hour Oprah film instead. The film misses a few events, but it is a pretty good adaptation. ...more