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The Toni Morrison Book Club

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In this startling group memoir, four friendsblack and white, gay and straight, immigrant and American-bornuse Toni Morrisons novels as a springboard for intimate and revealing conversations about the problems of everyday racism and living whole in times of uncertainty. Tackling everything from first love and Soul Train to police brutality and the Black Lives Matter ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published February 4th 2020 by University of Wisconsin Press
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Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting memoir of sorts with four members of a book club who learned a great deal about themselves, each other and what it means to live in the world from different subject positions through the lens of Toni Morrisons novel. Really interesting conceit and it is quite moving to see these four friends and the emotional generosity they show one another. A thoughtful, different kind of memoir. ...more
Jan 18, 2020 rated it liked it
I love the idea of a group of scholars who come together to read books deeply, to write together, and to push each other to explore important but sometimes painful experiences and emotions in their lives. Still, the book seemed a little too facile and a little too disjointed to sit alongside Toni Morrisons work. ...more
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One reason we read is to walk in another person's shoes and this book provides four sets of shoes we can try on and take a few steps in. These four professors have taken a select few of Toni Morrison's books and told some deeply personal stories about how these books relate to their lives. It's an interesting and unique approach. I, in turn, enjoyed the stories and squirmed because of them. But that's another reason to read: to step out of our comfort zone and learn a little about other people's ...more
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I couldn't stop reading this, partly because it was written by four of my colleagues, but mostly because it was honest and challenging and beautifully written. This literary memoir is all about what books mean to us, how they get under our skin and into our hearts and help us see ourselves, each other, and the world with greater clarity.

In this case, the authors are writing about Toni Morrison's books (The Bluest Eye, Beloved, A Mercy, and Song of Solomon) as well as her legacy. Their essays
Neelam Babul
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The moment I saw this book I knew I have to read it. Any book with the word book or book club is a must-read for me.

It is centred around a group of four scholars who come together to read books written by Toni Morrison namely, Beloved, Sula and The Bluest Eye. The friends then decide to write essays based on what they have read and how it applies to their lives and furthermore, to push each other in exploring their personal and at times painful experiences.

This is a book that will resonate
Cam Waller
I went into this book with high expectations and left feeling a little underwhelmed.

This author quartet offers great readings of Morrisons works, most of which drawing from THE BLUEST EYE, BELOVED, SONG OF SOLOMON, and A MERCY (Ive only read two of these titles so far, and suggest to anyone thinking of reading TTMBC that they first tackle all those novels as a prerequisite). I enjoyed how these readings mixed both academic analysis and personal anecdotes.

But I dunno. Something just felt...
Lisa Mcbroom
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Yes there is truth to reading books about "us", but I prefer to think no matter the gender, sexual preference, race, or creed we bond together from experience. A group of friends.. straight, gay, immigrant, white, African American bond over the works of the great Toni Morrison and write about their favorite works and how it applies to their daily lives. I can remember reading The Bluest Eye and it "blowing my mind"
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I totally loved, loved, loved this book. The book is so relevant and timely. Highly recommended, especially if you'd like to start reading Morrison.
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Im going to be recommending this for suggested book. Club books. Great concept. The introduction gave me goosebumps it was so good. ...more
Rebecca Kiefer
Despite having four authors, I think this book wouldve been greatly improved by adding a fifth - and someone not in academia. Despite the initial promise to stay away from literary analysis, I found a lot of the connections to Morrisons work over my head. Of the eight essays, the only one that stood out to me as a powerful examination of race in the context of Morrisons work was Jacksons Not Today, Motherf#@$. I also quite liked Brown-Glaudes Black Life and the Dead Deer and Williamss Harriet ...more
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have never read a Toni Morrison book, but I was intrigued by the premise of this collection/memoir, so I picked it up at the library. Two essays in and I knew I needed my own copy. This was fascinating and enlightening. Don't miss this one. (Language, sexual references, some mature content references from Morrison's books)
A must-read. thank you to all the authors for their outstanding work and honesty.
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Challenge: Collateral read for 'Reading Toni Morrison' 2020. I congratulate these four authors for sharing secret parts of their lives and then pairing these secret experiences with personal meaning they found in Toni Morrison's books. An extended love letter to Toni Morrison that four colleagues of The College of New Jersey were compelled to write which add to the many voices that need to be heard.
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