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Discover Black History Month with Toni Morrison

Discover Black History Month with Toni Morrison

Sula by Toni Morrison

 

You can’t have Black History Month without Toni Morrison, right?

After all, Oprah picked Sula as a book club choice in the 90s!!

Let the record show that I already knew about Ms Morrison by then. (smirk)

I think my first Morrison book must have been

The Bluest Eye

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

“Pecola prays for her eyes to turn blue so that she will be as beautiful and beloved as all the blond, blue-eyed children in America.”

It seemed to me that Pecola and I shared the same desire. How did Morrison know??

Because she’s Toni Friggin Morrison, that’s how.

Paradise by Toni Morrison

I can’t remember if I read this Jazz. I must have.

Jazz by Toni Morrison

I’m beginning to have one of my brilliant ideas.

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

I think I will take ALL of my Toni Morrison books (my Toni shrine)

on vacation this summer and have a little Tonithon.

A Toni re-reading marathon. A Tonithon.

Which is your fave Toni Morrison book?

Disclaimer:¬†¬†while these books are for grown folks, I’m sure many teens will enjoy these as well.

There is violence, sexual violence and language in these books. It’s up to you to decide what’s right for YOUR child.

Happy discovery.

Qualifies for the Diversity Challenge too.

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I think I have now read ALL of Toni Morrison’s Books.

Toni Morrison has been around a while. And her work has inspired many discussions, arguments, and probably, homework assignments.  It had been a while since I’d read anything of Morrison’s and although her works are great, they, unfortunately for me, contain ghosts, which as you know, scare me because I’m a chicken.

MorrisonCollage

This collage only represents the books that I remember reading. It is not meant to be conclusive.

Morrison’s books generally take place in mid century America. In a time when civil rights where either just about to happen or are in progress.  Her heroines and heroes are full of life and characters and flaws, and just like us all, have dreams of a better life.  The human condition is the same in all of us, which I guess is a common thread in Morrison’s work.

I read Home this weekend and I loved it. Morrison’s writing will make you think about what home means and what it is to be a family. I didn’t find the action in Home to be as tumultuous and as ghost filled as her other works, but the resonating message is still there: I am a person.

Any and every Toni Morrison book qualifies for the Diversity Challenge! Have you read any of the nobel laureate’s books?  Which one(s)?

Also? Her books have frequently been on the Banned Books list. Know which ones?

 

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Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop: Authors of Color

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom To Read

All this week I’ll be celebrating banned books week by highlighting challenged or banned books. Why is banned books week important? According to the American Library Association (of which I’m a member),

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.

As a parent, you have a right to decide what your own children should be exposed to, but I strongly believe that you do not have the right to dictate what other children have access to. So, let’s celebrate the books that have been challenged and see if you’ve read any of them and you can make the decision for yourself. Each day of Banned Books Week I’ll highlight several of the titles that were challenged or banned last year. Let’s see how they stack up.  Also? This is a blog hop so I’ll giveaway a $10 Amazon gift card to the winner!

Today’s the last day of Banned Books Week. In honor of that I thought we’d take a look at the authors of color and how they’ve played a role in BBW.  To be sure, authors of color include just about everyone who isn’t in the White majority, which brings a full complement of experiences to literature that readers might not otherwise be exposed.  Because many of these experiences contain violent situations and language, they are frequently part of the challenged and banned books list.

I’ve made a collage of the authors of color who often appear on the list.  Let’s see if you recognize any of them.

authors of color

Hard to believe, isn’t it? Without these books we wouldn’t have any idea of the African American experience, the Hispanic experience or the Native American experience.  Can you imagine not knowing what you know about those groups and their struggles? And who didn’t cry when they read Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor?

What’s your fave author of color?

Thanks for tuning in to Banned Books Week!

 

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