Friday Fives | Toni Morrison Books to Read

Posted February 18, 2022 by TheNonbinaryLibrarian in friday fives / 0 Comments

I started Friday Fives back when I started up the blog again and wanted to make sure I kept at least one regular post a week. This was, of course, before I knew there were others out there. But I decided to keep it, especially since I have the whole year planned out. In December, I decided to change it to Friday Fives instead to have more room for topics.

I’m continuing featuring Black authors with Toni Morrison this week. I took an entire class in grad school on her, where I read every single book of hers (at the time, the class was in spring 2018). It was one book a week, so it was a lot. Here are my top 5 of her books, of course any of her books are AMAZING!!

God Help the Child weaves a tale about the way the sufferings of childhood can shape, and misshape, the life of the adult.

Home is a taut and tortured story about one man’s desperate search for himself in a world disfigured by war.

Of course, I have to mention one of the more known novels by Toni Morrison. Beloved transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby.

This is probably my favorite of Morrison’s. It’s pretty much tied with Song of Solomon. I mean the first line starts with “They shoot the white girl first. With the rest they can take their time.” How can you not be hooked?

A coming of age story that follows Milkman from his rustbelt city to the place of his family’s origins, introducing us to an entire cast of strivers and seeresses, liars and assassins, the inhabitants of a fully realized black world.

What Toni Morrison Books would you recommend? What’s your favorite Morrison novel?

Happy Reading Darlings!

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