LITERATURE

The Toni Morrison Book Club

Univ. of Wisconsin. Feb. 2020. 192p. ISBN 9780299324940. $17.95. LIT
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In 2015, college professor friends Bennett (Toni Morrison and the Queer Pleasure of Ghosts), Winnifred Brown-Glande (Higglers in Kingston: Women’s Informal Work in Jamaica), Cassandra Jackson (Violence, Visual Culture, and the Black Male Body), and Piper Kendrix Williams (Representing Segregation: Toward an Aesthetics of Living Jim Crow), who form a diverse group of black and white, gay and straight, immigrant and American-born, gathered together and created the Toni Morrison Book Club. After two years of meetings, they crafted this personal work celebrating Morrison’s most memorable novels, including The Bluest Eye, Beloved, Song of Solomon, and A Mercy. Here, an aspect of Morrison’s writings becomes a catalyst for discussions on police brutality, immigration, xenophobia, mothering, and exoticizing black female bodies, with intimate, moving, and often funny essays evoking a thoughtfulness and honesty on the part of the authors that in turn is demanded from readers.
VERDICT All who pick up this book, from Morrison devotees to newcomers, will discover lessons in the literature to apply to their own lives. They will also feel inspired and wish to be part of a Toni Morrison Book Club of their own.

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