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The Bluest Eye
The Bluest Eye | Toni Morrison
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Zoes_Human
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“Along with the idea of romantic love, she was introduced to another—physical beauty. Probably the most destructive ideas in the history of human thought. Both originated in envy, thrived in insecurity, and ended in disillusion.”

Reggie She is a master of fully mapping out an idea or a feeling in sentences. ❤️Toni 3w
Zoes_Human @Reggie Indeed! the prelude of this is one of the most disturbing couple of paragraphs I‘ve ever read. Yet it is composed of nothing but words from a child‘s reader. 3w
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keepingupwiththepenguins
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Morrison wrote The Bluest Eye because she was “interested in talking about black girlhood”. It seems sadly inevitable that it would end up a foundational text about the impact of Euro-centric beauty standards and self-loathing. She also said her ‘job‘, as she saw it, was to “rip that veil drawn over proceedings too terrible to relate”, which she certainly achieved. Full review: https://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/the-bluest-eye-toni-morrison/

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DisneyFan
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One of the saddest books I‘ve read in a long time. Read as part of Banned Book Challenge.

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Leftcoastzen
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📖The Bluest Eye
🖋Charles Bukowski
📺Barney Miller
🎤David Bowie
🎼Blitzkreig Bop -The Ramones
#manicmonday #LetterB @CBee
Everyone play! My Monday has been a bit manic .😀

vivastory Have you seen this Blitzkrieg Bop video? It's a fave. I hope things calm down for you soon
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gCWOb7V-b0
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Leftcoastzen @vivastory I hadn‘t seen it ! So funny! 4mo
CBee Great answers! Hope Tuesday is better for you 😊 4mo
peanutnine Oh my god I love Blitzkrieg Bop! 4mo
eeclayton I almost picked Blitzkrieg Bop, too, so good! 4mo
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JenniferEgnor
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Another intense, deeply emotional story from Tony Morrison; the first she told to the world. The heart of the story is something that still happens and you don‘t have to look far to see it. A story of poverty, class, abuse, white supremacy and how all these impacted one little girl forever. A story true, yet banned. Read it, pass it on, and uplift Black girls and Black womxn. Black is beautiful. Black is to be celebrated.

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LeaKell
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I did not know writing until I read Toni Morrison for the first time. Ms. Morrison encouraged all of us to read and learn from her books and while I‘m just beginning to discover the talent and the power of Ms. Morrison I am haunted and enchanted by her characters and their lives.

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Reading my way through Morrison this year. This was her first published book. I appreciate how her themes both evolve and stay grounded in the same topics. Her writing is much easier to understand the deep meanings now that I have read a few of her works.

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Kempfme
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The Bluest Eyes is Toni Morrison‘s first book. It‘s about a girl in Ohio that wishes her eyes to be blue like the blonde haired white girls because they are beautiful, and clean unlike how she feels. It was very moving and emotional. There are some triggering topics that were a little uncomfortable to read, but still a good read.

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Evita
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3 out of 5. Good prose but how is this a literature book for middle and high school students?! I think its too traumatic for young minds.

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#OnThisDay in 1931, Chloe Morrison was born in Lorain, Ohio. When fellow students at Howard University had trouble pronouncing Chloe, she took a nickname based off her baptismal name "Anthony", and went by Toni from then on. One of the first Black editors at Random House, she championed the work of other Black Authors before releasing her own work and becoming the first African American recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature #HistoryGetsLIT

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love the name Chloe ❤️ 10mo
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Juliev
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This was my first Toni Morrison book. It was beautifully written.

CuriousG I think this is the perfect one to start reading Toni Morrison. My first was Beloved (which is amazing, but a tough go), followed by The Bluest Eye. I always felt like I should have reversed the order. 10mo
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MarshmallowAdventures
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This book was as captivating as it was chilling. A moving piece that highlights the effects of internalized racism on a young girl.

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Ididsoidid
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On the surface, a story of a little black girl who wishes for the epitome of white beauty standards: blue eyes. I found it really thought provoking, a lesson in intergenerational trauma and betrayals, and revealing of the subtle, implicit biases in society and in myself. I loved the writing. Powerful and painful. 9/10

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christhelesbian
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amazing
i love toni morrison but a lot of her books don‘t get to the point until the end but her writing is always beautiful and inspiring

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DinoMom
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Thank you @melissajayne for the wonderful #wintersolisticeswap package. I am looking forward to reading these books and the tea sounds delicious. I don‘t have my tree up yet, but once it is up the ornament will be going on. Thank you
@Chrissyreadit @sprainedbrain

sprainedbrain ❤️❤️❤️ 12mo
julesG @melissajayne Don't you think this is a bit rude? Donate what you don't like. 12mo
melissajayne @julesG how can I donate bath salts or a used book? I‘m going to get stuff that I wanted and post it as my #wintersolsticeswap package. 12mo
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melissajayne @julesG how can I donate bath salts or a used book? I‘m going to get stuff that I wanted and post it as my #wintersolsticeswap package. 12mo
Susanita Homeless shelter? Little free library? 12mo
scripturient @melissajayne You‘re being rude! Just regift the bath salts to someone else if you don‘t want them? 🤷🏻‍♀️ (edited) 12mo
Chrissyreadit Sharon I‘m sorry. I can assure you this will not happen again in a swap we host. 12mo
Crazeedi Sharon, you are very special to all of us on litsy. Just ignore the people who are rude and unkind. Sending you my love and hugs and know we all are behind you 12mo
wordslinger42 @DinoMom I'm really shocked to see this level of unkindness on Litsy. That being said, I am sure that whatever you sent was absolutely lovely and picked out with joy and intention on your part ❤ 12mo
sprainedbrain Sharon, I sincerely apologize for this ridiculous behavior. I hope you won‘t hesitate to participate with us in the future… as Chrissy says, this will never happen again in a swap that I host. 12mo
Elizabeth2 I agree with the above posters, and cannot believe the level of rudeness being displayed. I‘m sorry that your kindness was not appreciated. Just wow. 12mo
Reviewsbylola This is so sad. I saw a drama post by Melissa on FB and I‘m shocked someone could be so rude over a holiday swap, especially after all the hard work @sprainedbrain and @Chrissyreadit put in organizing it, not to mention the thought and care you put into your gift @DinoMom ❤️❤️❤️ 12mo
curiouserandcurioser @DinoMom im so very sorry that you have been treated so unkindly. I have seen your kindness and thoughtfulness sprinkled throughout Litsy, and its a shame that she didnt recognize that. Sending love and hugs to you❤❤ 12mo
jenniferw88 Adding my love and hugs to you too! 12mo
TrishB Unacceptable and rude to @DinoMom, sorry this happened. 12mo
Amiable Like @Reviewsbylola , I also was stunned by the FB post and came right over here to add my support. I can‘t believe someone would complain so rudely about a gift that was put together with grace, care and intention. Sending warm hugs and holiday wishes your way! 12mo
erank58 Sending hugs 💙💙 12mo
TheBookHippie 🤍🤍🤍sending love 12mo
LeahBergen Wait… what happened?? I have received several lovely swap gifts from @DinoMom . Not only have I had nothing to ever complain about but I‘ve been thrilled with each carefully chosen gift. 12mo
BookishTrish Love and hugs @DinoMom 12mo
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Santie
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This is the third book by Toni Morrison that I‘ve read. Her writing is good, granted, but I find her stories over-layered, inaccessible, and all over the place. This particular book is very segmented and that made it hard for me to focus. The topic of this book is interesting so I had very high expectations on how she would navigate it and what answers she had to offer but unfortunately she didn‘t do that for me.

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⚠️https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/southlake-texas-anti-racist-book-school-library-rcna2734

'“One of the questions we‘re supposed to ask is ‘Does the writer have a neutral stance on the topic?‘” the teacher said. “Well, if you are Toni Morrison, how can you have a neutral stance toward racism? Now history is being depicted through this rose-colored lens, and all of this is creating a chilling effect that‘s going to hurt our students.”'

TrishB What a terrible statement! 14mo
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TheBookHippie
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UwannaPublishme Wow! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
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ClairesReads
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I can confirm that this novel hurt my feelings in all the ways I expected it to and more. Its measured examination of how trauma is accumulated and internalised is thoughtful, and most importantly confronting. It‘s basically a perfect novel.

Centique Amen to everything you said. I don‘t think I‘ve read anything that hurt as much as reading this. And I‘m so glad it exists 🙌 14mo
ClairesReads @Centique me too x 14mo
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ClairesReads
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#BannedBook
#FallTreasures

A couple from my tbr shelf 💙📚

Eggs Perfect 👌🏼 1y
Nute Very cool bookmark! 1y
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Rachel.Rencher
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How does one even review a book that causes this many feelings? Toni Morrison delivered gut punch after gut punch that all coincided with one another as the seasons went on. I want to reread this now that I know how all the pieces come together.

staci.reads One of the most beautifully written books I've ever read. The last paragraph of that book is one of my favorite passages in literature ❤ 1y
Reign_5.0 I had to read this book for my AP class in 11th grade. Memories of so long ago 😂 1y
Rachel.Rencher @staci.reads I can see why 💙 1y
Rachel.Rencher @Reign_1982 You got to read Toni Morrison in high school?! That's awesome 👏 1y
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Rachel.Rencher
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I 💙 Toni Morrison. I never read her books until I started my master's degree, but WOW. She quickly became one of my favorites after I read Song of Solomon.

I picked up this one at a thrift store, and I'm excited to jump in. 😍

vivastory I've only read Song of Solomon, but it's one of my fave books of all-time. I really need to read more by her 1y
DivineDiana I read this book years ago, but it has stayed in my mind. It will touch your heart. 1y
KathyWheeler I‘m not a crier but this book made me weep. 1y
SamAnne Everything she‘s written ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ (edited) 1y
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Rissreads
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Thanks @Tanisha_A for gifting me this book.
I‘m embarrassed to say it is my first Morrison but it definitely won‘t be my last.
Such a sad book. So much pain and tragedy. It‘s heartbreaking that society is the cause of such self hatred in some children. That there is only one way to look, one kind of beauty. And if you don‘t conform to this beauty standard then you are worthless. We still have such a long way to go to undo these wrongs.

Reggie There is a whole passage about a sofa and what it means to a family that I always think about when this book comes up. Morrison is a master at writing. 1y
Rissreads @Reggie the passage that got to me most was when Mrs. Breedlove was cruel to her own daughter Pecola but kind to the little girl of the people she worked for. That just broke my heart! 1y
Centique I think this is the saddest book I ever read! But it also captured falling in love better than many books do too. Toni Morrison is incredible - there is such a world of wonderful writing for you to enjoy from her! 1y
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vlwelser
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I loved this. If you're reluctant to dive into Toni Morrison because of a previous bad experience (🙋), I definitely recommend this one. And the #audiobook is amazing and read by the author. ❤ It's so good. I can't believe this was her first book.

I'm late posting some of my May reads, so bear with me while I catch up. 😂

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Stacked 💙💙 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I mailed you a letter with only one spray 🤣 We will see if the scent is still there!! 2y
vlwelser @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks. 💙💙💙 😂 that stuff is pretty potent. What brand is it? 2y
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Cortg
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I took a couple days off to visit with my parents and a couple of my siblings and their families. For whatever reason, I have woken up The last two mornings at 5:38am. It‘s weird, but I do love my morning coffee and reading before the chaos starts up! Starting this one as a reread for book club ❤️

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Wildly_Bookish
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Finished my seventh and final book for the #readtherainbow challenge! For violet, The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Wildly_Bookish
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Up next for the #readtherainbow challenge is The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. I've been meaning to read this for SO long!

SamAnne Hard read but a great read. 2y
Wildly_Bookish I couldn't agree more! 2y
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Book 9 of Top10 Challenged Books. Well written. Because of that the ugly and sad parts really hit you. I always have trouble with Rating books like this. It's a classic and important read. But while I was intrigued to see how it was going to end, it was a hard read. So now I can say I've read it and it's doubtful I will ever read again.
9️⃣ #top10challengedbooks

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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ALA announced the Top 10 Challenged Books of 2020 today as part of #NationalLibraryWeek.
Once again I will be counting down to #BannedBooksWeek Sep 26 - Oct 2 and reading Amy I haven't previously read.
Numbers 9,8,6,4,3, & 2.

GingerAntics LGBTQIA+ has been supplanted as the top reason things were banned for “promotes anti-police message.” I don‘t get how calling out bad cops is anti-police, but okay. Not surprised Stamped got challenged and banned in places. There are some white people truly up in arms about anything that says they might not be the superior race or that they might have done something wrong. 2y
Crinoline_Laphroaig @GingerAntics Sorry I didn't see your reply until now. For some reason Litsy is not show up in my phone notifications. 2y
Crinoline_Laphroaig @GingerAntics absolutely I see that here where I live whole bunch of white Republicans acting like they've done nothing wrong. 2y
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GingerAntics @Crinoline_Laphroaig oh let‘s see...just off the top of my head...they‘ve voted in people who actively restrict voting rights, they insist of forcing their religious beliefs on others (“freedom of religion” only applies to you apparently), they‘ve looked the other way or full on supported systemic racism, sexism, homophobia and xenophobia... they‘re right. They‘re so innocent. 🤦🏼‍♀️🥃 2y
GingerAntics @Crinoline_Laphroaig those people are so deluded, but if you try to come from a “lived experience” angle they lose their bloody minds. 2y
GingerAntics @Crinoline_Laphroaig I have the adult version on audio. I should have listened to it in February. 2y
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Beccacraft
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A powerful book that is meant to have readers reflect on our role in the ongoing issues with racism, classism, sexism, and white beauty standards. The story was excellent, albeit heartbreaking, but the organization of the narrative made this book feel unnecessarily complicated to understand and took away from the potential power of the story.

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JackieGreco
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This is a powerful story by Toni Morrison. It forces you to reflect on your part in the story and why the story happened the way it did.

SamAnne A devastating read. 2y
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cpellee
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4.7/5

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WomanistBibliophile Heart-achingly good 2y
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KatieDid927
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Toni Morrison‘s writing is beautiful and poetic. I really enjoyed how she constructed the narrative. While the writing is beautiful, the story is incredibly heartbreaking. Basically all the CWs with this one.

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Caryl
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9: After watching the Toni Morrison documentary (The Pieces I Am), my husband and I read this one together — her first novel.

#12booksof2020 @Andrew65

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marleed
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This book was almost too much for me to take in. Every child has an inalienable right to be loved and feel beloved within their family. Today‘s a perfect day for me to reach out and make sure those depending on me to unconditionally love them, know that indeed I do.

Oh, and this makes me 12 for 12 on both the Jenna and the Reese bookclubs!

And Merry Christmas Everyone!

erzascarletbookgasm Merry Christmas 🎄 2y
Bookzombie Merry Christmas! 🎄 2y
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rachelk
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Morrison brilliantly, poetically tells a story of internalized racism, classism, sexism, white beauty standards and the heartbreaking life of a poor black girl in the 1940‘s. I think this is an important book to read, but you need to be in the right headspace mentally because it‘s really sad.

Reggie This is sooo not a December book. But that Morrison writing sticks with ya. 2y
rachelk @Reggie Yeah. I think I better read something a little easier on my heart now. 2y
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ErraticElle
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A powerful book with excellent historical inclusion & social commentary. The writing is beautiful & flows incredibly nicely. However, the organization & construction of the narrative felt very jarring and took away from the cohesiveness and power of the story. I will read more Toni Morrison, but this felt unnecessarily complicated to read.

TheBookHippie My favorite of hers, although I read it in 1983 the first time. It haunted me for years. I have reread it a few times over the years with students. 2y
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My first time reading Toni Morrison... the chapters seemed to delve off occasionally which made it hard for my overworked brain to stay focused on. A very sad book on several levels, but easy to read.

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Is there anyone else like Morrison? Even the foreword was amazing. Beautifully written and incredibly sad. Lots to chew on.

Tanisha_A LOTS, definitely. 2y
Reggie Ughhhhh this book...😭. Also, there‘s a section about a sofa in here that I really love. 2y
ephemeralwaltz Nobody like her. For sure. 2y
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shaynarae
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I meant to pick this up for Banned Books Week, but I‘m never on time with my banned books. And I had a hard time getting into this one. Race relations in America is never easy, but it has to be faced. I had a hard time not comparing it to Beloved, which I liked a lot more. But Toni Morrison does not disappoint. #dogsoflitsy

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shaynarae @ShelleyBooksie Thanks! 🐶 2y
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Yahui07
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Everyone has his or her own burden. You thought you would be happy once you have the blue eyes⋯⋯

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HeatherBookNerd
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A devastating, sometimes disturbing look at how a helpless child without any support is crushed by racism, poverty, and abuse. But wow, Morrison is such an amazing storyteller and masterful with language. She is a voice whispering every character‘s secrets and prompting the reader to consider how we might be complicit in the destruction of this poor girl. A very good, hard book. Morrison did the audiobook herself and it is mesmerizing.

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"The careful development of thrift, patience, high morals, and good manners. In short, how to get rid of the funkiness. The dreadful funkiness of passion, the funkiness of nature, the funkiness of the wide range of human emotions."

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Samary
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Heart breaking, heart melting at parts. Some parts a little herd to read about. A lesson on be careful what you wish for. It‘s not always that great or won‘t make you happy after all.

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SamAnne Reread it this year. What a debut novel. 2y
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So.... this happened.