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Song of Solomon
Song of Solomon | Toni Morrison
Milkman Dead was born shortly after a neighborhood eccentric hurled himself off a rooftop in a vain attempt at flight. For the rest of his life he, too, will be trying to fly. With this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison transfigures the coming-of-age story as audaciously as Saul Bellow or Gabriel Garca Mrquez. As she follows Milkman from his rustbelt city to the place of his familys origins, Morrison introduces an entire cast of strivers and seeresses, liars and assassins, the inhabitants of a fully realized black world.
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Graywacke
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Morrison was, in my imagination, very angry writer in a good way, and I‘ve felt that always comes throug in her writing. Here she found a creative balance, a playful way to express that anger, making this, for me, the most enjoyable of her terrific novels.

I came across so many terrific S‘s, I made categories! See the comments.

#Alphabetgame #LetterS @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Graywacke So many wonderful S‘s, I grouped them:

Terrific Literary novels:
Second Place-Rachel Cusk
Shosha-Isaac Bashevis Singer
Sula-Toni Morrison

Really fun genre novels:
Small Gods-Terry Pratchett
Snow Crash-Neal Stephenson

Poetry that makes you want to read poetry:
Strike Sparks: Selected Poems, 1990-2002-Sharon Olds
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Graywacke Nonfiction biblical gems:
Scribal Culture and the Making of the Hebrew Bible-Karel van der Toorn
Stories from Ancient Canaan-(Michael David Coogan translation)

And a nonfictional hidden gem:
Stonehenge-Rosemary Hill (it‘s a history of the cultural response to Stonehenge, including a tracking of the whole wonderfully botched evolution of science in England. Made John Aubrey a hero for me.)
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Graywacke Inspirational pseudo-nonfiction novel (a spiritual center for me):
The Songlines-Bruce Chatwin

Note that I could have gone with this as my actual S choice. I hesitated between it and SoS.
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Kammbia1 I would respectfully disagree that Morrison was an angry writer. I‘ve read Song of Solomon, Jazz, & Paradise and anger was the emotion I got from any of those novels. She wanted to the black American experience in its fullest range possible. 2mo
Graywacke @Kammbia1 fair enough. I mention it as a strength. But it‘s still an interpretation (and over the writer‘s own claims.) 2mo
Kammbia1 @Graywacke Of course…I was not trying to be contentious or argumentative. Your comment just got my attention and I just shared my interpretation. 2mo
Graywacke @Kammbia1 I modified my post to make it clear it‘s my own perception, and not an objective description. 2mo
Graywacke @Kammbia1 I appreciate your sharing it. It came across to me in a good way. 🙂 2mo
Kammbia1 @Graywacke It‘s all good. Reading is subjective and we all bring our own experience to a book. No worries! 👍🏿 2mo
batsy Taking notes—lots I haven't read, including both Morrisons. Stonehenge sounds excellent. 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm So many interesting S favourites! 2mo
Graywacke @Kammbia1 yes, we do. Thankfully. 🙂 2mo
Graywacke @batsy 🙂 These two Morrisons are terrific dynamic works. 2mo
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IuliaC
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A man on a quest to uncover his inheritance and understand his identity; a very special family novel, slow, heavy and painfully realistic in the first half, with quite a steep shift to a more alert and captivating storyline in the second, flirting with magical realism, myths and allegory.

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bio_chem06
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I bow down….I salute you….. I hate myself for how long it took me to read a Toni Morrison book. It was recommended that I read this one later, after I‘ve experienced her other writing. There was absolutely no reason. I can‘t get my hands on the rest of her work fast enough!

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NikkiM5
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Another wonderful Morrison read. So many amazing and deep scenes, but this one gave me all the feels 👆🏾🙌🏾

Cathythoughts ❤️ 9mo
CuriousG I think this is my favourite Morrison novel. 9mo
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bio_chem06
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I always hate having to admit when I haven‘t read something that seems to be a mainstay. My Midwestern & primarily white school system didn‘t help this fact, so I‘m working through the classics that took me so long to find. I can‘t wait to love Toni Morrison.

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vivastory
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1) Today I'd have to say: King, Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson.
2) Morag Gunn from The Diviners, Veruca Salt, Uriah Heep (Dickens had the best character names), Ignatius Reilly, Macon Dead AKA Milkman (so many great names in Song of Solomon)
3) Loads were added this morning upon finding out that the annual Book Concierge has been released:
https://apps.npr.org/best-books/#view=covers&year=2021

#wondrouswednesday @eggs

Eggs #2 - great names❣️❣️ 10mo
LeahBergen Morag Gunn! 😊 10mo
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Daisey
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I finished the rest of my #reread of this book with a lunch of chili cheese dip. I‘ve read a few of Morrison‘s books over the years and this one is still my favorite. I didn‘t read it as carefully as I did during college, but the characters in this story are fascinating.

#Deweys24HourReadathon #Readathon #ReadAndEat #1001books #Reading1001 #TBRTakedown October 2021

Graywacke This was maybe my favorite when i read through her novels. I haven‘t reread it though 11mo
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Daisey
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It‘s a beautiful but slightly cooler fall weekend, so I made a pot of chili and had a bowl for supper along with a few chapters. I haven‘t read this book since college, yet I‘ve continued to consider it my favorite of Morrison‘s books that I‘ve read. I‘m looking forward to the reread and seeing what I think this time.

#ReadAndEat #reread #1001books
#Reading1001 #TBRTakedown October 2021

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KatieDid927
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I felt the characters were especially vibrant in this novel.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💙📚💛 13mo
SamAnne ❤️❤️❤️ 13mo
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alysonimagines
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An epic family saga reminiscent of Shakespeare‘s Hamlet and Homer‘s Odyssey, blended with magical realism and a vibrant cast of unforgettable characters.🔸#augustreads2021

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KatieDid927
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Finally got this shipped out and on the way! A little later than planned, but still scheduled to arrive on time. @Avanders #FFFS

Avanders 🧡🍁🍂🍂🍁🧡 13mo
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sharread
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Beautifully written, hypnotic in a way takes you deep into the story of the characters life, town, and family. #BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks
5 💫💫💫💫💫

vivastory I read this a few years ago & it's easily one of my favorites of all-time 13mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 13mo
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KatieDid927
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1. Tagged!
2. The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina
3. Fall! ???

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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lowellette
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I haven‘t read Morrison in the past 20 years. It was wonderful to revisit her work as part of #blwnl week. This is the part of librarianship I do not like—the pressure to always be reading new releases. We miss out on the great works—which we‘re the only books I read before I entered the profession. I loved it.

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broughtyoubooks
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A short read/listen. The exploration of misogyny in black communities stood out as the main theme, though it's a story of family(??). Morrison is always worth the read, and her narration was incredible.

CuriousG One of my favourites ❤ 2y
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MicheleinPhilly
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Tickets are available with a donation as low as $5! 😮

https://litpartners2020.org/toni-morrison/

merelybookish What a lineup! 2y
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ChemistKat
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I didn‘t understand SoS as well as I usually like, but Morrison delivers a complex, emotional read. I like that it‘s a lot to digest and it‘s not all obvious to me with a first read. It‘s opportunity growth. I also loved the character portraits!

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ChemistKat
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Late lab nights require books during wait-breaks. Morrison‘s Beloved was a beautiful, emotionally-heavy read. Looking forward to discovering this one.

SamAnne Just reread this and it was better the second time. 2y
ChemistKat @SamAnne I love those kind of books! 2y
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SamAnne
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Photo is a day late in honor of National Dog Day. Jackson is my reading companion! The book: I hadn‘t read the tagged book in nearly 30 years. Got so much more out of it, esp since I‘ve been reading some Faulkner, Flanner O‘Connor and other southern writers. Wow. A lot to unpack in this book.

Hooked_on_books Look at your sweet baby! “Momma, won‘t you pet me?” So cute! 🐶💚 2y
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BeaG
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Mehso-so

This is a reread for me. I read it many years ago while in college. I did not like it and found it hard to understand. This time, I had the audiobook. I understood it better, but it wasn‘t a great book. Interesting stuff going on in the family, but it was too much for me.

sharread The Testament of Solomon will definitely surprise you. It's creepy scary...I personally think. Much different from the Song of Solomon. 😁 2y
BeaG @sharread I will look to see if it‘s available on Overdrive. Thanks. 2y
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BeaG
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#WondrousWednesday @Eggs 🌸 Others view me as a fashionista. 🌺 72 hours was the longest I‘ve gone without sleeping. I was prescribed Prednisone for a sinus infection and it kept me from falling asleep.

TheSpineView I can see the fashionista. Love the glasses! 😎😎😎 2y
BeaG @TheSpineView LOL Thanks! 2y
jenniferw88 I know Prednisolone rather well! 2y
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BeaG @jenniferw88 I hate it. I will suffer whatever ailment I have if that‘s the only option. I seriously couldn‘t close my eyes. 2y
jenniferw88 @BeaG yeah, luckily it didn't do that to me. I have itvwhen my Crohn's disease flares up, so i get increased appetite which then affects my diabetes! It goes round in a circle for me! 2y
BeaG @jenniferw88 Oh, wow. I wish there was something else that helped you.😔 What does the 88 mean in your handle? 2y
jenniferw88 @BeaG thanks, I'm now on an infusion for the Crohn's, the Prednisolone is for when it gets worse. The 88 is my house number! 2y
BeaG @jenniferw88 ok, I graduated high school in 88! ☺️ 2y
Eggs Great photo Bea 💕 thanks For playing 👍🏼📚🥰 2y
BeaG @Eggs Thanks! 2y
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ValerieAndBooks
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Song of Solomon is stunning — for Morrison‘s writing and the impact it has. Milkman Dead is going to rate up there for memorable characters (although he‘s not always likeable).

Read this for August‘s #authoramonth2020. I‘ve read The Bluest Eye & Sula (left) in the past. Unintentionally I‘ve read in chronological order so far. If I want to continue to do that, need Tar Baby before continuing on with the two in TBR (right). 👇

ValerieAndBooks Morrison is definitely not one to either speed through or read back-to-back. Amazing author. Also a #1001Books 2y
Ruthiella I agree about the speed in reading Morrison‘s books. I had to slowly work up to Beloved in the ‘90s. 2y
ValerieAndBooks @Ruthiella Yes. Since she invested so much time and thought into writing her books, we as readers should do the same. 2y
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bernadette
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What an amazing book. I love Morrison's writing but really didn't like the main character, Milkman Dead, because he is a deeply flawed character with very little to recommend him. He's selfish, spoiled, drifting rather aimlessly through life, and just as I was about done with him and the book, Morrison has him head South and everything that went on before in the story made much more sense and the end made the book worth the parts I hadn't liked.

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Skygoddess1
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This was just an ok book for me. I feel like if Morrison had made the book longer (the audiobook is 3 hrs) I would‘ve enjoyed it more. My meh feelings towards this book may also be due to my not being a huge fan of magical realism, they tend to be hit or miss books for me. I did however enjoy the Biblical allusions and the characters, Corinthians, Pilate, etc who were named for either a book or person in the Bible. #AuthorAMonth #AAMTM

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SamAnne
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Starting a reread of this for a book club. It‘s been a couple decades at least!

Cortg I‘m hoping to read this before the end of the year! 2y
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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“You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.”

What a legend.

#augustauthors #tonimorrison

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TheSpineView
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SamAnne Rereading this for a book club this month. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great quote!! 2y
OriginalCyn620 🙌🏼📚😊 2y
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Eggs
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Mehso-so

This book is biblical. It‘s a song or memories of songs—it‘s metaphors and allegories and poetry; but amidst all that, it does not inspire me to care about the characters at all.
#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks
#authoramonth2020 @Soubhiville
#tonimorrison #augustauthors @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

OriginalCyn620 I do like this photo of her though! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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Melismatic
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I‘m bummed bc I obliviously picked the abridged version so this text flew by and I was often like “Wait - what?” especially bc this was my first Morrison. But I love her style of prose, so melodious & descriptive! 😍

#AuthorAMonth #AuthorAMonth2020

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LitStephanie
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Great book about a black family living in the 1930s to 1960s in Michigan. The characters aren't exactly likeable--we eventually get both sides of the story of the parents' unhappy marriage and moderate pity was about all I could stir myself to feel for them--but they are fascinating. I especially liked how Morrison's characters try to put together their family history, impossible to verify, through snatches of memory and imagined narratives.

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LitStephanie
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"Bryn Mawr had done what a four-year dose of liberal education was designed to do: unfit her for eighty percent of the useful work of the world." This rings true still and is why I referred to my first degree as a B of U: Bachelor's in Unemployment. ?

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LitStephanie
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The North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance agent promised to fly from Mercy to the other side of Lake Superior at three o'clock.
#firstlinefridays
@ShyBookOwl

Graywacke Such a terrific book. 2y
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Bookpearl
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Pearls pick for the month of July is none other than Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison. It‘s been years since I‘ve read this (20+ to be exact) and I‘m curious to see if I have matured with my thinking. I‘m making way slowly through this piece and finding that Milkman is someone who still sits with me to this day.

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Anna from Gustine
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I enjoyed this book. Though written in 1977, it could have been written just a few months ago. Not much has changed when it comes to the black experience in America. But what I especially enjoyed was Morrison's storytelling. The problematic relationships and the mystery of the family origins were so compelling. I sped through the last third because I had to find out what happened!

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Cosmos_Moon
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So good. A circular life, love, self loathing and misplaced hatred in a family. May #BookSpin #DoubleSpin @TheAromaofBooks

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Cosmos_Moon
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Well here‘s some crazy imagery!

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Cosmos_Moon
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The North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance agent promised to fly from Mercy to the other side of Lake Superior at thee o‘clock.
#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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Cosmos_Moon
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1️⃣ any character that makes you trust them and then stabs someone in the back, and totally betrays my heart.
2️⃣ my new purple Passion flowers are the most fragrant I‘ve ever smelled!
3️⃣ tagged book
@MoonWitch94 #ThoughtfulThursday

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 📚❤️☺️ 2y
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Cosmos_Moon
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1. 📖 Song of Solomon; 🎧 Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World
2. Crystal in Geek Love
3. 30 Days to Happiness
#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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Cathythoughts
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#ISpy thanks @Lel2403 Thankyou for the tag 👍🏻💚green cover ✨✨✨✨✨

batsy Lovely photo. What's that in the background, a book sleeve? It's so pretty! 3y
Cathythoughts @batsy Thanks ! It‘s just a box & then some material .... thanks XXX hope you are doing ok. 3y
youneverarrived Beautiful cover! 3y
batsy @Cathythoughts I'm doing OK Cathy, thank you. How are you doing? 3y
Cathythoughts @batsy ok too Thanks. Good days and bad days ❤️ 3y
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Romy819
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" o sugarman done fly away
Sugarman done gone
Sugarman cut across the sky
Sugarman gone home.

O sugarman done fly
O sugarman done gone."

I always brace myself before reading any of her book, I'm glad it was not dark like beloved. This is my favorite Morrison novel thus far. The way she balance between humours and depth. Her characters has life, voice, and distinct personality.

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Krose1
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Oh Toni Morrison is so brilliant. That is all.

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Brie
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Like many, I was so saddened to hear the news of Toni Morrison‘s passing. I was also ashamed it took me so long to get to this beautiful novel of family and belonging, steeped in biblical allusions and magical realism. This might be my second favorite of her novels, after Sula.

EchoLogical Have you read The Bluest Eye? 3y
Brie @EchoLogical Yes! Twice, once for myself and once for school. That‘s another good one of hers. 3y
Kammbia1 I'm going to read this one as a buddy read next month in honor of her passing. Looking forward to it....as this novel will be a re-read for me. 3y
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vivastory
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1) As I've already mentioned this is the only Morrison I've read, but I think about it frequently.
2) Teleportation! I'd use it to visit all of the bookstores on my bucket list.
3) Virgo.
4) #NYRBBookClub discussion with my co-host @mklong for "Black Wings Has My Angel." Out to eat & read.
#friyayintro @howjessreads

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gradcat Lovely quote. ♥️ 3y
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Liatrek
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To my great shame I realized I didn‘t own any of Toni Morrison books 🤦🏾‍♀️ I have now rectified the situation and look forward to reading soon

Leftcoastzen Nice!! 3y
lele1432 I need to do the same. 😞 3y
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