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Beloved
Beloved | Toni Morrison
Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe’s new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. Filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope, Beloved is a towering achievement.
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madamereadsalot1
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EmilieGR
Beloved | Toni Morrison
Mehso-so

Have read this a few times- sometimes I whet it, sometimes I don‘t

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tournevis
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Went to the National Portrait Gallery earlier today. Avoided most of the bombastic stuff and stuck to the contemporary exhibit. And there was this, the great Morisson in all her magnificent glory. Damn!

vivastory Stunning. Thanks for posting! 3mo
Lindy Still great, but not late (as far as I know) 3mo
tournevis @Lindy aaaah oops. 3mo
Lindy @tournevis 👍 3mo
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jmtrivera
Beloved | Toni Morrison
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It's Friday night. I'm rearranging my shelves. Who here wouldn't want to date me? 😂

RvnclawWhovian Lol I did that earlier! 3mo
Eggs Indeed!! I‘ve read several of those 3mo
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SomedayAlmost
Beloved | Toni Morrison
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Happy birthday to the brilliant, challenging & inspiring Toni Morrison! #happybirthday #brilliantwomen #Americanclassics

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megnews
Beloved | Toni Morrison
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Albom and Angelou and Gibbons and Morrison
...
These are a few of #MyFavoriteThings. Authors that is.

#MusicalNewYear

Cinfhen Fabulous choices 😍 5mo
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she_isthe_arrow
Beloved | Toni Morrison

I've always wanted to read this novel, but when I found out Toni Morrison's real name is Chloe aka my name it bumped it to the top of my list. 😂 #beloved #ToniMorrison #imanarcissist

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sprainedbrain
Beloved | Toni Morrison
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This book is a lot of things... harrowing, painful tales of slavery and the horrible things humans have done to each other, the stories of mothers and families, a ghost story... Toni Morrison‘s writing is amazing and beautifully descriptive, but the wandering plot and some of the more poetic passages lost me. Also, I have a like/dislike relationship with her audio narration—love to hear her read, but parts are uneven.

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

#readBlackwomen

C.Perone I loved this book! The writing was so damn beautiful that I had to read some parts 3 or 4 times because I just couldn't believe someone could arrange simple words in such an amazing way. This was the first book that I really noticed actually writing as opposed to story and was mind-blown🤯 (I was in my mid 20s at the time) 5mo
sprainedbrain @C.Perone This is my 4th Morrison, and I definitely think she is truly a gifted writer. ❤️ 5mo
Butterfinger This was my first audiobook. I remember knitting and being so shocked at the content. After my initial shock, I could not stop. It was the weirdest and saddest book I had read. 5mo
Readerann I agree with your comments. Morrison is unquestionably a gifted writer, but I just didn‘t love this book. 5mo
Gillyreads I think the poetic wanderingness was part of why I loved it. 5mo
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GatheringBooks
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#QuotsyFeb19 Day 3: #Velvet as a new-born world. I read this novel aloud two years ago to my teenage daughter and only a few pages in, she knew it was still way too much for her and begged for another title. 😂🤣🧚🏼‍♀️📚💕

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24in48
Beloved | Toni Morrison
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It‘s our last challenge of day one, and it‘s one of our favs. We‘re highlighting one of our favorite grassroots organizations, #WeNeedDiverseBooks, which “advocates essential changes in the publishing industry.” For this challenge, we want to see and hear about diverse books that you love, and the ways you work to diversify your bookshelves.📚 Head to 24in48.com to enter, check past challenge and check-in posts to see if we drew your name! #24in48

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suzisteffen
Beloved | Toni Morrison
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Feeling kind of boring here!
🇺🇸
🇺🇸 If You See Me, Don‘t Say Hi, by Neel Patel
🇺🇸 tagged
🇩🇰 & 🇦🇺, but we are going to 🇫🇷 for the ⚽️🌍🏆

@wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 🌎 6mo
suzisteffen Oops so sleepy I forgot to hashtag #HelloThursday 😂😂 6mo
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AshleyHoss820
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I don‘t know how I missed adding this on here! We read it for class (it was a re-read, for me) and I probably just got overloaded with preparing for finals. Anyway, Morrison is one of my favorite authors. She tells you a story, but it is not a story. It is the truth. She doesn‘t flinch from the truth and she doesn‘t care about your feelings. The only way to truly move forward is to clear away the ghosts of the past. 150/1,001 #1001Books

vivastory I read Song of Solomon last month & was floored by it 6mo
AshleyHoss820 @vivastory Song of Solomon is one of my absolute favorites. 😊 I felt the same way when I finished it. 6mo
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Lvbooms
Beloved | Toni Morrison
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One of my favorite books.

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
Beloved | Toni Morrison
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This classic is a fictional horror story based on a historical horror story. Sethe‘s baby, unnamed except for a tombstone labeled “Beloved,” will haunt you for the rest of your days.

#ghosts #octoberxfiles @Cinfhen @Robothugs

Cathythoughts I loved this book 💔great choice 🙏🏻 (edited) 9mo
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Dogearedcopy
Beloved | Toni Morrison
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Wow. This 1988 Pulitzer Prize winning novel is *amazing*: It‘s lit-fic, American fic, African-American lit, a ghost story, a horror story, lyrical prose, and a story about truths wrapped up in magical realism. “Beloved” is the name on the headstone of a girl... And yeah, that‘s all I‘m going to tell you!

🎧 The audio is showing its age with a cloudy background and odd edits (where tags were removed?) but T.M.‘s performance was mesmerizing

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KuehlerBookStop
Beloved | Toni Morrison
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Day seven of #bannedbooksweek I‘m showing off BELOVED. Definitely a very hard book to read. I can understand why this book would be challenged but it‘s definitely a book people should have the option of reading. This book has been challenged pretty much every year since it‘s been published. Reasons are “includes scenes of violent sex, including gang rape, and too graphic and extreme for teenagers.”•
#bannedbooksbonanza #beloved #tonimorrison

Linsy One of the banned authors that‘s still on my TBR. Love that photo! (edited) 9mo
KuehlerBookStop @Linsy thank you! 9mo
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spinesvines
Beloved | Toni Morrison
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Words Have Power, Read A Banned Book!
It‘s #BannedBooksWeek 📖✊🏽 What banned book are you reading?

I read my first Toni Morrison book, #THEBLUESTEYE, in 2016. I‘m kind of ashamed to say that I‘ve never read #BELOVED. But no time like the present.
🍃🍁

#spinesvines #books #wine #diversespines #bannedbooks #fridayreads #tgif #tonimorrison #wocwriters #fallreading

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SW-T
Beloved | Toni Morrison
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#HelloThursday | Banned Books Edition

1. Beloved
2. Animal Farm #reread
3. Kite Runner
4. Against banning books. Think they provide opportunity for understanding others and yourself.

Top 100 lists
http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/top100

Infographic of banned book history
https://indiereader.com/2015/10/a-history-of-banned-books/

#bannedbooks #bannedbooksweek #ireadbannedbooks

@wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 👍🏻📚 And thanks for sharing the list. 😀 10mo
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Dogearedcopy
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🎧 I‘m listening to the haunting, mesmerizing prose of Toni Morrison who is hypnotizing me with her cadence and the intensity of the story about a black slave who has escaped to Ohio but whose past keeps reaching out to her. Graphic? Yes, but also beautiful, poetic, and that which speaks to brutal truths.

#BannedBooksWeek

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Dogearedcopy
Beloved | Toni Morrison
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🎧 I usually shy away from audiobooks read by the author but this is one in which I really want to hear the author‘s voice.

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Deborah42
Beloved | Toni Morrison
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The gorgeous poetry of Morrison‘s writing makes the degradations experienced by the slaves at Sweet Home even more horrifying. Sethe is haunted, literally, by the ghost of her dead daughter.

The story circles in on itself as Sethe gradually comes to terms with the circumstances of Beloved‘s death. Because of the novel‘s structure, the plot is sometimes hard to follow, but the writing is so beautiful that I didn‘t mind getting lost in it.

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megnews
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📚Beloved by Toni Morrison
📝Geraldine Brooks (James Baldwin close second)
🎞Brave (Disney). 📺Boston Legal
🥓bacon
#manicmonday #letterb

JoScho I loved Boston Legal! 10mo
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cherinium
Beloved | Toni Morrison
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Phantasma.Maddie Aw, I loved that one. I‘m sorry it didn‘t bring out the same feelings in you. 10mo
cherinium @Phantasma.Maddie I don't usually enjoy prose that leans toward poetic. I'm not much of an abstract thinker, so I just don't enjoy having to reread sections over and over to figure out what is happening. 10mo
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cherinium
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I don't know how to feel as I read this book for #GARBingo. I bailed on the #audiobook several months ago, because I didn't have a clue what was happening after a couple chapters. The physical book is easier to follow, but man...I struggle with the jumps in time and perspective; and the poetic language is killing me. I think I would enjoy the story if not told in such an abstract(?) fashion. I want to finish, but this one is a struggle.

bookandcat This is one of Morrison's tougher entries. The Bluest Eye is a bit more straightforward. I do love her books, however. She is very choosey with her words and how she puts something. Very thoughtful writer, but it makes for complicated reading. 10mo
cherinium @bookandcat I can certainly appreciate her eloquence and the emotion she means to evoke with her words. Perhaps I'm just not in the right state of mind, but I am having a very difficult time understanding the story. I've had to reread many sections after becoming hopelessly lost. I WANT to like this book... 10mo
bookandcat @cherinium honestly this is my least favorite of her books. I'd pull up the Wikipedia page and read a summary of the sections you've read so far - I did that with this one because it's confusing with the ghosts and time skips and whatnot 🙃 10mo
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cherinium @bookandcat Thanks for the encouragement. I think the timeskips are what I'm having the hardest time with. That and the sudden shifts in POV. I get so confused about which character's head I'm in. Lol 10mo
bookandcat @cherinium yes! Which I think is maybe) her point (they overlap more and more) but it is still reaaaaaally frustrating to follow 10mo
Chelsea.Poole I also struggled with this one at the beginning, middle, and right up til the end. I also listened to the audiobook which I found so confusing but I kept on and near the end something clicked and I was blown away by the brilliance of this incredibly rare book. I agree, reading summaries and aides helped me. Felt like cheating at first, but helped so much and ultimately made me appreciate this one for what it is, unlike anything I‘ve ever read. 10mo
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KikiLovesBooks
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A disturbing study of a woman who escapes slavery only to destroy her life when she believes her children will be taken from her and enslaved. This is a very sad, disturbing, and mysterious novel. Not always easy to read—both for the content and sometimes for her writing style. Her often chaotic prose reflects the atmosphere of 124, the house where the possible haunting takes place.

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posierope
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I cannot begin to describe how much I am enjoying this book. Sinister and so very sad, but so beautifully written and I could listen to Toni Morrison read all day. Halfway through!

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MrBook
Beloved | Toni Morrison
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#BookNDinner! #RubyTuesdays Edition. Accompaniment this comfortable evening: sweet tea-glazed chicken bites, endless garden salad, and raspberry iced tea. MMMmmm 😋! Happy reads & happy eats. 👌🏻

RealLifeReading Yum! 11mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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BRUTAL. I dreaded picking this up, because of the raw, yet poetic, emotional and horrific scenes. The guilt and grief of Sethe I felt myself. The unimaginable choice and the consequences she lived with are just too much for me. I am glad (or maybe not..??) I waited to read this until I have my own children to better understand some of the emotions this book smacked me with. 👇🏻(cont. below) #garbingo #pbs #greatamericanread

Chelsea.Poole
I have never read anything like this. So painful and so necessary. And yet, when I was around the halfway mark I was thinking that I didn‘t like Beloved. I think my problem was that I just didn‘t understand it at that point. I almost quit but I‘m so glad I stuck it out to the end. I see why this is a “Great American Novel”.
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Ruthiella Yes this book is AMAZING!!! 11mo
Cathythoughts Yes a powerful book ❤️ 11mo
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audiobooklover Yes I never really seemed interested to even pick this up...but I may just have to!? 11mo
megnews It is brutal. To think it was inspired by a true story. 11mo
Chelsea.Poole @megnews makes me sick!! What a horrible part of our American history. 11mo
Chelsea.Poole @audiobooklover If you do, go in prepared! It‘s one I underestimated for sure! It‘s also one that I believe will stay with me. 11mo
Chelsea.Poole @Cathythoughts exactly! “Powerful” is the word for this one. 11mo
Chelsea.Poole @Ruthiella it is! But it took me until the end of the book to appreciate it as such. 11mo
staci.reads Ripped my heart out. 11mo
Chelsea.Poole @staci.reads same here. I‘m having a hard time recovering. 11mo
melsimpson One of the best books I have ever read... 10mo
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posierope
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New audiobook for cleaning this month. Toni Morrison has the most soothing voice and so far, really enjoying it.

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heikemarie
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Cha giò, pho tai nam, and tea while enjoying the tagged book. I like cooking but this is a #bookanddinner I could get used to!

UnidragonFrag 😍 that looks SO yum! 11mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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Just started the #audiobook read by the author. It‘s very poetic but so awful to read about the horrible experiences graphically depicted. For that reason, I‘m having a bit of a hard time with it.
#readandlisten #garbingo #greatamericanread #pbs

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hes7
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Mehso-so

I struggled to keep track of this story... 😬

#GARBingo: 3 down, 22 to go

#MountTBR

Bookish_Minnesota You can do it!!💪🏻 11mo
Karkar I did too at the beginning I think I read the first 100 pages three times. 11mo
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MrBook
Beloved | Toni Morrison
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#BookNDinner! After I had a 12-hour workday today, @BookBabe & I had dinner at a new place. It was goooood. Accompaniment this hot and humid night was: New England clam chowder (fresh clams!), house salad with Ranch dressing, a half-rack of amazing baby-back ribs, killer bbq beef brisket, steak fries, and iced tea. (This was the first place I've found Stella Artois on draft, but I was driving, lol.) MMmmm 😋. Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

TK421 I want all of this...and I want it now.😁 11mo
LoverofLit That looks delicious! 11mo
DGRachel It looks amazing! 11mo
NovelGirl82 Beloved & ribs- two of my very favorite things!! 11mo
FaeNoir Can I steal a fry? 🙄 11mo
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MrBook
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#BookNDinner! Accompaniment this hot and muggy night: teriyaki shrimp skewers with grape tomatoes, broccoli florets, sticky jasmine mango rice, and sparkling lemon seltzer. .... @BookBabe says this is good for me. .... Okay. 😁 Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

JSW It looks delicious! 11mo
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MrBook
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#BookNDinner! Accompaniment this warm and sticky evening: angel hair pasta in a white garlic clam sauce, mussels, warm peasant bread, and sparkling lemon seltzer. MMMMmmm 😋! This has been another presentation of: #MrBookBookBabeKitchen. Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

CouronneDhiver Heavenly! 11mo
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MrBook
Beloved | Toni Morrison
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#BookNBrunch! We used to post brunches at this place waaay back when we first started on Litsy. Nice to return to a great old spot. Accompaniment this noon-hour was: a bacon-mushroom-Swiss omelette, pancakes, roasted potatoes, an English muffin, and orange juice. MMMmmm 😜. Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

5280reader Eating vicariously through you... enjoy! 12mo
Rebesta I have a copy of Beloved and haven‘t started it yet. I found it a bit slow at first. Does it pick up a bit? 12mo
MrBook @Rebesta Hi! Yeah, but it's very...abstract. Which is my cup o' tea. 😁 12mo
MrBook @5280reader Someday we'll get to do this in person. 😎🙌🏻 12mo
Rebesta One would think I wouldn‘t mind that after reading Faulkner. I‘m going to have another go when the kids go back to school. (edited) 12mo
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Morr_Books
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Mehso-so

I know why this is a classic but it took me almost the entire book to understand what was going on. Maybe I wasn't attentive enough in my reading of it or maybe I got lost in the language. Either way, I struggled a lot with this one, so I can't give it a recommendation.

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Joy0201
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Day 1 of books that changed me challenge. Thanks for the tag @WhatThePuck

I know, I know....not supposed to give context but this book...it shook my soul.

WhatThePuck ♥️♥️♥️♥️ 12mo
Libby1 I tried to read this but there were too many triggers for me. I‘ve really enjoyed the other books I‘ve read by this author. 11mo
Joy0201 @Libby1 I can definitely see that. Her writing is perfection though. I also loved Song of Solomon and A Mercy by her. 11mo
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Cathythoughts
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#HeatOfJuly #waterfalls just a few that had me in waterfalls of tears ❤️

TrishB Clever picks 👍🏻 12mo
toric Wow pretty covers 12mo
BarbaraBB Perfect 👍💜 12mo
Cinfhen Beautiful photo!! And awesome choices 12mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB @toric @BarbaraBB @cinfhen all Beautiful reads & all Litsy inspired! Thank god for Litsy 12mo
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wordassassin
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GripLitGrl
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Wonderwoman89 Oooo loved this book and the Movie. 12mo
Linsy I keep meaning to read this! 12mo
GripLitGrl @Linsy it's a good one👍 12mo
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EadieB
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Toni Morrison's Beloved is one of the great and enduring works of American literature. Story of Sethe who was born a slave and escaped into Ohio, 18 years later she is still not free. She is held captive by memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many things happened. Her baby who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a singe word: 'Beloved' still haunts her. Full of pain and hard book to read but not to be missed.

ptkpepe98 Loved this one, although my favorite remains 12mo
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shaynarae
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Holy wow, you guys! This was my first Toni Morrison book, but it won‘t be my last. What other books by her have blown you away?

Cathythoughts I loved this too !! I must read more of her. Also these two are good Sula & (edited) 12mo
shaynarae @Cathythoughts Awesome, thanks! I‘ll definitely check those out 12mo
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parttimedomestic
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One more down for the #greatamericanread #garbingo and thank goodness I decided to put this one on my board! I have been so scared of Toni Morrison for so long, but Beloved has turned me into a fan. It was just as heartbreaking as I expected but written so beautifully, and with such insight.

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LapReader
Beloved | Toni Morrison
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I have so many reading challenges going on right now I may as well participate in one that helps me actually do them. Basically Litsy picks what you read for August. Head to @TheReadingMermaid for all the information #MakeMeReadIt

TheReadingMermaid Glad to have you with us hun 🌺 12mo
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Cathythoughts
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#HeyJune #AllYouNeedIsLove powerful writing from Toni Morrison ❤️💔

Cinfhen Such a pretty picture 💜💙 13mo
britt_brooke Beautiful photo! 13mo
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen 💕💕 13mo
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Cathythoughts @britt_brooke thankyou my friend 💕 13mo
youneverarrived Love this photo 💜 13mo
TrishB Lovely 💕 13mo
GypsyKat Beautiful picture! 💜💗💜💗 13mo
Cathythoughts Thanks @TrishB @GypsyKat the flowers are so lovely in the sunshine 13mo
Cathythoughts @youneverarrived thankyou my lovely friend 13mo
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parttimedomestic
Beloved | Toni Morrison
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She‘s so lady-like! 😜 #catsoflitsy #SiennaKitty

wanderinglynn 😹❤️🐱 13mo
CatLass007 😻😻😻😻😻 13mo
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JazzFeathers
Beloved | Toni Morrison
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#CoolBooks #Mother

And since l was speaking about Toni Morrison, this mother came to mind.

Linsy I still need to pick this up! I keep hearing about Toni Morrison on Book Riot. 13mo
JazzFeathers @Linsy l haven't read Morrison yet either. But l've heard her speak and she's awesome! 13mo
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deathmetalcardigan
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Once he plotted down to the minute a thirty-mile trip to see a woman. He left on a Saturday when the moon was in the place he wanted it to be, arrived at her cabin before church on Sunday and had just enough time to say good morning before he had to start back again so he'd make the field call on time Monday morning. He had walked for seventeen hours, sat down for one, turned around and walked seventeen more.

Chelleo That‘s love! 13mo
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Leftcoastzen
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Gee , really glad to see these again, happy I kept the good stuff.

batsy You have some great editions! So glad you're "reunited" with them! 13mo
Leftcoastzen @batsy I squeal with delight opening every box. Plus it‘s like presents cuz I wrapped them all.😀😆 13mo
jveezer Ooooohhh...Kundera! 13mo
Leftcoastzen @jveezer when I got those out , I smiled so much my face hurt. 13mo
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