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Toni Morrison For Beginners
Ron David, Illustrated by Dirk Sheerer
ISBN: 9781939994547
Foreword by Elizabeth Beaulieu
Book (Paperback)
For Beginners
$15.95
6 x 9
176 pages
October 4, 2016


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Many people consider Morrison’s novels difficult to read. Most of her readers have at least one book on their shelves that they couldn’t finish or, when they did finish one, just scratched their heads in confusion. And when we think we are sure we know what she’s writing about, it turns out we are half wrong or only getting the tip of the iceberg instead of the whole, beautiful, brooding thing.

Toni Morrison For Beginners is about the woman, her books, her mission, her word music, and all that subtext in her writings. Morrison’s books are like the ocean: the surface is beautiful but everything that gives them life lies beneath. She’s the kind of writer who can change your life and this book is here to help you navigate the words and the woman.

Ron David, a former editor-in-chief of the For Beginners series, is also the author of Toni Morrison Explained: A Reader’s Road Map to the Novels (Random House, 2000). Previous works for For Beginners include Arabs & Israel For Beginners, Jazz For Beginners, and Opera For Beginners. Ron has been a guest lecturer on all of these subjects across the United States, and he has been awarded a NJ State Council for the Arts fellowship for his novel-in-progress, The Lebanese Book of the Dead. He lives in Kihei, Hawaii, with his wife, the designer Susan David.
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Dirk Shearer is a freelance illustrator who has created art for Spencer Gifts, Split Lip, Image Comics, and Evileye Books. Dirk received his BFA from Columbus College of Art and Design.
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