The Toni Morrison Book Club Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
In this startling group memoir, four friends - Black and White, gay and straight, immigrant and American-born - use Toni Morrison’s novels as a springboard for intimate and revealing conversations about the problems of everyday racism and living whole in times of uncertainty. Tackling everything from first love and Soul Train to police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement, the authors take up what it means to read challenging literature collaboratively and to learn in public as an act of individual reckoning and social resistance.
Framing their book club around collective secrets, the group bears witness to how Morrison’s works and words can propel us forward while we sit with uncomfortable questions about race, gender, and identity. How do we make space for Black vulnerability in the face of white supremacy and internalized self-loathing? How do historical novels speak to us now about the delicate seams that hold Black minds and bodies together?
This slim and brilliant confessional offers a radical vision for book clubs as sites of self-discovery and communal healing. The Toni Morrison Book Club insists that we find ourselves in fiction and think of Morrison as a spiritual guide to our most difficult thoughts and ideas about American literature and life.
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 7 minutes|
|Author||Juda Bennett, Winnifred Brown-Glaude, Casssandra Jackson, Piper Kendrix Williams|
|Narrator||Daniel Henning, Bahni Turpin, Adenrele Ojo, Robin Eller|
|Audible.ca Release Date||April 28 2020|
|Publisher||Dreamscape Media, LLC|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #153,167 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#435 in Racism & Discrimination Studies
#987 in Art & Literature Biographies
#2,862 in African American Studies (Books)
Top reviews from other countries
Piper Hendrix Williams recounts the feeling of being "othered" when called "exotic" by white men. Winnifred Brown-Glaude tells her son that they will not call the police on a white man that has dumped a deer carcass on their lawn because it's safer to deal with it themselves. Juda Bennet describes how Soul Train gave him hope as he lived out his youth in a racist household. Finally, Cassandra Jackson examines, through The Bluest Eye, how mental illness can go undiagnosed in Black people, despite being exacerbated by the generational and daily trauma endured by the Black community. These are just a few of the anecdotes shared.
The vulnerability of learning in public is what is at the center of this book, and what was most valuable to me. It's a guide for each of us to examine how we talk, or more likely don't talk about race. This book is quietly radical and a treasure for anyone looking for an entry point into the vast oceans of Morrison's prose.