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Beloved
Fiction/Literature
ISBN: 0- 394-53597-9
$28.00
Set in post-Civil War Ohio, Beloved is the story of Sethe, an escaped slave who has risked death in order to wrench herself from a living death; who has lost a husband and buried a child; who has borne the unthinkable and not gone mad: a woman of "iron eyes and backbone to match." Sethe lives in a small house on the edge of town with her daughter, Denver; her mother-in-law, Baby Suggs; and the disturbing, mesmerizing ghost of her dead child, Beloved. Based on the true story of a runaway slave who, at the point of recapture, kills her infant daughter in order to spare her a life of slavery, Beloved speaks to our experience as an entire nation with a past of both abominable and ennobling circumstance. In 1988, Morrison won the Pulitzer Prize for Beloved.

Birth of a Nation'hood: Gaze, Script, and Spectacle in the O.J. Simpson Case
Current Affairs/African-American Studies
ISBN: 0-679-75893-3
$15.00
Co-edited and introduced by Toni Morrison, Birth of a Nation'hood elucidates the grim miasma of the O.J. Simpson case. As they pertain to the scandal, the issues of race, sex, violence, money, and the media are refracted through twelve powerful essays that have been written especially for this book by such eminent scholars as Patricia J. Williams, George Lipsitz, and Ishmael Reed.

The Bluest Eye
Fiction/Literature
ISBN: 0-679-43373-2
$25.00
The story of a black adolescent girl's struggle in an America whose love for its blond, blue-eyed children can devastate other children. Pecola Breedlove prays for her eyes to turn blue--so that she will be beautiful, so that people will look at her, so that her world will be different. This is the story of the nightmare at the heart of her yearning and the tragedy of its fulfillment.

The Dancing Mind
Essays/Literature
ISBN: 0-375-40032-X
$12.00

On the occasion of her acceptance of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters on the sixth of November, 1996, Nobel laureate Toni Morrison speaks with brevity and passion to the pleasures, the difficulties, the necessities, of the reading/writing life in our time.

Jazz
Fiction/Literature
ISBN: 0-679-41167-4
$23.00
A story of violence and passion set in Harlem in the 1920s. Joe Trace--in his fifties, door-to-door salesman of beauty products--shoots to death his teenaged lover of three months. At the funeral, his determined, hard-working wife, Violet, herself a hairdresser--who is given to stumbling into dark mental cracks, and who talks mostly to birds--tries with a knife to disfigure the corpse. Richly combining history, legend, and reminiscence, Morrison captures the ineffable mood, the complex humanity of black urban life.

The Nobel Lecture in Literature, 1993
Fiction/Literature
ISBN:0-679-43437-2
$19.00

Lecture and speech of acceptance, upon the award of the Nobel Prize for Literature, delivered in Stockholm on the seventh of December, 1993.

Paradise
Fiction/Literature
ISBN: 0-679-43374-0
$25.00
As the book begins deep in Oklahoma early one morning in 1976, nine men from Ruby (pop. 360), in defense of "the one all-black town worth the pain," assault the nearby "Convent" and the women in it. From the town's ancestral origins in 1890 to the fateful day of the assault, Paradise tells the story of a people ever mindful of the relationship between their spectacular history and a void "Out There . . . where random and organized evil erupted when and where it chose." Deftly manipulating past, present, and future, and through dreams, visions, memories, and sermons, this novel of mysterious motives reveals the interior lives of the town's citizens with astonishing clarity.

Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination
Literary Criticism
ISBN: 0-679-74542-4
$9.00

Toni Morrison's brilliant discussions of the "Africanist" presence in the fiction of Poe, Melville, Cather, and Hemingway leads to a dramatic reappraisal of the essential characteristics of our literary tradition. She shows how much the themes of freedom and individualism, manhood and innocence, depended on the existence of a black population that was manifestly unfree--and that came to serve white authors as embodiments of their own fears and desires.

Race-ing Justice, En-gendering Power: Essays on Anita Hill, Clarence Thomas, and the Construction of Social Reality
Current Affairs/African-American Studies
ISBN: 0-679-74145-3
$15.00
It was perhaps the most wretchedly aspersive race and gender scandal of recent times: the dramatic testimony of Anita Hill at the Senate hearings on the confirmation of Clarence Thomas as Supreme Court justice. Edited and introduced by Toni Morrison, Race-ing Justice, En-gendering Power brings together eighteen provocative essays which explore not only the racial and sexual but also the historical, political, cultural, legal, psychological, and linguistic aspects of a signal and revelatory moment in American history.

Song of Solomon
Fiction/Literature
Knopf, ISBN: 0-394-49784-8
$18.95
Song of Solomon

Everyman's Library, ISBN: 0-679-44504-8
$20.00

Song of Solomon begins with one of the most arresting scenes in our century's literature: a dreamlike tableau depicting a man poised on a roof, about to fly into the air, while cloth rose petals swirl above the snow-covered ground and, in the astonished crowd below, one woman sings as another enters premature labor. The child born of that labor, Macon Dead Jr. (known as Milkman), will eventually come to discover, through his complicated progress to maturity, the meaning of the drama that marked his birth. We see Milkman grow up in his father's money-haunted, death-haunted house, and move outward--through his profound love and combat with his friend Guitar, through his exotic, imprisoning affair with his love-blind cousin, Hagar, and through his unconscious apprenticeship to his mystical Aunt Pilate. And we follow him as he strikes out alone toward an adventurous and crucial embrace of life.
Song of Solomon won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award.

Sula
Fiction/Literature
ISBN: 0-394-48044-9
$25.00
At the center of this novel--a friendship between two women, a friendship that first sustains, then injures. Set in a Midwestern black community called The Bottom, the story follows two friends, Sula and Nel, from childhood through their sharply divergent paths of womanhood, to their eventual confrontation and reconciliation.

Tar Baby
Fiction/Literature
ISBN: 0-394-42329-1
$26.00
The story of the love affair between a beautiful Sorbonne-educated black model, Jadine, and a black American street man, Son, who represents everything she both fears and desires. It sweeps from a white millionaires's luxurious Caribbean estate to the shimmering sophistication of Manhattan to the bedrock realities of the American South. As the lovers strive to hold and understand each other, as they experience the awful weight of the separate worlds that have formed them--she perceiving his vision of reality and of love an inimical to her freedom, he perceiving her as the classic lure, the tar baby set out to entrap him--all the mysterious elements, all the highly charged threads of the story converge. Everything that is at risk is made clear: how the conflicts and dramas wrought by social and cultural circumstances must ultimately be played out in the realm of the heart.

Box Set
The Collected Novels of Toni Morrison/The Bluest Eye/Sula/Song of Solomon/Tar Baby/Beloved/Jazz
ISBN: 0-679-43436-4
$125

AUDIOBOOKS

The Bluest Eye
Read by the author and Ruby Dee
Abridged, 2 Cassettes, 3 Hours
ISBN: 679-43474-7
$17.00

Jazz
Read by the author
Abridged, 2 Cassettes, 3 Hours
ISBN: 0-679-41193-3
$16.00

The Nobel Lecture in Literature
30 Minutes
ISBN: 0-679-43437-2
$6.00

Paradise
Read by the author
Abridged, 4 Cassettes, 6 Hours
ISBN: 0-375-40179-2
$25.95

Song of Solomon
Read by the author
Abridged, 2 Cassettes, 3 Hours
ISBN: 0-394-55038-2
$18.00

Sula
Read by the author
Unabridged, 4 Cassettes, 6 Hours
ISBN: 0-679-46072-1
$25.95

LARGE PRINT

Paradise
ISBN: 0-375-70217-2
$25.00