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Publication Order of Who's Got Game? Books

Who's Got Game? The Ant or the Grasshopper? (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who's Got Game? The Lion or the Mouse? (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who's Got Game? Three Fables (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who's Got Game? Poppy or the Snake? (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Bluest Eye (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sula (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Song of Solomon (1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tar Baby (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Beloved (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jazz (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Paradise (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Love (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Mercy (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Home (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
God Help the Child (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Recitatif (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Chapbooks

The Big Box (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book of Mean People (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mirror Or The Glass? (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Picture Books

Peeny Butter Fudge (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Little Cloud and Lady Wind (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Tortoise or the Hare (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Plays

Desdemona (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Playing in the Dark (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Race-Ing Justice, En-Gendering Power (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Nobel Lecture In Literature, 1993 (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Conversations with Toni Morrison (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dancing Mind (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Birth of a Nation'hood (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Memoirs (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Remember (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What Moves at the Margin (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Burn This Book (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
To Die for the People (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Please, Louise (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mouth Full of Blood: Essays, Speeches, Meditations (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Goodness and the Literary Imagination (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Writer Before the Page: From The Source of Self-Regard (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Measure of Our Lives (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Vintage Minis Books

Depression (By: William Styron) (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Motherhood (By: Helen Simpson) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Swimming (By: RogerDeakin) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Race (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jealousy (By: Marcel Proust,Terence Kilmartin,C. K. Scott Moncrieff) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Summer (By: Laurie Lee) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Love (By: Jeanette Winterson) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Eating (By: Nigella Lawson) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Psychedelics (By: Aldous Huxley) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Friendship (By: Rose Tremain) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of The Last Interview Books

Learning to Live Finally (By: Jacques Derrida) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Roberto Bolaño: The Last Interview: And Other Conversations (By: Roberto Bolaño) (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kurt Vonnegut: The Last Interview (By: Kurt Vonnegut) (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jorge Luis Borges (By: Jorge Borges) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hannah Arendt: The Last Interview and Other Conversations (By: Hannah Arendt) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
James Baldwin: The Last Interview: and other Conversations (By: James Baldwin,Quincy Troupe) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ray Bradbury (By: Ray Bradbury,Sam Weller) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gabriel García Márquez (By: Gabriel García Márquez) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lou Reed (By: Lou Reed) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ernest Hemingway (By: Ernest Hemingway) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nora Ephron: The Last Interview (By: Nora Ephron) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Philip K. Dick (By: Philip K. Dick) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
J. D. Salinger (By: J.D. Salinger) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Oliver Sacks (By: Oliver Sacks) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jane Jacobs (By: Jane Jacobs) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
David Bowie (By: David Bowie) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations (By: Martin Luther King Jr.) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Christopher Hitchens (By: Christopher Hitchens) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hunter S. Thompson (By: Hunter S. Thompson) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kathy Acker: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations (By: Kathy Acker) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Julia Child: The Last Interview and Other Conversations (By: Julia Child) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ursula K. Le Guin: The Last Interview and Other Conversations (By: Ursula K. Le Guin) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Graham Greene: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations (By: Graham Greene) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Toni Morrison: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Frida Kahlo: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations (By: Frida Kahlo) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shirley Chisholm: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations (By: Barbara Lee,Shirley Chisholm) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fred Rogers: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations (By: Fred Rogers) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Johnny Cash: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations (By: Johnny Cash) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
John Lewis: The Last Interview and Other Conversations (By: Melville House) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Janet Malcolm: The Last Interview: And Other Conversations (By: Melville House) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kurt Cobain: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations (By: Melville House) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
bell hooks: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations (By: bell hooks) (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Octavia E. Butler: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations (By: Melville House) (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures Books

Space, Time and Architecture: The Growth of a New Tradition (By: Siegfried Giedion) (1941)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sincerity and Authenticity (By: Lionel Trilling) (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Secular Scripture: A Study of the Structure of Romance (By: Northrop Frye) (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Six Walks in the Fictional Woods (By: Umberto Eco) (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Romantic Generation (By: Charles Rosen) (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lessons of the Masters (By: George Steiner) (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Origin of Others (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

Inventing the Truth: The Art and Craft of Memoir(1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Go the Way Your Blood Beats(1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Good Parts(2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Black Satin(2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Women of Color Pray(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Writers: Their Lives and Works(2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
On Girlhood: 15 Stories from the Well-Read Black Girl Library(2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Toni Morrison is an American editor, teacher and author of Race Studies, literature and fiction books. She is also a professor emeritus at the Princeton University credited for her in-depth knowledge and teaching of African American culture. Having grown through an error of racism, she has adequate information to give life to her novels.

Morrison was awarded The Pulitzer Prize and also The American Book Award in 1988 for her books. In 1993 she received The Nobel Prize in literature as a result of her contribution to literature in her writing. Later on, in 2012, she received The Presidential Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama. Toni has authored many novels, and a series, the trilogy which details her writing career.


Beloved introduces her series, the Toni Morrison Trilogy. The story brings out the practices experienced during slavery and into one great entertaining piece.

Seethe is born during the slavery period, but she escapes off to Ohio in the quest to free herself of the chains of slavery and start a new and free life. She, however, has not overcome the memories of her days in slavery way long after her escape. She has a new home but still troubled by the ghost of her child who died, and all she has is her tombstone with a name Beloved engraved on it. Seethe is trying to deal with a bunch of dark, horrific memories that characterized not only her child life but her adult life creating an unforgettable trauma. She desires to move away from away from these memories, but she is trapped in them despite being free from this mess. The former slaves have removed the shackles of slavery but still feel tied to a past that is haunting and horrific making progress almost impossible. Though there is a lot of racial prejudice affecting the characters, they still try to move past this and create a new life for them and their future generations. Pain is something that keeps permeating from the characters from the sad experiences which is seen from how Morrison honestly describes the happenings of the novel. It mirrors the error after the ex-slaves got their freedom and are trying to live a free life encountering conflicting lives from that they were used to when working in their masters’ places.

Toni has an eloquent prose that deals with the past and the present to show the reader the effects of being stuck in the past and the consequences it does bring about. She also includes poetry to emphasize the themes she intends to communicate.


Jazz comes is the second novel in the Toni Morrison Trilogy Series. Love can be daunting, sweet and sometimes really painful and this is clearly brought out in this story.

Joe Trace is a door to door salesperson for Cleopatra beauty products. He shoots his teenage lover creating a chain of painful things in the story. Everyone else around is having fun as it is during the Christmas period but for Joe, everything else is entirely different and rather painful and sad. Joe had never been deep in love until he finds, but it is not as he thinks as things turn sour for him prompting him to kill her out of jealousy. While all this is happening, Joe’s half-mad wife, violet is observing things from a distance, and once the hammer falls, she seems the most affected by the entire thing. The story reflects on the internal conflicts that are happening for most of the ex-slaves who are trying to fit into a society that earlier on held them in shackles. The emotional journey for joe and violet as they move out to search for love is a touching one moving back and forth in time to give the reader a comprehension of things.

Toni brings the element of guilt and afterthought seen from violet and joe where Violet is trying to correct her embarrassing action while Joe is trying to mend their relationship. Love, cheating, guilt, and hate are some themes depicting a society that is still trying to find an identity.

Toni Morrison’s style of writing is one that is uniquely crafted to suit any reader from her infusion of different themes, characters, and settings to come up with a remarkable story. It’s emotional as the characters go through pain, love, romance, and guilt for their actions.


Paradise closes the Toni Morrison Trilogy Series. Two societies are in conflict as they try to come up with a way of life that is different from the rest in the quest for an identity after many years of oppression under slavery. The themes of gender, violence, trauma, faith, and history are clearly seen in this story.

Ruby is constructed as paradise away from the world focusing on safety and creation of unique identity for its members. A group of the citizens identify this as a center of moral decay which only has its solution as a total rededication to root out the evil that has gripped the town. Though the motive is good at first, it later turns out to be a collection of evil and treacherous group of women. While they are trying to run away from one evil they find themselves trapped in the same thing and worse of al hurting their own people.

Greed, lust for power and the intolerance to change make change an almost impossible thing for the town people which in turn create a series of treasures and sad moments for the citizens. The women find their solace in a covenant outside of ruby on being terrorized by the fearful men of ruby. Power has turned those that previously thought themselves to be incorruptible which generates conflict between those who want positive change and those who want to hold things intact.

Toni Morrison is excellent in her description of characters and setting of events to bring out the themes of love, malice, rejection, and politics. Her flow is one that is excellent making it a smooth read.

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One Response to “Toni Morrison”

  1. Derek johnson: 3 years ago

    Deeply moving, rich with insights into the psyche
    of an oppressed people.I was highly impressed by my journey through the tragic lives of these people.I will read other books by Toni Morrison.


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