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Publication Order of Who's Got Game? Books

Who's Got Game? The Ant or the Grasshopper? (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Who's Got Game? The Lion or the Mouse? (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Who's Got Game? Three Fables (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Who's Got Game? Poppy or the Snake? (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Publication Order of Chapbooks

The Big Box (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book of Mean People (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mirror Or The Glass? (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Picture Books

Peeny Butter Fudge (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Little Cloud and Lady Wind (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Tortoise or the Hare (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Plays

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

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

Publication Order of The Last Interview Books

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

Publication Order of The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures Books

Space, Time and Architecture: The Growth of a New Tradition (By: Siegfried Giedion) (1941)Description / Buy at Amazon
i: Six Nonlectures (By: E.E. Cummings) (1953)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sincerity and Authenticity (By: Lionel Trilling) (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Secular Scripture: A Study of the Structure of Romance (By: Northrop Frye) (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Six Walks in the Fictional Woods (By: Umberto Eco) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Romantic Generation (By: Charles Rosen) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lessons of the Masters (By: George Steiner) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Origin of Others (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

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

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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