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By Ron David

Illustrations By Dirk Shearer

Foreword by Elizabeth Beaulieu

ISBN-13: 978-1-939994-54-7
Price: US $15.95
6x9, 192 pp
eBook ISBN: 978-1-939994-55-1
eBook Price: US $15.95
October 4, 2016

B/W Illustrations

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If you haven’t read Toni Morrison, this book will introduce you to her novels—plot descriptions, subtexts, reviews, Morrison’s own comments—and her other works. On the other hand, if you haveread—or attempted to read—Toni Morrison, you may need this book even more!

Many people consider Morrison’s novels difficult to read. So here is the biography and critical review you need to get friendly with this Nobel Prize–winning author. It’s about the woman, her books, her mission, her wordmusic, and all the writing she does “between the lines.” Morrison’s books are like the ocean: the surface is beautiful, but everything that gives them life lies beneath.


Ron David, a former editor-in-chief of the For Beginners series, has also written 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. He lives in Kihei, Hawaii, with his wife, designer Susan David.



Dirk Shearer is a freelance illustrator from Pennsylvania whose credits include editorial work for Popular Sciencemagazine, book illustrations for Boom! Studios, cover work for Archie Comics, and a short comic for Mouse Guard.

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