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Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and Others Mourn Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison, essayist, novelist, professor, and Nobel Prize winner, passed away on August 5th, 2019.

In the wake of her death, many people, fans and celebrities alike, have been sharing the impact that the author has had on their lives. Oprah Winfrey and former president Barack Obama shared some particularly touching responses.


Oprah Winfrey and Toni Morrison on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show'Image via AceShowbiz


Winfrey shared this image of her and Morrison on her Instagram with the following caption:

In the beginning was the Word. Toni Morrison took the word and turned it into a Song… of Solomon, of Sula, Beloved, Mercy, Paradise, Love, and more. She was our conscience. Our seer. Our truth-teller.

She was a magician with language, who understood the Power of words. She used them to roil us, to wake us, to educate us and help us grapple with our deepest wounds and try to comprehend them.

It is exhilarating and life-enhancing every time I read and share her work. 

This pic was her first appearance on the Oprah Show.

She was Empress-Supreme among writers. Long may her WORDS reign!



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Obama posted about Morrison multiple times. On Tuesday morning he posted on Twitter:

Toni Morrison was a national treasure, as good a storyteller, as captivating, in person as she was on the page. Her writing was a beautiful, meaningful challenge to our conscience and our moral imagination. What a gift to breathe the same air as her, if only for a while.


The image Barack Obama posted on Instagram and TwitterImage via Twitter


Obama included the above image with his tweet, and posted the same image on Instagram along with this caption:

Time is no match for Toni Morrison. In her writing, she sometimes toyed with it, warping and creasing it, bending it to her masterful will. In her life’s story, too, she treated time nontraditionally. A child of the Great Migration who’d lifted up new, more diverse voices in American literature as an editor, Toni didn’t publish her first novel until she was 39 years old. From there followed an ascendant careera Pulitzer, a Nobel, and so much moreand with it, a fusion of the African American story within the American story. Toni Morrison was a national treasure. Her writing was not just beautiful but meaningfula challenge to our conscience and a call to greater empathy. She was as good a storyteller, as captivating, in person as she was on the page. And so even as Michelle and I mourn her loss and send our warmest sympathies to her family and friends, we know that her storiesthat our storieswill always be with us, and with those who come after, and on and on, for all time.


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2016 Democratic Nominee Hillary Clinton tweeted a quote from Morrison, sharing her condolences:

“If there is a book that you want to read but it hasn’t been written, you must be the one to write it,” Tony Morrison said. 

We are all so lucky to live in a world where she took her own advice and shared it with others.



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Tracee Ellis Ross, lead actress in Black-ish and daughter of Diana Ross, tweeted her own response to the news:

Toni Morrison. While you have left the physical realm, the many treasures you left us will bear fruit for generations and generations. Your work has cascaded through my life deeply and simply… rest in power to a beloved icon.


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Shonda Rhimes, creator, head writer, and executive producer of Grey’s Anatomy had this to say on her Twitter:

She made me understand “writer” was a fine profession. I grew up wanting to be only her. Dinner with her was a night I will never forget. Rest, queen.


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Lastly, George Takei took to Twitter with his own response:

A towering figure in literature, Toni Morrison, has passed. Winner of the Noble Prize, and keeper and storyteller for so much of our nation’s soul, she was truly beloved to us all. Rest now, and let us honor you as a nation eternally grateful for your contribution.





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Expand Your Summering Reading List With These Thoughtful Reads!

Each week, Bookstr scans bestseller lists across the Internet to learn what people are reading, buying, gifting, and talking about — just so we can ensure consistent, high quality recommendations. This week’s nonfiction picks are bestsellers, and showcase what’s resonating with audiences right now! Pick these up to see what everyone is talking about and let your mind take away as you relax on the beach!

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5. ‘The moon’ by Oliver Morton

The Moon by Oliver Morton is the perfect way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. The moon is beautiful, mysterious, and still a source of beauty to all readers. This book offers an intimate look at the celestial object, offering a beautiful history of our next door neighbor in the sky. Oliver Morton explores the human relationship to the moon, from Galileo studying it to the Cold War space race to using the Moon as a stepping stone for space exploration. The Moon is an adventure and this is an excellent, comprehensive, almost romance nonfiction book of it.

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4. ‘They called us enemy’ by George Takei

They Called Us Enemy by George Takei is a graphic novel, as opposed to a book, but its a very important one in today’s political climate. This is a stunning memoir about George Takei’s experience as a child within American’s concentration camps, known as Japanese internment camps, where he and his family where held captive during World War II. This is a vivid account of Takei’s experiences within the camp and examining the darkness/racism at the heart of America.

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3. ‘Grace will lead us home’ by Jennifer Berry Hawes

Grace Will Lead Us Home by Jennifer Berry Hawes tells of the Charlestown massacre, where a white supremacist opened fire on the congregants of Charlestown, in a South Carolina church, on June 17th 2015. Now author Jennifer Berry Hawes provides a look at the aftermath of the shooting, providing a definitive account of what happened next to the community at large. The survivors try to make sense of their lives again, a family fights to end gun violence, and the city examines the racism entrenched in its community at large. This book stands as a fine portrait of journalism, examining grief, faith, and forgiveness in its pages.

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2. ‘Why don’t you write my eulogy now so I can correct it?’ by Patricia Marx & Roz Chast 

Why Don’t You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It? by Patricia Marx & Roz Chast is a hilarious book of ‘advice’ by the author’s mother, accompanied by artistic renderings of the woman giving off her advice. Some of the quotes Patricia’s mother gives include: If you feel guilty about throwing away leftovers, put them in the back of your refrigerator for five days and then throw them out, If you run out of food at your dinner party, the world will end, When traveling, call the hotel from the airport to say there aren’t enough towels in your room and, by the way, you’d like a room with a better view, Why don’t you write my eulogy now so I can correct it? These funny forms of advice will likely melt your heart and provides a good generation bonding experience.

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1. ‘our man’ by George Packer

Our Man by George Packer tells the story of Richard Holbrooke, an American diplomat who fell under the radar but played an immense role in American history. Richard Holbrooke was brilliant, utterly self-absorbed, and possessed of almost inhuman energy and appetites. Admired and detested, he was the force behind the Dayton Accords that ended the Balkan wars, America’s greatest diplomatic achievement in the post-Cold War era. His power lay in an utter belief in himself and his idea of a muscular, generous foreign policy. From his days as a young adviser in Vietnam to his last efforts to end the war in Afghanistan, Holbrooke embodied the postwar American impulse to take the lead on the global stage. But his sharp elbows and tireless self-promotion ensured that he never rose to the highest levels in government that he so desperately coveted. His story is thus the story of America during its era of supremacy: its strength, drive, and sense of possibility, as well as its penchant for overreach and heedless self-confidence. In Our Man, drawn from Holbrooke’s diaries and papers, we are given a nonfiction narrative that is both intimate and epic in its revelatory portrait of this extraordinary and deeply flawed man and the elite spheres of society and government he inhabited.

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