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Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Docu about legendary author has some violent imagery.

Movie PG-13 2019 120 minutes
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This rich documentary about the acclaimed author and educator impressively captures a self possessed woman who is majestic, whip-smart, witty, insightful, self aware, and a little mischievous. Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am was featured on PBS's American Masters series in June 2019. In her buttery voice, Morrison explains why racism is a problem for white people. She cracks jokes and laughs at her own devilish thoughts. She doesn't hesitate to describe how hard she worked, clearly most proud of raising her two sons as a single mom and of her writing.

Writers and others, including Walter Mosley, Paula Giddings, Angela Davis, Hilton Als, Oprah Winfrey, June Jordan, and Fran Lebowitz, join in with more praise. This movie will not only make you want to read every single one of Morrison's books, but it will also make you wish she had been your friend.

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