Literary giant Toni Morrison passed away Monday at the age of 88. She was a pioneer and a lighthouse for young, Black women looking for truths, ideas, feelings and even insecurities they could relate to.
In honor of her life, the timeless words she weaved together and the endless knowledge she shared, we’re rounding up the iconic books that you absolutely need in your collection.
We’re sure a few of these titles are already on your bookshelves, but if you’re missing one (or a few) be sure to use this opportunity to add these to your arsenal.
Shop below for seven of Morrison’s most iconic books.
The Bluest Eye, $12
The Bluest Eye is Morrison’s first novel and follows Pecola Breedlove, a young Black girl that prays for the blue eyes and blonde hair that will make her “beautiful”. The celebrated book poignantly examines the desire to fit in and ideas of societal beauty.
Sula is Morrison’s second published novel and follows a young black girl, who matures into a strong and determined woman despite adversity and the distrust, even hatred, of her by her own Black community.