literature

Our Lily Lit Club pick defies traditional storytelling. Here’s how.

‘Laura Dean Keeps Breaking up with Me,’ written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell, marries two forms of storytelling

In Ruth Ware’s latest suspense novel, you’ll be rooting for the young nanny-heroine the whole way through

‘The Turn of the Key’ — an invocation of Henry James’s masterpiece — lives up to the hype

What Toni Morrison meant to 8 black women writers (including Michelle Obama)

‘She showed how incomplete the world’s narrative was without ours in it’

What Toni Morrison taught me about being a mother

Her mothering life has long been as important to me as her literary legacy

In Toni Morrison’s words, I found the wisdom and protection my mother wasn’t able to provide

Writer Nadia Owusu’s mother left when she was 2. Growing up, she turned to novels like ‘The Bluest Eye’ and ‘Song of Solomon.’

Toni Morrison, the Nobel laureate who redefined American literature, dies at 88

Among her best-known works was ‘Beloved,’ the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel later made into a film

This novel is so intimate and familiar it’s almost as though you’re eavesdropping

In ‘The Most Fun We Ever Had,’ the depiction of how characters talk and relate is so precise that you must believe in them

Joy Harjo, the next U.S. Poet Laureate, will be the first Native American to hold the position

She will give her first public presentation at the Library of Congress on Sept. 19

A school shooting, the AIDS crisis and an elusive talk show host: In this book, there’s more than meets the eye

‘The Spectators,’ by Jennifer duBois, is June’s Lily Lit Club pick

These 11 books feel like summer. But they aren’t all beach reads.

From essays to children’s literature, these are the texts that Lily readers, and a few staffers, associate with summertime