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Home by Toni Morrison
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    May 2012, 160 pages
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    Jan 2013, 160 pages

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Quilting As Hobby and Metaphor

In Home, Cee learns to quilt while recovering from a near-fatal run-in with a doctor who used poor, black women as experimental subjects in his research. After returning to her hometown, her neighbors keep her company in her sickroom and, with their help, she makes her first quilt. She also starts to put together the broken pieces of her life to make something she can call her own and be proud of.

I am not a quilter. I'm fascinated by patterns and mosaics, but the sewing part of the equation has kept me from diving in. However, I did live with a dedicated quilter for a while, and watching her piece together those beautiful quilts was fascinating and humbling. Making something beautiful and functional from scraps is a wonderful metaphor, and appears in a bunch of great books. Here are a few of my favorites:

The Girl Who Stopped Swimming by Joshilyn Jackson
In this mystery (also a family drama and coming-of-age story) quilting is the pastime of Laurel - sister, mother and...

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