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14. 'The Origin of Others' by Toni Morrison
In The Origin of Others, the incredible Toni Morrison takes up the question of race and identity by deconstructing the reasons behind the "us versus them" mentality. In this deep-dive into racism, slavery, and more, Morrison tackles the human tendency to create an "Other" and fear that which is different from us. From her discussions of 19th-century American literature to several of her own books, among other fascinating topics, we are reminded again and again why Morrison is considered one of the greatest writers of her time.