September #BWELLREAD with Deborah Weiner

September 06, 2019 | By Baltimore County Public Library

WBAL-TV news anchor and I-Team reporter Deborah Weiner selected "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison as her #BWELLREAD selection for September.

About Deborah’s Choice

Photo of Deborah Weiner

Set in the author's girlhood hometown of Lorain, Ohio, "The Bluest Eye" tells the story of African American, 11-year-old Pecola Breedlove. Pecola prays for her eyes to turn blue so that she will be as beautiful and beloved as all the blond, blue-eyed children in America. In the autumn of 1941, the year the marigolds in the Breedloves' garden do not bloom, Pecola's life does change—in painful, devastating ways.

Deborah says, "'The Bluest Eye' was published when I was just a little girl playing with dolls, with long blond hair and blue eyes, and surely believing that combination was the only way a woman could achieve beauty.

In Toni Morrison’s first novel, the 11-year-old main character, Pecola Breedlove, wishes for blue eyes—convinced it is the only way for society to see her as beautiful. It is a heartbreaking obsession of hers, an African American girl dealing with a number of painful issues in her life. Those issues have caused some to either challenge this book or try to ban it from the classroom. What a shame, I see this as a must read. 

As a blue-eyed girl myself, this book had a profound impact on me, and impacted my views of race and the aesthetic of loveliness. Since I first read it, I have kept it close to me, physically and spiritually.”

Find "The Bluest Eye" and other similar reads in our collection

Share Your Thoughts

Have you read this book? What book inspires you? Connect with the reporters or anchors on social media by posting your thoughts on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tagging Deborah along with #BWELLREAD. Don’t forget to make your post public so we can see it!

Win an Amazon Gift Card

Library cardholders and WBAL-TV viewers are encouraged to read the monthly book recommendations, or a similar book known as a "read-alike," and post a photo of their selection for the month on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram along with #BWELLREAD. Two posts are chosen each month and winners will receive a $25 Amazon gift card. 

The #BWELLREAD Challenge

Award-winning NBC-affiliate WBAL-TV and Baltimore County Public Library have partnered to promote literacy in 2019 with the #BWELLREAD reading challenge. Each month, the station’s on-air personalities recommend a book they have enjoyed reading from the library’s collection and encourage viewers to stop by a library branch and pick up a book for themselves from a variety of genres. The WBAL team member’s selection, along with a series of read-alikes recommended by the library’s Collection Development department, are displayed at our 19 branches throughout the County.

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