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The Source of Self-Regard
The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations | Toni Morrison
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The most celebrated and revered writer of our time now gives us a new nonfiction collection--a rich gathering of her essays, speeches, and meditations on society, culture, and art, spanning four decades. The Source of Self-Regard is brimming with all the elegance of mind and style, the literary prowess and moral compass that are Toni Morrison's inimitable hallmark. It is divided into three parts: the first is introduced by a powerful prayer for the dead of 9/11; the second by a searching meditation on Martin Luther King, Jr., and the last by a heart-wrenching eulogy for James Baldwin. In the writings and speeches included here, Morrison takes on contested social issues: the foreigner, female empowerment, the press, money, "black matter(s)," and human rights. She looks at enduring matters of culture: the role of the artist in society, goodness in the literary imagination, the Afro-American presence in American literature, and in her Nobel lecture, the power of language itself. And here too is piercing commentary on her own work (including The Bluest Eye, Sula, Tar Baby, Jazz, Beloved, and Paradise) and that of others, among them, painter and collagist Romare Bearden, author Toni Cade Bambara, and theatre director Peter Sellars. In all, The Source of Self-Regard is a luminous and essential addition to Toni Morrison's oeuvre.
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kgriffith
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“For one‘s language — the one we dream in — is home.” #Scribd #audiobook

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kgriffith
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Switching to Toni Morrison‘s latest, to celebrate the life of someone who gave so much to our world. I read Sula in my first ever college class, women‘s literature survey. Rest in Power, Beloved. #readblackwomen

staci.reads I'm stunned and heartbroken, realizing there will be no new work. 2w
Bibliogeekery I love Sula so much! RIP 2w
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JSW
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We have lost one of our dearest Elders. Rest, Queen. ❤️📚

Suet624 💕💕 2w
Bibliogeekery 💔 Huge loss! 2w
readordierachel 💔❤ 2w
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JSW
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Thrilled to find this one on the shelf at the library!

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MEGR
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Pickpick

Go see this film 🎞 IMMEDIATELY if not sooner! It‘s the medicine the world 🌍 needs. GO, GO, GO!

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ephemeralwaltz
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Treat yourself! 💸

readordierachel Absolutely 👍🏼🎉 3mo
Notafraidofwords Loved it 3mo
Weaponxgirl I want to read this so much! 3mo
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Purrsistently
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Starting this, finally!

Emilymdxn I loved it so much! 4mo
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Purrsistently
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When all your holds somehow come in at the same time😅😅😅 #tbr

Booknerd2 HAPPENS ALL THE TIME!!!! 💜💜💜😂🤣 4mo
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Pretty perfect as non fiction goes! Toni Morrison is fast becoming one of my favourite writers of all time. There‘s almost no other author I could read analyse their own work like this without it seeming pretentious, but she‘s always so natural and down to earth, yet intensely mindblowingly intelligent.

Her perspective on Beowulf was absolutely fascinating, and I‘m a pedantic territorial medievalist. There‘s truly nothing Morrison can‘t do.

Weaponxgirl Do you know if this is under another name in the uk? I keep seeing a new Toni Morrison book on Amazon with the same sub heading but a different title. 4mo
ephemeralwaltz @Weaponxgirl mouth full of blood maybe? I saw that too and had the same question! I'm 99% sure it's the same book, just published a few days apart. 4mo
Weaponxgirl @ephemeralwaltz yes! I couldn‘t remember the title off the top of my head. I also thought it might be the case since my library suddenly dropped my hold on the source of self regard and wasn‘t getting the book in stock. Made me wonder if there was some weird uk renaming stuff going on. 4mo
Emilymdxn @Weaponxgirl I haven‘t seen a physical copy of it anywhere - I‘m in the uk but maybe the audio has a different name somehow?? I can imagine they‘d do something weird like that just to confuse us 😒 4mo
Weaponxgirl @Emilymdxn that‘s why I asked you. Since I know you are uk based too. So confusing 4mo
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Excited to read this! I‘ve fallen so in love with Toni Morrison recently but I‘ve never read non fiction by her before

jenniferw88 Have you read Song of Solomon yet? It's my favourite of hers (The Bluest Eye is currently second) 4mo
Theaelizabet I just bought this one. Love her. 4mo
ephemeralwaltz @jenniferw88 Song of Solomon is incredible!! It's the first I read by her and still my favorite. I'm looking forward to reading some of her non-fiction too :) 4mo
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TheBookstorePodcast
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Very into essays at the moment. What is your favorite essay collection? -Becca

Christine I love so many essay collections! A semi-recent fave was 5mo
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Loved it, of course. Because it‘s a collection of essays, there were some parts that got repeated, but it was totally worth it. I‘ll definitely be looking at American literature in a completely different light, no matter the author‘s race, thanks to this book.

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Morrison is a very smart, thoughtful woman and writer. However, her writing is so heavily based on the black American experience that I found it hard to get a foothold given that I'm a white British woman. Important perspectives to be sure, but I'm likely not the target audience.

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A few years ago, I made it all the way to the top of Bear Mountain in upstate NY. The minute I got up there, I felt like a sudden entrapment took hold of me. How could I be in one of the most open of places and feel so constricted. But then I recognized the feeling: pure overwhelming feelings. That is what Toni Morrison‘s nonfiction does to my brain.

CouronneDhiver Best review! 👌🏽 6mo
Notafraidofwords @CouronneDhiver thank you! 💚 6mo
DivineDiana Powerful description! 5mo
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cdreincarnate
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I was bummed to think this book probably wouldn‘t be narrated by Morrison, but then I realized it‘s narrated by Bahni Turpin and I‘m all, “Nevermind! Carry on!” 🌟🌟🌟

8little_paws How are you liking it? I was unsure if I wanted to read this in print or audio. 6mo
cdreincarnate @8little_paws I‘m only a couple essays in, but so far I‘m really enjoying it. Turpin is such a great narrator and I don‘t think any of Morrison‘s beautiful writing is lost by listening to it on audio. 6mo
8little_paws @cdreincarnate good to know! Also, did you go to book club this month? I missed it, I wasn't feeling well that night. 6mo
cdreincarnate @8little_paws No. I think it‘s going to be a while before I can stomach the idea of going without my mom. Been easing my way back into social engagements. 6mo
8little_paws @cdreincarnate completely understand! 6mo
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TheBookStacker
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I‘m leaving Friday for Grand Cayman and I‘m struggling over what books to bring with me.

TrishB I‘m going to Grand Cayman in a few weeks! Enjoy 6mo
Cathythoughts The Toni Morrison sounds excellent ♥️ 6mo
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Notafraidofwords
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Toni, tearing it all down. Capitalism robs us of everything ...

saresmoore Damn. 🔥 6mo
Notafraidofwords @saresmoore I understand nothing. That‘s how I approach Morrison. She‘s a genius with words. 6mo
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Notafraidofwords
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Ready to be blessed.

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