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The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations by [Toni Morrison]
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“Close your eyes and make a wish. Wish that one of the most informed, smartest, most successful people in your profession walks into your living room, pulls up a chair and says, “This is what I’ve been thinking. …” That’s “The Source of Self-Regard… The bursts of rumination examine world history, skirt religion, scour philosophy, racism, anti-Semitism, femininity, war and folk tales…There’s even a tidbit or two about her closely guarded personal life. But the real magic is witnessing her mind and imagination at work… This book demonstrates once again that Morrison is more than the standard bearer of American literature. She is our greatest singer. And this book is perhaps her most important song.”
James McBride, New York Times
 
The Source of Self-Regard speaks to today's social and political moment as directly as this morning's headlines... Morrison tackles headfirst the weighty issues that have long troubled America's conscience... profoundly insightful.”
—NPR
 
“Clearly we do not deserve Morrison, and clearly we need her badly...In this collection of nonfiction written over the past four decades, the revered (and sometimes controversial) author reinforces her status as a piercing and visionary analyst of history, society, literature, language, and, always, race... the book explodes into pure brilliance... [It is Morrison’s] definitive statement.”
—The Boston Globe

"Dazzlingly heady and deeply personal—a rumination on her literary career and artistic mission, which is to reveal and honor the aching beauty and unfolding drama of African American life... Have there been many minds more intriguing, or writers more sublimely challenging? The Source of Self-Regard excavates Morrison's vast well of knowledge. Open its pages and receive."
—O Magazine
 
"In an era when complex ideas are reduced to slogans and tweets, when language is dumbed down and truth so often debased, The Source of Self-Regard moves with courage and assurance in the opposite direction. What a gift."
—The Tampa Bay Times

"Brilliantly incisive essays, speeches, and meditations considering race, power, identity, and art... Powerful, highly compelling pieces from one of our greatest writers."
—Kirkus (starred review)

"Morrison turns a critical eye on race, social politics, money, feminism, culture, and the press, with the essential mandate that each of us bears the responsibility for reaching beyond our superficial identities and circumstances for a closer look at what it means to be human."
—Booklist (starred review)

"Some superb pieces headline this rich collection...Prescient and highly relevant to the present political moment..."
—Publishers Weekly

About the Author

TONI MORRISON is the author of eleven novels, from The Bluest Eye (1970) to God Help the Child (2015). She has received the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In 1993 she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. She lives in New York. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07D246D25
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Vintage (February 12, 2019)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ February 12, 2019
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2142 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 369 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 0525521038
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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Toni Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993. She is the author of several novels, including The Bluest Eye, Beloved (made into a major film), and Love. She has received the National Book Critics Circle Award and a Pulitzer Prize. She is the Robert F. Goheen Professor at Princeton University.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Binding and Print Quality
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1.0 out of 5 stars Book cheaply produced - no quality!!
Reviewed in Germany on August 23, 2021
Sad, that such a great (!) writing of Toni Morrison is hold by such poorly produced book.
1.) Cover arrived as if it was allready used - dirty.
2.) Pages weren't cut properly!! Looks very ugly and is terrible to scroll pages.

This book edition is made without quality control!

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