The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations

The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations

Arguably 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. Arguably the most celebrated and revered writer of our time now gives us a new nonfiction collection--a rich gatherin...

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Title:The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations
Author:Toni Morrison
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Genres:Writing
ISBN:0525521038
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:354 pages pages

The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations Reviews

  • Carrie
    Feb 26, 2019
    Toni Morrison's brilliance speaks for itself, but this is a strangely edited - and perhaps overstuffed - collection. It's organized by theme, rather than chronologically, which could work well if it still included the dates and the occasions for which the speeches and essays were compo...
  • Sara
    Mar 02, 2019
    Toni Morrison is obviously a brilliant writer, and I have loved many of her novels, but this compendium of essays and speeches isn?t great. She, not unexpectedly, reuses parts of speeches over and over again, and so it can get really repetitive and confusing (wait, did I read this be...
  • Joshunda Sanders
    Jan 22, 2019
    This review was originally published for Bitch Media on February 12, 2019: https://www.bitchmedia.org/article/to... Toni Morrison began writing her seminal debut novel, The Bluest Eye, more than 40 years ago as a way to cure her own loneliness. ?I never planned to be a writer,?...
  • Tony
    Feb 27, 2019
    This book requires, necessitates multiple readings. ...
  • Mehrsa
    Mar 15, 2019
    I'm not really a fighting person, but I will fight anyone who pretends that Toni Morrison is not the greatest American writer of all time. Seriously, meet me outside. I read Beloved for the first time the summer after high school and it just stunned me. I had not believed that such...
  • Terrance
    Feb 16, 2019
    Stunning collection of essays. I suggest it be read over time or even just as a reference when needed. ...
  • Sophie Rayton
    Mar 06, 2019
    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. ...
  • kelly
    Mar 15, 2019
    Toni Morrison is, quite frankly, a genius. I'll keep this review short because this book is pretty much an entire mood. Herein you will find essays, writings, and speeches by Morrison from various points in her career over the last 20 years or so which detail her ideas on topics li...
  • Elizabeth
    Apr 04, 2019
    as i was reading this book of essays i kept coming back to the fact that toni Morrison is a true intellectual. i had not read or heard her eulogy for james baldwin. SO GOOD. i might have done some crying. recommended. ...
  • Vivek Tejuja
    Mar 03, 2019
    Toni Morrison?s collection of essays don?t follow a timeline, neither it is linear, nor it is set in an order to make it easy for the reader. At first glance, it might even seem just a random collection of essays, speeches and meditations put together, however, it isn?t that. The...
  • Ella
    Mar 12, 2019
    "Canon building is empire building, canon defense is national defense." These are my notes from reading this one: "Note to anyone reading this with a notebook or highlighter: If you start, you will either copy or highlight the entire book, so just accept and drink it in." "...
  • Maureen Forys
    Mar 17, 2019
    Toni Morrison is a genius and her thoughts on contemporary issues are invaluable. But this collection felt like strong standalone pieces rather than a cohesive work. Nothing had context (even the place and date of the speeches would have been great) and the same thoughts and paragraphs...
  • GONZA
    Nov 11, 2018
    This can be considered the Summa theologica of Toni Morrison's opinion about almost everything, from politic, to racism, feminism, and so on. I would only recommend, as it is a collection of essays, not to read them all together, because sometimes, of course , there are repetitions, bu...
  • Brenda
    Mar 04, 2019
    Heavy stuff beautifully rendered and thought provoking. ...
  • B. P. Rinehart
    Mar 19, 2019
    I didn't think I would be reading this book so relatively soon. I've not read as much of her novels as I wanted and I wanted my own copy of this book over a library copy--this will definitely merit a re-read where I can sit with it a little more. So this will be my "abridged" overview....
  • lisa
    Mar 05, 2019
    This is an intense book, so it seems like it's best to read it when the mood strikes you for some Toni Morrison wisdom. The parts I read were amazing (of course) and I'm happy to have all these speeches, essays, etc. in one place. ...
  • Lekeisha The Booknerd
    Mar 30, 2019
    It took me nearly a month to read this collection of essays. It's not an easy book to read, as there is no timeline to follow. And many of the observations are repetitive, but are explored in different aspects. There are lots of subjects that Toni delves deep into: writing, race, polit...
  • Book2Dragon
    Mar 29, 2019
    If you are an Academic, especially if you are interested in African-American studies, you will possibly enjoy this book. I did not enjoy it, except for one or two of the essays and some passages. I labored through it, but was determined to finish. There is no doubt this woman is very i...
  • Yanira
    Mar 01, 2019
    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 ...
  • Andy Lillich
    Apr 05, 2019
    As a devoted fiction reader, I found these incisive, short non-fiction pieces to be pretty much over my head. So I took this one back to the library and brought home Pam Houston's new memoir, Deep Creek, which is much more in my non-fiction comfort zone. This is not to say that I di...
  • David Curry
    Mar 03, 2019
    I wish an editor or someone else had persuaded Toni Morrison to change the title of her selected essays, speeches and meditations: The Source of Self-Regard. Occasionally reading it in public places, I was embarrassed to think that anyone might assume I was reading the latest book inte...
  • Allison Thwaites
    Apr 15, 2019
    You ever read a book that made you feel smart as hell? Hahaha! My vocabulary has expanded, my face is clear and my edges are being so respectful. What I liked - Toni Morrison just knows how to make you feel lost in her words. If I ever took one of her classes, I would never be bored...
  • Mary Foxe
    Feb 27, 2019
    An interesting collection from Toni Morrison. You can see the ideas that preoccupied her at different times in her life. ...
  • LaTrice McNeil-Smith
    Feb 16, 2019
    Beautiful and though provoking. It's like being inside of Toni's head and I loved it! ...
  • Julie
    Apr 01, 2019
    favorite essays: ?the source of self-regard?, ?the foreigner?s home?, ?god?s language?, ?black matter(s)?, ?women, race, and memory?, ?the individual artist?, ?literature and public life?, ?hard, true, and lasting?, james baldwin?s eulogy, ?acade...
  • Will
    Feb 18, 2019
    A writer's life and work are not a gift to mankind; they are its necessity. page ix ...
  • Tori Olson
    Feb 25, 2019
    I marked down almost every chapter as a reading that should be included into a syllabus or recommended to certain people. I am already planning on rereading this book within the month. Toni Morrison is a goddess and deserves all of the praise in the world for her graceful and honest wo...
  • Lee Bay
    Mar 05, 2019
    Great book! Though, much like most books of its kind, it is a little repetitive. However, still a great book with a lot of great messages. Love it. ...
  • Silvia Cojocaru
    Mar 26, 2019
    I have not read many essays books, and I am not sorry to have read this one. I liked most of the essays, and particularly liked the literary criticism ones. But I found all of them thought provoking and well written. It was probably a mistake on my part to listen to the entire book in ...
  • Mara Oliva
    Mar 31, 2019
    In this collection of essays, speeches & meditations spanning over four decades, Toni Morrison raises some fundamental questions & issues of our time, which sadly seem to have gone out of fashion in our consumerism driven society. Two themes dominate: #fear & #compassion. F...