The Source of Self-Regard by Toni Morrison audiobook

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

By Toni Morrison
Read by Bahni Turpin

Random House Audio 9780525521037
16.05 Hours Unabridged
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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. 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, 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 theater 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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New York Times bestseller

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

Finalist for the 2020 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work of Nonfiction

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. 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, 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 theater director Peter Sellars. In all, The Source of Self-Regard is a luminous and essential addition to Toni Morrison's oeuvre.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Dazzlingly heady and deeply personal…Open its pages and receive.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“Spanning four decades of Morrison’s illustrious career, this collection includes a stirring eulogy to James Baldwin, a prayer for the victims of 9/11, and insights into Beloved and her other novels.” New York Times Book Review
“Bahni Turpin is an experienced narrator whose strong voice makes her an excellent choice for this selection of essays by Toni Morrison. She delivers the author’s meditations on social issues in a steady, firm tone that makes us feel like we are in a classroom, soaking up the wisdom of a beloved professor…Fans of Toni Morrison will keep this on their playlists for years to come.” AudioFile
“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. New York Times
“The 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.” Boston Globe
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
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. 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 Reviews (starred review)

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Author Bio: Toni Morrison

Author Bio: Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison (1931–2019) was an American novelist, poet, essayist, editor, teacher, and professor. A multiaward–winning author, she wrote twelve novels, including Beloved, which was made into a major motion picture starring Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover. In 2012, President Barack Obama presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She also received the Nobel Prize for Literature, the National Book Critics Circle Award, a Pulitzer Prize for literature, an American Book Award, the Norman Mailer Prize, the PEN/Saul Bellow Award, the Condorcet Medal, the Thomas Jefferson Medal, and the Anisfield Wolf Book Award, among others.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Essays
Runtime: 16.05
Audience: Adult
Language: English