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The enduring brilliance of the late Nobel Laureate, Toni Morrison, shines forth from the pages of The Source of Self-Regard (Knopf, $28.95)—a compilation of selected essays, speeches, and meditations spanning decades of the writer’s life. In her famous Nobel Lecture, included here, Morrison proclaimed: “Language alone protects us from the scariness of things with no names. Language alone is meditation.” The Source of Self-Regard displays Toni Morrison’s powerful and prophetic use of language to discern the cultural issues that shape human experience. Her compassionate yet unflinching insights into themes of race, identity, and power in everyday life burn with prescience and ultimately lean towards hope. “Dream the world as it ought to be,” Morrison said in her 1988 Sarah Lawrence Commencement Address. This dreaming, as Morrison put it, should not be “the activity of the sleeping brain, but rather the activity of a wakened, alert one.” Reading through this poignant collection of Morrison’s reflections is like waking up to the subtext of your own life. The words gathered in this book will continue to be Morrison’s lasting gift to us all.

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ISBN: 9780525521037
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Published: Knopf - February 12th, 2019

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Over the course of her career, Leslie Jamison has proven her voice to be a vital one in our contemporary landscape, and her new collection of essays, Make It Scream, Make It Burn, (Little, Brown, $28) is no exception. Admirers of Jamison’s past work in The Empathy Exams will be delighted to see her turn her critical eye to a new host of topics. In this collection, Jamison’s subjects range from the online game Second Life, to airport layovers, to a very, very lonely whale—but no matter the subject, she always circles back to the human condition. Jamison handles each of her subjects with care and understanding in Make It Scream, Make it Burn; this is an essay collection that never seeks to place judgments on the strange and surreal, but rather to examine them as necessary parts of our culture.

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ISBN: 9780316259637
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 24th, 2019

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Look back on thirty-five years of Vanity Fair stories about women, written by women, in this collection of profiles, essays, and columns edited by Radhika Jones with David Friend. Vanity Fair’s Women on Women (Penguin Press, $30) illuminates icons from Frida Kahlo to Michelle Obama, Emily Post to Tina Fey. The featured writers—including Maureen Dowd, Leslie Bennetts, Jacqueline Woodson, and more—bring larger-than-life celebrities down to earth, humanizing them with memorable quotes, unexpected anecdotes, and palpable descriptions of the interview sessions. At the same time, the writers adeptly contextualize their subjects, illustrating their reverberating cultural impact. The profiled women made history and became history. As Jones reflects in her introduction, “This is a moment for women’s voices.” Women on Women not only captures women’s voices, but in doing so, clarifies what brought us to this moment. Readers of all ages and genders will savor this trip through time, society, and identity, collecting their own favorite stories along the way.

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By Radhika Jones (Editor), David Friend (Editor)
ISBN: 9780525562146
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Published: Penguin Press - October 29th, 2019