All About Love: New Visions (Paperback)
In "All About Love: New Visions," hooks writes 13 essays on different facets of love so that we as a nation can "return to love." Her words force us to leave imprecision and half-hearted sentiments behind in favor of truer meaning and fulfillment. To do so, she shows us, we must really break down the narratives we've held for so long. That's no easy task but I found hooks' dedicated commitment to understanding love both inspiring and affirming. Although certain segments of this book (namely the spirituality ones) felt a bit vague and questionable for me, I really enjoyed it. It's an accessible piece about one of my favorite topics and it both validated some of my own philosophy and pushed my thinking in new directions. If you're interested in an insightful look into what love is/isn't and how it serves as a life-giving force, you'll find some gems here!— Manasa D., bookseller
The acclaimed first volume in bell hooks' "Love Song to the Nation"
“The word ‘love’ is most often defined as a noun, yet . . . we would all love better if we used it as a verb,” writes bell hooks as she comes out fighting and on fire in All About Love. Here, at her most provocative and intensely personal, bell hooks (renowned scholar, cultural critic, and feminist) skewers our view of love as romance. In its place she offers a proactive new ethic for a people and a society bereft with lovelessness.
As bell hooks uses her incisive mind and razor-sharp pen to explore the question “What is love?” her answers strike at both the mind and heart. In thirteen concise chapters, hooks examines her own search for emotional connection and society’s failure to provide a model for learning to love. Razing the cultural paradigm that the ideal love is infused with sex and desire, she provides a new path to love that is sacred, redemptive, and healing for individuals and for a nation. The Utne Reader declared bell hooks one of the “100 Visionaries Who Can Change Your Life.” All About Love is a powerful affirmation of just how profoundly she can.
About the Author
Bell Hooks is a cultural critic, feminist theorist, and writer. Celebrated as one of our nation's leading public intellectual by The Atlantic Monthly, as well as one of Utne Reader's "100 Visionaries Who Could Change Your Life," she is a charismatic speaker who divides her time among teaching, writing, and lecturing around the world. Previously a professor in the English departments at Yale University and Oberlin College, hooks is the author of more than 17 books, including All About Love: New Visions; RememberedRapture: The Writer at Work; Wounds of Passion: A Writing Life; Bone Black: Memories of Girlhood; Killing Rage: Ending Racism; Art on My Mind: Visual Politics; and Breaking Bread: Insurgent Black Intellectual Life. She lives in New York City.