All About Love: New Visions (Love Song to the Nation) (Hardcover)

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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 feminist icon bell hooks' "Love Song to the Nation,”  All About Love is a revelation about what causes a polarized society and how to heal the divisions that cause suffering. Here is the truth about love, and inspiration to help us instill caring, compassion, and strength in our homes, schools, and workplaces.

“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, renowned scholar, cultural critic and feminist bell hooks offers a proactive new ethic for a society bereft with lovelessness--not the lack of romance, but the lack of care, compassion, and unity. People are divided, she declares, by society’s failure to provide a model for learning to love. 

As bell hooks uses her incisive mind to explore the question “What is love?” her answers strike at both the mind and heart. 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, timely affirmation of just how profoundly her revelations can change hearts and minds for the better. 

About the Author

 Bell Hooks is an influential cultural critic, feminist theorist, and writer. Celebrated as one of America’s leading public intellectuals, she is a charismatic speaker and writer who teaches and lectures 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; Salvation: Black People and Love; Communion: the Female Search for Love, as well as the landmark memoir  Bone Black: Memories of Girlhood.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780688168445
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: December 22nd, 1999
Pages: 240
Language: English
Series: Love Song to the Nation