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Best Bell Hooks Books: The Ultimate Collection

Our list of some of the best Bell Hooks books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love (2004)

 Best Bell Hooks Books: The Ultimate CollectionEveryone needs to love and be loved — even men. But to know love, men must be able to look at the ways that patriarchal culture keeps them from knowing themselves, from being in touch with their feelings, from loving. In The Will to Change, bell hooks gets to the heart of the matter and shows men how to express the emotions that are a fundamental part of who they are — whatever their age, marital status, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.
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Communion: The Female Search for Love (2002)

 Best Bell Hooks Books: The Ultimate CollectionRenowned visionary and theorist bell hooks began her exploration of the meaning of love in American culture with the critically acclaimed All About Love: New Visions. She continued her national dialogue with the bestselling Salvation: Black People and Love.
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Feminism Is for Everybody: Passionate Politics (2014)

 Best Bell Hooks Books: The Ultimate CollectionWhat is feminism? In this short, accessible primer, bell hooks explores the nature of feminism and its positive promise to eliminate sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression. With her characteristic clarity and directness, hooks encourages readers to see how feminism can touch and change their lives―to see that feminism is for everybody.
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Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center (2014)

 Best Bell Hooks Books: The Ultimate CollectionWhen Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center was first published in 1984, it was welcomed and praised by feminist thinkers who wanted a new vision.
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We Real Cool (2003)

 Best Bell Hooks Books: The Ultimate Collection“When women get together and talk about men, the news is almost always bad news,” writes bell hooks. “If the topic gets specific and the focus is on black men, the news is even worse.”In this powerful new book, bell hooks arrests our attention from the first page. Her title–We Real Cool; her subject–the way in which both white society and weak black leaders are failing black men and youth.
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Teaching Critical Thinking: Practical Wisdom (2009)

 Best Bell Hooks Books: The Ultimate CollectionIn Teaching Critical Thinking, renowned cultural critic and progressive educator bell hooks addresses some of the most compelling issues facing teachers in and out of the classroom today. In a series of short, accessible, and enlightening essays, hooks explores the confounding and sometimes controversial topics that teachers and students have urged her to address since the publication of the previous best-selling volumes in her Teaching series, Teaching to Transgress and Teaching Community.
Author(s): bell hooks

Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism (2014)

 Best Bell Hooks Books: The Ultimate CollectionA classic work of feminist scholarship, Ain’t I a Woman has become a must-read for all those interested in the nature of black womanhood. Examining the impact of sexism on black women during slavery, the devaluation of black womanhood, black male sexism, racism among feminists, and the black woman’s involvement with feminism, hooks attempts to move us beyond racist and sexist assumptions.
Author(s): bell hooks

killing rage: Ending Racism (Owl Book) (1996)

 Best Bell Hooks Books: The Ultimate CollectionOne of our country’s premier cultural and social critics, bell hooks has always maintained that eradicating racism and eradicating sexism must go hand in hand. But whereas many women have been recognized for their writing on gender politics, the female voice has been all but locked out of the public discourse on race.Killing Rage speaks to this imbalance.
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Teaching Community (2003)

 Best Bell Hooks Books: The Ultimate CollectionTen years ago, bell hooks astonished readers with Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom. Now comes Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope – a powerful, visionary work that will enrich our teaching and our lives.
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Salvation: Black People and Love (2001)

 Best Bell Hooks Books: The Ultimate CollectionAcclaimed visionary and intellectual bell hooks began her exploration of the meaning of love in American culture with the bestselling All About Love: New Visions.
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Art on My Mind: Visual Politics (1995)

 Best Bell Hooks Books: The Ultimate CollectionIn Art on My Mind, bell hooks, a leading cultural critic, responds to the ongoing dialogues about producing, exhibiting, and criticizing art and aesthetics in an art world increasingly concerned with identity politics.
Author(s): bell hooks

Belonging: A Culture of Place (2008)

 Best Bell Hooks Books: The Ultimate CollectionWhat does it mean to call a place home? Who is allowed to become a member of a community? When can we say that we truly belong? These are some of the questions of place and belonging that renowned cultural critic bell hooks examines in her new book, Belonging: A Culture of Place. Traversing past and present, Belonging charts a cyclical journey in which hooks moves from place to place, from country to city and back again, only to end where she began–her old Kentucky home.
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This Bridge Called My Back, Fourth Edition: Writings by Radical Women of Color (2015)

 Best Bell Hooks Books: The Ultimate CollectionUpdated and expanded edition of the foundational text of women of color feminism.Bronze Medalist, 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards in the Anthologies CategoryOriginally released in 1981, This Bridge Called My Back is a testimony to women of color feminism as it emerged in the last quarter of the twentieth century.
Author(s): Cherríe Moraga, Gloria Anzaldúa

Bone Black: Memories of Girlhood (1997)

 Best Bell Hooks Books: The Ultimate CollectionStitching together girlhood memories with the finest threads of innocence, feminist intellectual bell hooks presents a powerfully intimate account of growing up in the South. A memoir of ideas and perceptions, Bone Black shows the unfolding of female creativity and one strong-spirited child’s journey toward becoming a writer. She learns early on the roles women and men play in society, as well as the emotional vulnerability of children.
Author(s): bell hooks

Best Bell Hooks Books: The Ultimate Collection

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Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are truly record-breakers according to Chicago Tribune, others are composed by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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