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Belonging: A Culture of Place 1st Edition
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Let's start with the positive attributes, here - great passages, like recounting sharecropper's experiences in Kentucky, the culture of quilting and reconnecting with seven generations of legacy and anguish. What doesn't work is that the editing, here, is deplorable. I even caught typos. It was embarrassing, at times. Also, the last portion of this book scraped the enamel off of my teeth, my patience was tried so much. It became preachy and even annoying. If this book stopped at the halfway mark, it would have been a hit. A pity!
I don't begrudge bell hooks these lifestyle choices, and agree with a great deal of what she says about the importance of place and belonging. I even share her longings for a place and time that no longer exist. But in spite of her rhetoric, hers is far from a political solution, as many--most?--Americans, black, many-colored and white, have few if any roots to return to. And I found myself thinking, okay, bell, you've got a hundred well-repeated rationales for your choices, but most of us don't have a Kentucky to go home to, or the means to live there if we did. And just try peddling your theories to gang bangers in the ghetto. I work with their female relatives every day, and it's just not gonna wash! And by the way, most of them couldn't, or wouldn't, read your book. Even with a grounding in the lingo, I found it heavy going.
And by the way, did I mention that the book is repetitive? It wants some serious parsing.