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Salvation: Black People and Love Paperback – December 18, 2001
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In the book's introduction, hooks is clearly positioning herself in the great tradition of African-American literature and cultural activism: she makes reference to Lorraine Hansberry, Zora Neale Hurston, Ann Petry, Richard Wright, James Baldwin, June Jordan, and, of course, King. Later in the book she goes on to reference many other comparable figures: Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs, Paul Laurence Dunbar, etc. Among the topics she addresses are the following: images of African-Americans in the media, single mothers, black masculinity, the role of gay men and women in the black community, etc.
hooks' project is admirable, and her prose is engaging. Despite the book's strengths, however, I did not find it wholly satisfying. hooks has an annoying habit of citing her own books too much; I know she is a prolific author, but I find too much self-citation quite unappealing. Some of her critiques are questionable; I was particularly disturbed by her harsh assessments of Betty Shabazz and Coretta Scott King. And frankly, hooks cites so many different people and cultural phenomena that the book often feels rushed and shallow.Read more ›
bell hooks brilliantly explores and exposes many of the fundamental causes at the root of our society's, particularly the black community's, moral decay and self-deformation. Though written for and to African-Americans, hooks does not exclude non-African-Americans from the "call" to embrace and build a love ethic. She has certainly done her research and her book has encouraged me to do more of my own. I enjoyed this book from beginning to end and particularly enjoyed the way she ended with a chapter entitled "love justice". I believe love is the most transformative power we have and in this book bell hooks tells us how and why.
she offers up theory, evidence and most of all a solution and a call to action for us ALL to affect the way love exists in black community. What Salvation leaves is an uplifiting message that while we come from the fractures and fissures left by forced relocation, slavery and dehumanization, love is not an impossibility or a fairytale, but a real necessity in our lives. I also appreciated how hooks addressed not just issues of romantic love but parental affection and the need of a "love ethic" within the black community that will be our salvation.
hooks has done it again, and with every book she lays the map of the black experience from the eyes of a scholar, a woman and a black person.Read more ›
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Amazing addition to her other two books on love! Bell Hooks dishes it all out!!!!!! A MUST read!!!!!!!!! Read morePublished on August 19, 2011 by Kreama
I understand the book I purchased was used, but I have bought used books before and purchased another used book the same time I ordered Salvation and I received that book in good... Read morePublished on August 9, 2011 by jackie
Salvation: Black People And Love, by Bell Hooks is the most insightful book I've read about where and how love is nurtured, cultivated,and obscured in Black life. Read morePublished on November 1, 2008 by Robert Hill
An excellent book that every black person should read at least twice a year or more.
This book made me realise my own precious sense of self as a black woman. Read more
I bought Salvation hoping Ms. hooks would give definitive ways to address the problems we are having in the Black community. It was informative and somewhat repetitive. Read morePublished on July 6, 2006 by the lady poet
In this second volume of the love trilogy, hooks has absolutely touched upon all of the issues that eat away at black love in our modern, successful nation. Read morePublished on December 21, 2004 by Amazon Customer
I could relate to this book in many ways. Being a new Mom and in the process of formulating, challenging and re-writing everything I have believed about motherhood and family... Read morePublished on June 10, 2003