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Sisters of the Yam: Black Women and Self-Recovery (South End Press Classics Series) Paperback – January 1, 2005

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The noted author of Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism ( LJ 12/1/81) and Black Looks: Race and Represen tation ( LJ 7/92) takes a down-to-earth appproach to the process of self-actualization. An avid fan of self-help literature and a professor of African American studies, hooks summons the perspectives of both these disciplines to address the concerns of victims of institutionalized racism, sexism, and capitalist oppression. The title captures the yam's status as "a life-sustaining symbol of black kinship and community" as well as being the name of the author's campus support group. Through personal testimony, hooks describes how women can heal lives strained by kin, work, loss, yearning, mendacity, addiction, and ego. She considers the political realities black women must face as she implores them to heal themselves. Readers trying to unlearn racism and sexism will respect hooks for politicizing the self-recovery movement. Highly recommended.
- Kathleen E. Bethel, Northwestern Univ. Lib., Evans ton, Ill.
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"Sisters of the Yam, with its mixture of personal narrative, cultural critique, brief literary analyses, and plain, old-fashioned, kitchen table common-sense advice, might very well reach beyond the university to the diverse groups of people that have been hooks’s ‘intended’ audience throughout much of her speaking and writing." —Sandra Adell, African American Review (1995)

"In Sisters of the Yam, hooks articulates black women’s healing as an expression of ‘liberatory political practice.’ This statement transformed my consciousness as a health activist. By simply caring for myself, I can be a revolutionary. . ." —Sariane Leigh, The Feminist Wire (2012)

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  • Series: South End Press Classics Series
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: South End Press (January 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0896087336
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896087330
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #639,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 now a Distinguished Professor of English at City College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is the author of more than seventeen books, including All About Love: New Visions; Remembered Rapture: 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.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 25, 1999
Format: Paperback
I found Sisters of the Yam politically, spiritually and mentally satisfying in it's analysis of the forces that cause African-American Women to suffer depressive and other mentally draining conditions. Not only did bell hooks outline the conditions that cause these symptoms, but she offered solutions to overcome them as well. Sisters of the Yam is well worth reading if you are a sister trying to heal herself and move on with life rather than dwelling on past injustices.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Essence M. McDowell on December 12, 2012
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You need this book to clarify and help to allieviate many of the issues Black Women face today. You need this book to encourage you to make the necessary changes in your life to heal and become whole. You need this book to identify some of the questions and concerns that you have while also providing answers to them. You need this book to contribute to your knowledge base. You need this book to assist you in this journey through White America as a strong, intelligent, black woman. You need this book because Bell Hooks is an genius and if you've ever read anything by her you know that she is an EXCELLENT resource.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Helena Romaine Henderson on December 19, 2000
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This book has altered my thought process in ways I never thought possible. bell hooks has spoken with clear and simple words about black women and our individual and collective need to self-recover--from racism, sexism, of course--but also from our own (often) self-imposed 'isms carried from childhood. She's brutally honest in a book that sits unmoved from my bed-stand. A recommended read for black women. Period. Regardless of background and circumstance. A must read for those on the never-ending journey of self-introspection that eventually encourages self-recovery.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 19, 1999
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Sisters of the yam was a life savor...Although, Ms. Hooks presented a circumstantial presentation in the first two chapters, she eventually landed on track and was able to offer some sound advice on love, pain and the past...loved the book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tracey D on August 25, 2010
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There are no words to express my gratitude to bell hooks for writing this book. This was one of the first books I've read where I felt it was my story. There's so much silence and suppression in the African-American community that has altered and distorted who are and in particular, women. However, bell does not park at the problem in the book. She offers solutions. One of my favorite lines in her book is that "we recover ourselves in the act and art of loving". This may seem abstract and not tangible as a to-do list but it's just the truth. This is the sweet spot and the bottom line. I would love to have been in one of the sister groups she highlights in the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anja on August 7, 2011
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I purchased this book on amazon at the suggestion of one of my mentors. As a 25 year old young woman, this book has changed my life. Some of the topics bell brings up have challenged me to grow and take my place in todays society. As a young person and part of the "hip Hop generation" I have been affirmed that although it may be more popular to conform to the mindset of others, it does not affirm me and will not help me in the long run.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 20, 2012
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This copy was a gift to my niece, but I teasure this book and the message it provides. It offers critical thoughts for Black women to reflect upon. It encourages the creation and caretaking of a well balanced life-mind, body and soul. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mizkaja on June 25, 2010
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Sometimes we don't know what we need till it is almost too late. I encourage all (black) women to pick this book up it may very well save you a trip through the emr
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