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)--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition. See all Editorial Reviews
bell hooks saved me while I was in grad school! Her scholarship was just what I needed: honest, fresh, pointed. She is still the most important woman scholar years later.Published 1 month ago by conjurewoman
This book was like altering! Sisters came to me recommended by a friend who'd found it to be helpful, I've reached out to her several times to thank her for mentioning the book to... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Danielle Gilmore
Everyone should read this book.
I feel like everything in my life is making more sense.
This book is affirming my thoughts and beliefs.
Interesting book. Got it for class. Great for sociology students or anyone interested in the topic in general. Well-known author in academia.Published 22 months ago by Christine Yang
A wonderful, thoughtful book with useful strategies for self-recovery for everyone, not just black women.Published on July 12, 2010 by hotheadpaisan
I must admit that I read this book in bits and pieces over the course of a year. In retrospect, I would have to say that a lot of that has to do with the layout of ideas in the... Read morePublished on September 26, 2008 by A. D. H.
bell hooks makes you think! which is a hard process to do
Sisters & brothers should read this material-there is no color barrier here but provoking thinking material.