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Feminist scholar bell hooks (Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism) has long raised uncomfortable questions about race, gender, and class. Wounds of Passion explores her long-term, sexually open relationship with Mack, a fellow poet she met as an undergraduate at age 19. Some years older and working toward his Ph.D., Mack, an urbane, physically striking black man, slips through the shoals of racial enmity in American academia while hooks slams up against them with passion and fury. "I talk about being black, curse, talk loudly, speak bluntly," she says, frustrated, but not surprised that this dooms her initial attempts to get a graduate degree. It baffles those who set and follow rules, too, starting with her father, who repeatedly tried to break her spirit as a child. Bearing witness to the wounds of past and present, hooks shuttles between straight narration and sometimes precious third-person observations. Raw and mean, hot and sugary, her feelings spill onto and stain the page. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
In this sequel to Bone Black (LJ 9/15/96), hooks (English, CUNY) reveals her passion for poetry, feminism, and the man with whom she spent 15 bittersweet years of her life. She returns to her painful childhood, to the oppressive South, to her abusive father, and then moves on to a relationship with someone who shares her intense desire for writing and sexual enjoyment. She continues her quest for love and acceptance, finding some semblance of peace and stability with this constant companion, but whom she eventually leaves. As in her previous book, hooks moves from first to third person, allowing the reader to eavesdrop on her innermost thoughts, hear of her bisexuality, and witness her fling with white men. An exceptionally written memoir; strongly recommended for poetry aficionados and feminist collections.?Ann Burns, "Library Journal"
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I was very pleased with this book, and I would read it again. I know some my feel it controversial, but it is a great book to those who can relate to African American women and... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Antoinette Lillie
This book was recommended to me by a friend as a great tool to help me find my own voice in writing. It was great to learn about bell hooks' struggle to become who she is. Read morePublished on March 23, 2009 by Lori A. Williams
I first became interested in bell hooks, with her impressive way of outing hypocrisy among her contemporaries of academia. Then I realized she is much like them, but much louder. Read morePublished on July 22, 1999
Beware of trendy writers who take pseudonymous names that they refuse to capitalize--such affectation is a sure sign of bloated self-importance (albeit disguised as post-modern... Read morePublished on February 4, 1999