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About the Author

A cultural critic, an intellectual, and a feminist writer, bell hooks is best known for classic books including Ain’t I a Woman, Bone Black, All About Love, Rock My Soul, Belonging, We Real Cool, Where We Stand, Teaching to Transgress, Teaching Community, Outlaw Culture, and Reel to Real. hooks is Distinguished Professor in Residence in Appalachian Studies at Berea College, and resides in her home state of Kentucky.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (October 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415539153
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415539159
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,859 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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 26, 2013
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Book's series of essays illustrates how living beyond race takes awareness as well as action. I also enjoyed the movie critiques of Crash, The Help, and Precious.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Victoria on October 3, 2013
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I love the theme in this book: Imperialist White Supremacy Capitalist Patriarchy. She has some interesting pieces of information from history that fit right into it
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By tfisher@amazon on June 20, 2013
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I really enjoy reading bell hooks, she's one of my favorite authors. In this piece, it can definitely be stated that she has delivered another engaging and provoking collection of essays. Her critiques of contemporary films like "Precious" and "Crash" are on point. I also think she wrote a really brilliant criticism of Rebecca Skloots new work on Henrietta Lacks. At times I have been disappointed with the editors and/or publishing companies who put out Ms. hook's work because there have often been careless typos and complete disregard for her publications. There were a few minor typos/grammatical mistakes with this piece as well. As a frequent reader of authors published by Routledge, I have learned to overlook this, but it can certainly be said that they did much better with this piece. In fact they seem to be getting better in general, and I hope they can keep it up. Overall this was an insightful and enlightening read, anyone who is a fan of bell hooks will be more than pleased.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Hassell on November 19, 2014
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Not much to discover... Same bell hooks' tyrants on nebulous life issues. Must read to graduate course in ethnicity and reform, not a choice read.
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10 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Murray J Siskind on October 5, 2013
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bell hooks is back, I guess. I say "I guess" because looking at her Amazon page it's clear that, although she has fallen off the radar as of late, she hasn't exactly stopped publishing. hooks was a big deal in the late 90s when I was in college, and you can see her (baleful) influence in web cultural criticism, which is riddled with familiar "hooksian" tropes ("white male capitalist patriarchy," etc.) as well as her familiar mix of sarcasm and political bellicosity.

Over 30 years, hooks' copious output has spanned feminist theory, cultural criticism, memoir, reflections on teaching, self-help. This book has a little bit of all of that. Bizarrely titled "Writing Beyond Race," the 18 essays in this book are very short and have very little to do with writing beyond race.

The titular chapter is 6 1/2 pages and shoved in the back of the book as the penultimate essay. Its lack of cohesion is symptomatic of the book as a whole. In the essay, hooks tells us that "Home is the only place where there is no race." She tells us she gets up in the morning and looks in a mirror. She sees a pimple. Details pile up. White supremacy diminishes the spirit. She lives in a predominately white community but stays inside to avoid racist whites. She quotes various writers on how to deal with write supremacy (none, unfortunately, work in real estate). With a page to go, hooks tells us she writes at home in a space "beyond race." One of her favorite books is Remembered Rapture. And that's it.

Did you catch that? She "writes beyond race." Me neither.

None of the other essays are any more interesting.
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