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All About Love: New Visions Paperback – January 9, 2001
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Top Customer Reviews
The result is a book that's a refreshing change from relationship advice books that completely overlook the cultural context of love -- the ways in which love is difficult for both men and women, but especially for women, in a patriarchal culture; the ways in which a more expansive understanding of love is sorely needed to set things right in a country run by fear. hooks begins by addressing the pervasive confusion about what love is, defining it as M. Scott Peck does: "The will to extend oneself for the purpose of nurturing one's own or another's spiritual growth."
The chapters in which hooks names "the ways we are seduced away from love" read as a litany of soul-corroding cultural norms. There is, most fundamentally, injustice to children in dysfunctional families in a culture where family dysfunction is normalized. Then there's the increasing prevalence of lying in public and private transactions alike, most recently exemplified in the Enron scandal and the priest-pedophile scandal in the Catholic Church. There's the cultural obsession with power and domination instead of a love ethic.Read more ›
I highly recommend this book.
Some people seem to object to the fact that hooks uses her personal life as a way to explore love, but I really don't understand why that's a problem. What would you rather she do - use statistics and sociological data? Maybe then her analysis would be more objective, but the fact is, love is, by its very nature, entirely subjective, so I much prefer hooks's personal approach.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
la couverture du livre est plutôt fragile
sinon, je recommande. temps de livraison correct.
I absolutely loved the book. It was a fast pace,enjoyable and inspirational read that fed my soul. Love teaches you to love yourself, others and how to be loved.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This opened my mind to an interesting perspective. Most of it was more or less an enforcement of many of my own theories and ideas about love. A very refreshing read.Published 2 months ago by Emma
Overall it was worth reading. Even though the book is 16 years since publishing, it still addresses many issues that our USA culture is dealing with today. Read morePublished 2 months ago by SK
I love Bell Hooks, and this book should be on everyone's bookshelf. And at this price, why not? She does well to redefine what love is, and it opens your eyes to letting go and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
When bell hooks puts pen to paper you can believe it is a masterpiece. This book, you will love!Published 4 months ago by tyjuanna
She is too much of a Socialist and let her philosophies dominate the book.Published 4 months ago by RudyK