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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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"Hooks continues to produce some of the most challenging, insightful, and provocative writing on race and gender in the United States today."
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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
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,306,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 me. I may have never found it in my own. The book is a great read and should be mandatory for Brown women to read.
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bell hooks never disappoints. She is the among the most conscious and knowledgable black writer who speaks to the head, heart and soul of black women who struggle to create a world filled with love, racial and gender equity.
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