All About Love: New Visions is a book by bell hooks published in 2000 that analyzes aspects of love in modern society. Hooks combines personal anecdotes as well as psychological and philosophical ideas to develop and strengthen his argument. She focuses on romantic love and believes that in American culture men have been socialized to distrust the value and power of love, while women have been socialized to love in most situations, even when their need to receiving love is not satisfied.
Book SummaryAll About Love offers radical new ways of thinking about love by showing its interconnectedness in our private and public lives. In eleven concise chapters, the hooks explain how our everyday notions of what it means to give and receive love often fail us, and how these ideals are established in early childhood. She offers a rethink of self-love (without narcissism) that will bring peace and compassion to our personal and professional lives and affirms the place of love to end struggles between individuals, communities, and societies. Moving from the cultural to the intimate, Hooks observes the ties between love and loss and challenges the prevailing notion that romantic love is the most important love of all.
Visionary and original, the hooks show how love heals the wounds that we carry as individuals and as a nation, as it is the cornerstone of compassion and forgiveness and has the power to overcome shame.
For readers who have found delight and wisdom in the life and work of Bell Hooks, and for those who are just discovering it, All About Love is an essential read and a brilliant book that will change the way we think about love, our culture and each other.
As Bell Hooks uses her incisive mind and sharp pen to explore the question "What is love?" her responses strike both the mind and the heart. In thirteen concise chapters, hooks examine her own search for emotional connection and society's failure to provide a model for learning to love. Trailing the cultural paradigm that ideal love is steeped in sex and desire, it provides a new path to love that is sacred, redeeming, and healing for individuals and for a nation. The Utne Reader stated that Bell Hooks is one of the "100 Visionaries Who Can Change Your Life". All About Love is a powerful affirmation of how deeply you can do it.
About The Author of The Book bell hooksbell hooks (born Gloria Jean Watkins) is an African-American author, feminist, and social activist. Her writing has focused on the interconnectivity of race, class, and gender and their ability to produce and perpetuate systems of oppression and domination. She has published over thirty books and numerous scholarly and mainstream articles appeared in several documentary films and participated in various public lectures. Primarily through a postmodern female perspective, she has addressed race, class, and gender in education, art, history, sexuality, mass media, and feminism. 2b1af7f3a8