All About Love: New Visions - book cover
  • Publisher : William Morrow Paperbacks; 765th edition
  • Published : 30 Jan 2018
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN-10 : 0060959479
  • ISBN-13 : 9780060959470
  • Language : English

All About Love: New Visions

The acclaimed first volume in feminist icon bell hooks' "Love Song to the Nation,"  All About Love is a revelation about what causes a polarized society and how to heal the divisions that cause suffering. Here is the truth about love, and inspiration to help us instill caring, compassion, and strength in our homes, schools, and workplaces.

"The word ‘love' is most often defined as a noun, yet we would all love better if we used it as a verb," writes bell hooks as she comes out fighting and on fire in All About Love. Here, at her most provocative and intensely personal, renowned scholar, cultural critic and feminist bell hooks offers a proactive new ethic for a society bereft with lovelessness--not the lack of romance, but the lack of care, compassion, and unity. People are divided, she declares, by society's failure to provide a model for learning to love. 

As bell hooks uses her incisive mind to explore the question "What is love?" her answers strike at both the mind and heart. Razing the cultural paradigm that the ideal love is infused with sex and desire, she provides a new path to love that is sacred, redemptive, and healing for individuals and for a nation. The Utne Reader declared bell hooks one of the "100 Visionaries Who Can Change Your Life." All About Love is a powerful, timely affirmation of just how profoundly her revelations can change hearts and minds for the better. 

Editorial Reviews

"Each offering from bell hooks is a major event, as she has so much to give us."-- Maya Angelou"She provides a refreshing spiritual treatise that steps outside the confines of the intellect and into the wilds of the heart."-- "Seattle Weekly"Like love, this book is worth the commitment."-- "Toronto Sun

Readers Top Reviews

Bianca NudiRahm
Very heave book. It makes you explore not just the love you've experienced, but everything. This book has helped me be able to understand people in a much deeper way. Everyone operates differently based on whatever trauma they have or haven't faced in life. I haven't finished the entire book yet because it is a deep read. Make sure that you have a highlighter, pen and notebook nearby. For me it was more study material than just a quick easy read. You have to take the time to digest and process what she's teaching you.
This is a book every young woman needs to read, I see myself rereading it in years to come. bell hooks addresses all of the heart issues and pains I’ve felt throughout the years and it’s written so logically. She doesn’t draw on emotions, but logic and growth, she rationalizes the emotions and circumstances many of us feel but can’t manage. Through the use of her own experiences, as well as the texts of other authors she has created something that is truly amazing and healing, I’ve literally referred this book to everyone I know
Beautifully written reminders and excellent critique on what it means to love in today's societal climate. Strongly recommended for people who want to learn more about a subject that should be taught in school but never was. Lessons can be found for everyone at any stage in life. Recommended especially for people who were raised by adults that werent good "love models."
Michael C.lindsay bo
1/2-way in, this book is a disorganized review of other peoples work mixed with opinions, generalizations, tropes, and stereotypes. Frankly, I find a lack of compassion for everyone involved. The worldview puts men and women on different teams, and if that is the kind of love you want, go for it. It's a tiresome feminist tea-party rant about "patriarchy" that lacks responsibility, compassion, or any kind of innovation on the topic.
Melissa Nolledo
I admit, I was skeptical when this book was first recommended to me. But it is insightful and certainly has some good points: Love and abuse cannot coexist! Domination cannot exist where a love ethic prevails True love is unconditional, but to truly flourish it requires an ongoing commitment to constructive struggle & change The essence of true love is mutual recognition- two individuals seeing each other as they really are We are a nation that normalizes dysfunction So many other noteworthy statements on patriarchy. This book was helpful, good read during this particular transition period.

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