• A scholar and cultural critic, bell hooks infuses her writings with conversations of race and gender. In 1999, hooks wrote Happy to Be Nappy as her first children's book. Chris Raschka, two-time winner of the prestigious Caldecott Medal for illustrations in children's books, created the images that accompany hooks's text. Written for ages 3 and above with a focus on those in their preschool and early elementary years, this book inspires young girls to celebrate the beauty of their hair "soft like cotton, flower petal billowy soft, full of frizz and fuzz." Although written with a focus on African or African-American girls, the narrative encourages all readers to see the beauty within them. Disney-Hyperion re-released the title in board-book form in 2017.
  • What does it mean to be a boy? Can we perfectly capture the essence and energy of young manhood? How do we celebrate all things boy? Exuberantly capturing “all things boy”, comes Be Boy Buzz from famed author Bell Hooks. Her bold, poetic writing plunges into the essence and energy of what it means to be a boy - particularly an African-American boy. Soulful illustrations from Chris Raschka perfectly complement Hooks’ trademarked brevity and eloquence. Leaving readers irresistibly captivated by the delights and contradictions of young manhood, this rhythmic, life affirming book is a must read for anyone yearning to celebrate what it means to be a boy.
  • All About Love: New Visions
    Author bell hooks gives us a non-academic, though personally profound look into this universal and ageless question in her book, ‘All About Love: New Visions.’ One can assimilate Hooks’ analysis to love to Scott M. Peck’s view of life from 'A Road Less Traveled': “Life is difficult” as Peck says… once one accepts that life is, in fact difficult, it’s easier to accept the natural course of life. Venture with Hooks into her perspective on love in her value-filled chapters about what love is. This non-academic, though the intellectually written book, will allow you to consider your own thoughts and views on what love is while giving you cultural awareness on what society allows us to accept and what we are taught to believe love is.
  • “The Will To Change: Men, Masculinity and Love,” by bell hooks, helps men explore their emotions by addressing some of their most common concerns, which include fear of intimacy and their loss of place in the patriarchal society. Men want and need love, but the patriarchal culture can prevent them from knowing themselves and being in touch with their feelings, which causes them to have difficultly loving. The Will To Change helps men be open with things like fear of intimacy and the way they have lost their patriarchal place in society. Throughout the book, hooks explores things in new and challenging ways to get men to be in touch with themselves so they can reclaim the best parts and be open to love and experiencing a wide variety of emotions that have usually only been experienced by females.
  • bell hooks establishes what feminism is truly about through Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics. The book analytically explores feminism from an intelligent perspective, shining light on the successes and shortcomings of the feminist movement. Removing the strong sexual appetite from the topic of love, the author explores ways to end oppression and sexism. Consider the book a simple guide to understanding feminism.
  • Teaching To Transgress is a collection of personalized essays about the state of traditional education in the United States where diversity and culture are concerned. Through a blend of personal anecdotes and provocative essays, bell hooks revolutionizes what it means to teach children of minority backgrounds. This collection of narrative essays touches upon the difficulties of race and the intersectional of culture. It instructs the reader how to approach educating children of different backgrounds, particularly those who are black and Latino. hooks suggests that teachers meet children at their cultural and social level to teach concepts that stick.
  • For those interested in black womanhood, Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism by bell hooks, published in 1981, should be on your must-read list. It evaluates and examines all aspects of black womanhood, including slavery, involvement in feminism, racism against black woman as well as strong black feminists, black male sexism, the devaluation of black woman and more. This book tries to move past racist and sexist assumptions and, through her groundbreaking writing and insightful viewpoints, hooks creates a book that should be on the bookshelf of every woman feminist scholar.
  • Intimacy and the notion of love are discovered in Bell Hooks’ third sequel in her love series. “Communion: The Female Search for Love” challenges everything that we thought we knew about feminism. Have women indeed championed all things concerning equally? Are they really on the road to total wellness, or are we all just living in the delusion of gender equality being on the horizon? Bell Hooks has answers to some of the most challenging questions. According to the author, a woman’s search for love, not equality, is at the helm of all things. Freedom only comes when she realizes her value and appreciates herself instead of waiting for substantiation from a man. Hooks commands the attention of readers with language that forces them to consider their ideologies in comparison with what is presented in the book. “Communion” is not a book for those who are unwilling to evolve. It is, however, the ideal choice for women who have always silently wondered why intimacy and true fulfillment appear to be more fantasies than realities.
  • The book ‘Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center’ was written by a feminist author named Bell hooks. It was published in 1984 and was later edited in 2000. This is Hooks’ second book after Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism. Readers have found the theory provocative and relevant. In this book, Hooks gives hope that feminists around the world can create a mass feminist movement. She addresses the issues affecting the feminist movement: its goals, men’s role in it, pacifism, solidarity and the nature of the revolution. She became one of the most influential voices in feminism, through this book. All through this book, Hooks criticizes different phases of the American culture and offers possible answers to the problems she encounters. Through her discussions in the book, she argues that the system is corrupt and that such a system cannot achieve gender equality even if it wanted to. Therefore, to envision a life-affirming future, first, there has to be a complete transformation of the system, including the society and all institutions.
  • In this book, renowned author bell hooks provides clarity on teaching in her inimitable style. Hooks boldly raises controversial topics that require attention in order to move education forward in this country. Bravely addressing gender, race and class differences, she talks about the need for a complex balance that makes teaching so important and exciting. When we teach, it's important to value and learn from divisive works authored by sexist or racist writers. You can't fight what you don't understand. Hooks highlights that reading is essential to learning. Above all else, free speech is the most powerful tool of democracy and deserves primacy, no matter what the speaker is espousing. In her essays, she elevates the transformative process that accompanies critical thinking. This is provocative book is a celebration of the intellectual. If you are interested in teaching, education or pedagogy in this country, this book is a must read.
  • The highly acclaimed, provocative New York Times bestseller—a personal, eloquently-argued essay, adapted from the much-admired TEDx talk of the same name—from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, award-winning author of Americanah. Here she offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness. Drawing extensively on her own experiences and her deep understanding of the often masked realities of sexual politics, here is one remarkable author’s exploration of what it means to be a woman now—and an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.
  • Fans of bell hooks's earlier works will enjoy her collection of essays on combating racism and sexism in education. Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope draws from hook’s personal experiences as both a student and teacher. Her stories offer insight into creating better communities as she covers topics like romantic relationships between professors and students, democratic education, and racism. Her descriptions of her experiences as a teacher, both in and out of the classroom, are valuable reading for educators looking for new perspectives.