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  • 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.
  • Designed as kids’ art book, Grump, Groan, Growl digs down and connects with kids at their level with a picture book that is intended to help toddlers understand emotional control. This is about giving kids their first lesson in redirection energy that winds them up and makes them otherwise crazy little tornadoes of mayhem in a household. bell hooks takes what is her normal acidic skill at social commentary and transforms it into a help book for first-year readers. In doing so, Grump, Groan, Growl attaches to kids at their communication level with the favorable analogies of animal sounds, but in reality, it’s teaching them their first lessons at assimilating with society, starting with their home life.
  • 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.
  • As far as intellectuals go, author bell hooks is one that outpaces all others. In her work, “Homegrown: Engaged Cultural Criticism,” hooks engages in conversation with Chicana artist, Amalia Mesa-Bains. Spanning topics like creativity, power, and politics, the pair work through difficult topics and present them in a way that challenges the reader and forces them to evaluate the relationship between minorities and our society today. The book’s overarching theme is the effort of society to separate and polarize both Latinos and African Americans, illustrating and emphasizing differences in an effort to create a “preferred minority.” With two views on the topic that come from both sides of the coin, readers can truly get the whole story and make up their minds on their own.
  • Homemade Love by bell hooks has no plot, but it is still effortless to understand. It uses bright and bold colors that give it a fun look. The style is poetically infused with soothing and energetic messages that keep readers or listeners captivated from the beginning to the end. The book passes across the message that parents love their children at all times. Even when children make mistakes, their parents do not love them less. The girl’s dress signifies different moods and what is going on in the story. Bell hooks answers the questions that most children ask ‘Will my parents continue to love me even when I make mistakes?’ The overall message of the story is forgiveness, overcoming fear, and the unconditional love that children deserve from their parents.
  • “Killing Rage: Ending Racism” is a collection of twenty-three essays that were collected and compiled by author bell hooks. Hooks works to address the issues that come with any concept that ends in “ism” and how it relates to social inequality and bias of our society as we know it. All the essays in the work are written from the standpoint of an African American feminist, and the book overall works to address the fact that women are largely left out of the discussion when it comes to ending racism. This book is broken up into essays so that readers can better internalize and rationalize what they are reading and read each piece either individually or as a whole.
  • No one addresses social justice quite like bell hooks. The author delves into African-American culture with her collection of essays, as presented in "Outlaw Culture," that seeks to challenge the reader while providing explanations for some of the most pressing issues. This collection is both electrifying and surprising as hooks brings the truths about feminism to the forefront. Readers will get powerful insight into the social constructs that seek to oppress one group while bolstering another. Who better than bell hooks to present such an amazing collection of works on feminism and the need to change?
  • Date night at the movies is about more than what audience members bring to the setting. There is also what is shown onscreen, which is why bell hooks has comprised a collection of essays known as "Reel to Real." Readers can expect to get a beyond-the-veil experience as bell breaks down what those famous sex scenes really mean. Of course, hooks remains true to her cultural roots as well as her feminist ideologies in this collection of essays. Readers will never quite view movies the same after getting insight as to the reason why some films remain with the heart long after the viewer has watched them on the big screen. Reel to Real gives readers a modern-day explanation for the notion of catharsis that Aristotle introduced several centuries ago.
  • Through her postmodernist perspective, bell hooks addresses several issues including racism, sexuality, art, history, and feminism in this contemplative collection of essays. She celebrates various aspects of literacy such as the joy of writing and reading in the Remembered Rapture. Hooks is always optimistic that she will eventually bring awareness to the issues of gender and race oppression to help empower women. Her work is often relatable because she artistically uses personal experiences to illustrate various concepts and ideas in writing. She has consistently proven that regardless of the challenges she encounters in life and her career path, she is not afraid to face them. She is always dedicated to writing about issues that most writers find a little too sensitive, especially women writers who find it challenging to create work that goes against the grain. Hooks learned the power of written word and the value of speaking her mind from an early age. She has been a lecturer at Yale and Oberlin among other colleges.
  • World-renowned author and visionary bell hooks offers a critical insight on self-esteem as one of the most critical issues affecting African Americans from the ages of slavery to the present day. In Rock My Soul, hooks vividly describes the image painted by the African-American identity crisis in terms of living in fear, anxiety, and shame. The scholar takes an in-depth look at how privileged the urban, young or old, African-Americans can redeem themselves by healing the scars of the past to promote and maintain self-esteem. She asserts that this is the foundation for laying down the roots for a stable black community with a prosperous future. Her pen name “bell hooks” is inherited from her great-grandmother named Bell Blair Hooks, a woman who was known for her courage to speak her mind at all times. Drawing inspiration from her grandmother, hooks has been at the forefront in fighting for equality for the better part of her adult life. She is dedicated to working tirelessly in writing from her heart and drawing attention to these societal issues. Her work is inspired by her personal life experiences and hope for a better future. Her writing is largely focused on the dynamics of race, gender, and capitalism. She describes how these factors produce and perpetuate complicated systems of domination and oppression in the world.
  • In bell hooks' powerful work of literary and cultural criticism, she examines the perceptions and influence of love among influential black figures through history. Salvation: Black People and Love examines everything from love in major works of black literature to popular television shows to rap music, and how these portrayals of love have affected and represented the black community. She also discusses love and how it has affected black figures throughout history, all the way from the days of slavery to the civil rights and Black Power movements up to today. This book is an incredibly influential and meaningful work of healing among races, using the truly universal experience of love to bring us together. 
  • In this 13 chapter self-help book, bell hooks honestly, but gently, confronts the ills which prevent healing in individual lives. Anyone can relate to the many concepts of healing dissected here; however, it’s the special intersection of sexism and racism that is of particular interest to black women. The difference between bell hooks and other self-help books is that she doesn’t only want to see black women doing well, but she wants recovery of self to manifest into a social and political movement. According to her, they are intertwined.