• Gloria Jean Watkins, known as bell hooks, was born in 1952 and is an American author, activist, and feminist of great renown. This book addresses race, capitalism, sexuality, history, art, education, and gender just as her previous works have. Hooks has been a teacher, scholar, the subject of documentary films, and public lecturer. Appalachian Elegy: Poetry and Place is a book of hooks’ poetry focused on her return to Kentucky (her birthplace) and the meaning of life, grief, and ultimately love during her upbringing there. Hooks addresses her heritage and the influence of white supremacist violence, as well as similar land loss issues faced by both black and american indian people pushed off by white settlers.
  • With her easy to decode yet provocative style of writing, Hook uses this book to answer the ongoing conversations that revolve around the production, exhibition and critic of art. She brings up the question of why art has not had a very big impact on the lives of most African Americans. This book is passionate and very personal. She talks about her own experience involving betrayal by a friend who is also an artist. She is disappointed by the lack of black critics and uses the works of the late Jean-Michel Basquiat to analyze the effect of historical photography on African Americans. It is a necessary need because there is a need to point out the insufficient representation of African American artists.
  • A home is somewhere that we feel safe and wanted. It is a place that calls us when we feel weary from our daily struggles. However, does every person out there share this value of what home is supposed to mean? How does this person feel like they truly belong in their community? Hooks addresses these fundamental questions in her new book Belonging: A Culture of Place by sharing her personal stories with the reader. It tells her tale of constant travel, meeting new people, and coming back to her origin in Kentucky. She addresses race, gender, and class in Belonging that takes the reader to another world they may not find in theirs. It is a thought-provoking story that anyone can find a relation to that ultimately leads us back to where we all began: our own home.
  • Black Looks: Race and Representation is a collection of twelve essays by bell hooks. Through her incisive mind and razor-sharp pen, bell hooks digs deeper into the personal and political repercussions of contemporary representations of ethnicity and race within the culture of white supremacy. The feminist icon examines the experience of African Americans on sensitive topics like black femininity and the commodification of the black culture and history as displayed in fashion, popular culture, literature, and much more. Bell hooks focuses on spectatorship while drawing on her personal experience in formulating new ways to look at blackness, whiteness, and black subjectivity.
  • In Bone Black: Memories of Girlhood, hooks shares her pain and dreams. We see her strength and can foretell her survival. Many people, not only African American women can relate to her journey which is nothing short of inspirational. The issues she faces growing up are real problems that many people go through. This is an intelligent read that anyone can connect and associate with themselves.
  • This extraordinary writer discusses how modern society impacts aspects of love. Hooks sets the stage with frank personal anecdotes, seasoned with her keen psychological and philosophical interpretations. She focuses in on romantic love, dissecting this source of longing and coming to the conclusion that, in American culture, men are socialized to mistrust women. She discusses the unfortunate consequence, which is the loss of love and meaningful relationships in the U.S. Each chapter features a different aspect of love. Hooks lays out her position and shows the reader external work on each element of love. Then she gives a roadmap of suggestions to reverse the dire effects of cultural training so that the reader can become better at giving and receiving love. The aspects covered include respect, affection, trust, recognition, care, commitment, and open communication. The idea is to overcome a viewpoint of domination, gender stereotypes, ego, control, and aggression.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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.