Books by bell hooks

GRUMP GROAN GROWL by bell hooks
Released: April 8, 2008

"The metaphor here may immediately elude its literal-minded audience, but like its predecessor, its power goes straight to the viscera in a way that will resonate for a long, long time. (Picture book. 3-5)"
"GRUMP / GROAN / GROWL / BAD MOOD / on the prowl." Read full book review >
SKIN AGAIN by bell hooks
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Skip this, and buy another copy of Yo? Yes! (Picture book. 4-7)"
Snake(skin) and onion(skin) form the illustrative leitmotifs in this over-intellectualized musing on skin color. Read full book review >
Homemade Love by bell hooks
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"This joyful, loving African-American family is a model for all families to emulate. (Picture book. 2-5)"
There is no plot in this paean to parental unconditional love, but one isn't needed; the bold design and bright colors infuse enough energy into the soothing message to keep readers and listeners hooked. Read full book review >
BE BOY BUZZ by bell hooks
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"In all, a pleasing and affirmative visual and textual interpretation of what it means to be a little boy: be boy buzz, indeed. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The creators of Happy to Be Nappy (1999) return with a fine companion paean to boy-ness. Read full book review >
ALL ABOUT LOVE by bell hooks
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"A spiritual handbook, weighty with platitudes, yet refreshed with some thoughtful analyses that offer seekers a way to explore love's meaning, or meaninglessness. (Author tour)"
Love is the answer, but it's also the question posed by a cynical generation "bombarded by [love's] failure." Read full book review >
HAPPY TO BE NAPPY by bell hooks
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"The big daubs of background color seem to dance and spin with the figures, visual music to match the verbal. (Picture book. 6-8)"
PLB 0-7868-2377-1 Happy To Be Nappy (32 pp.; $14.95; PLB $15.49; Sept.; 0-7868-0427-0; PLB 0-7868-2377-1): Intentionally or not, this short paean to natural, in-all-its-glory hair constitutes a spirited response to the voices raised in protest over Carolivia Herron's Nappy Hair (1997). Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"And she does. (Author tour)"
A moving testimony to passion for the written word, and to the inherent difficulties of becoming a purveyor of both language and ideas. Read full book review >
WOUNDS OF PASSION by bell hooks
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Only a writer as good and determinedly idiosyncratic as hooks could have produced a book as misguided as this."
In her 15th book, hooks continues the memoir she began in Bone Black (1996). Read full book review >
BONE BLACK by bell hooks
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"A book of great intelligence, Bone Black's power is somewhat diffused by this reticence of tone."
Quite a departure from her usual work, this slender memoir allows African-American feminist writer hooks (Killing Rage, 1995, etc.) to look back on her childhood. Read full book review >
KILLING RAGE by bell hooks
Released: Sept. 19, 1995

"Too often, Killing Rage feels like it's preaching to the choir, and a bit perfunctory at that, but there are some moments of real insight, as one would expect from hooks. (Author tour)"
Any new work by hooks (Art on My Mind, p. 534, etc.) is welcome, but her latest is a somewhat diffuse effort. Read full book review >
Released: June 15, 1995

"It is impossible to imagine hooks writing a book devoid of interest, and the second half of this one is excellent indeed."
Political theorist and critic hooks continues the work of Black Looks (not reviewed), exploring the politics of representation, aesthetics, and the place of the African-American woman artist. Read full book review >