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All About Love: New Visions


A New York Times bestseller and enduring classic, All About Love is the acclaimed first volume in feminist icon bell hooks' "Love Song to the Nation" trilogy. All About Love reveals 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.

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272 pages

Average rating: 8.23




Community Reviews

Jul 18, 2024
10/10 stars
I love how this book is broken down by different types of love and there impact as there are soooooo many different types of love. Not just the romantic kind that most of us have tunnel vision one. I really learned a fe things and I'll be reading more from Bell in the near future.
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chel c.
Jul 09, 2024
10/10 stars
Read me up and down. Definitely a yearly read for me. Really liked that she came from the perspective of a Black woman of faith who is still a genuine lover-girl.
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Jun 12, 2024
8/10 stars
Rated this higher from a retrospective look. Some of its premises have come into more pop thought and life, from when it was originally written. However, it is a well-written book with much thought and references included. Some more sappy/visionary opinions at the end, but much needed insight into Love as a topic that we don't address. "Ingredients" of Love made the ENTIRE book worth the read. I only WISHED somebody (or bell hooks) would've been in my life earlier on... before all the hard lessons of Love came. A great, worthy work on an oddly difficult subject!
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May 21, 2024
8/10 stars
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Apr 08, 2024
6/10 stars
very enjoyable and knowledgeable read on the perspective of love, i just feel it could’ve did without the push off of so many references and referrals throughout the text.
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