Sisters of the Yam: Black Women and Self-Recovery

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In Sisters of the Yam, bell hooks reflects on the ways in which the emotional health of black women has been and continues to be impacted by sexism and racism. Desiring to create a context where black females could both work on their individual efforts for self-actualization while remaining connected to a larger world of collective struggle, hooks articulates the link between self-recovery and political resistance. Both an expression of the joy of self-healing and the need to be ever vigilant in the struggle for ...

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Overview

In Sisters of the Yam, bell hooks reflects on the ways in which the emotional health of black women has been and continues to be impacted by sexism and racism. Desiring to create a context where black females could both work on their individual efforts for self-actualization while remaining connected to a larger world of collective struggle, hooks articulates the link between self-recovery and political resistance. Both an expression of the joy of self-healing and the need to be ever vigilant in the struggle for equality, Sisters of the Yam continues to speak to the experience of black womanhood.

"By confronting topics avoided in polite company--including progressive black folks--hooks helps us tackle our deepest fears, those we harbor about our self-worth as African Americans, and get on with the business of becoming."--Village Voice Literary Supplement. An empowering new book from the author of Ain't I A Woman.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The noted author of Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism LJ 12/1/81 and Black Looks: Race and Represen tation LJ 7/92 takes a down-to-earth appproach to the process of self-actualization. An avid fan of self-help literature and a professor of African American studies, hooks summons the perspectives of both these disciplines to address the concerns of victims of institutionalized racism, sexism, and capitalist oppression. The title captures the yam's status as ``a life-sustaining symbol of black kinship and community'' as well as being the name of the author's campus support group. Through personal testimony, hooks describes how women can heal lives strained by kin, work, loss, yearning, mendacity, addiction, and ego. She considers the political realities black women must face as she implores them to heal themselves. Readers trying to unlearn racism and sexism will respect hooks for politicizing the self-recovery movement. Highly recommended.-- Kathleen E. Bethel, Northwestern Univ. Lib., Evans ton, Ill.
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"Sisters of the Yam, with its mixture of personal narrative, cultural critique, brief literary analyses, and plain, old-fashioned, kitchen table common-sense advice, might very well reach beyond the university to the diverse groups of people that have been hooks’s ‘intended’ audience throughout much of her speaking and writing." —Sandra Adell, African American Review (1995)

"In Sisters of the Yam, hooks articulates black women’s healing as an expression of ‘liberatory political practice.’ This statement transformed my consciousness as a health activist. By simply caring for myself, I can be a revolutionary. . ." —Sariane Leigh, The Feminist Wire (2012)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780896087330
  • Publisher: South End Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2005
  • Series: South End Press Classics Series Series
  • Edition description: South End Press Classic Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 539,701
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

A cultural critic, an intellectual, and a feminist writer, bell hooks is best known for classic books including Ain’t I a Woman, Bone Black, All About Love, Rock My Soul, Belonging, We Real Cool, Where We Stand, Teaching to Transgress, Teaching Community, Outlaw Culture, and Reel to Real. hooks is Distinguished Professor in Residence in Appalachian Studies at Berea College, and resides in her home state of Kentucky.

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Table of Contents

An interview (2004)
Preface : reflections of light
Introduction : healing darkness 1
Ch. 1 Seeking after truth 11
Ch. 2 Tongues of fire 21
Ch. 3 Work makes life sweet 29
Ch. 4 Knowing peace 39
Ch. 5 Growing away from addiction 49
Ch. 6 Dreaming ourselves dark and deep 59
Ch. 7 Facing and feeling loss 75
Ch. 8 Moved by passion 85
Ch. 9 Living to love 97
Ch. 10 Sweet communion 113
Ch. 11 The joy of reconciliation 125
Ch. 12 Touching the earth 135
Ch. 13 Walking in the spirit 141
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2004

    One of the best kept secrets!

    bell hooks' Sisters of the Yam: Black Women and Self-Recovery was a text utilized at Virginia Commonwealth University's Psychology 322 course. hooks elaborates on the exploitation of Americanized Africans in general. However, she specifically targets the abundance of issues that pigmented women must endure daily. She furnishes ample of evidence for support of her exploitation claims. hooks primary tool in her critical research and analysis is honesty. 'And ye shall know the truth'. . .Sisters of the Yam is a superb read and nothing but the truth. They say if you want to hide something from someone 'black' put it in a book. This is the book to read if you are seeking the truth. It's not one of those texts that builds a mountain of lies on the grain of truth. You know those little white lies the size of glaciers and that's just the tip of the iceberg. Since some are as cold as ice. Wrapping up, it's a must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2002

    Awesome!

    If you are tired of reading self-help books like Iyanla Vanzant adn want a more intellectual read this is the book for you. Hooks addresses a plethora of issues that affect the lives of black women and she looks at their lives in terms of context. This book makes you think. I highly recommend it.

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