Bone Black: Memories of Girlhood

Bone Black: Memories of Girlhood

by bell hooks


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Stitching together girlhood memories with the finest threads of innocence, feminist intellectual bell hooks presents a powerfully intimate account of growing up in the South. A memoir of ideas and perceptions, Bone Black shows the unfolding of female creativity and one strong-spirited child's journey toward becoming a writer. She learns early on the roles women and men play in society, as well as the emotional vulnerability of children. She sheds new light on a society that beholds the joys of marriage for men and condemns anything more than silence for women. In this world, too, black is a woman's color—worn when earned—daughters and daddies are strangers under the same roof, and crying children are often given something to cry about. hooks finds good company in solitude, good company in books. She also discovers, in the motionless body of misunderstanding, that writing is her most vital breath.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805055122
Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 10/15/1997
Series: Bone Black Ser.
Edition description: REV
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 290,207
Product dimensions: 4.98(w) x 7.94(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

bell hooks is the author of several books, including Killing Rage, Bone Black, and Wounds of Passion. She is Distinguished Professor of English at City College in New York and lives in New York City.

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Bone Black : Memories of Girlhood 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
FemmeFox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I am a huge bell hooks fan but this was the first of her books that I have read that was specifically about her life. I enjoyed the way the book was written and I identified with her struggle.I highly recommend this book to anyone who is/was a girl or personally knows one. I think that this book gives some insight into how Black women are taught to define themselves and how sometimes that definition makes you an outsider within your own community.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I felt this book spoke a lot about what girls go through. Feeling like outcast within their own family. Feeling like their bodies are objects at times
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I find myself thinking about the sadness that bell hooks went through as a child. Her family for whatever reason made her the scapegoat and the target for ridicule, and you see the effect this had on her work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bell hooks definately deserves credit for this book. You'd be surprised about how much drama she went through as a little girl.