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The acclaimed first volume in feminist icon bell hooks'' "Love Song to the Nation,”  All About Love is a revelation about 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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"Each offering from bell hooks is a major event, as she has so much to give us."-- Maya Angelou"She provides a refreshing spiritual treatise that steps outside the confines of the intellect and into the wilds of the heart."-- "Seattle Weekly"Like love, this book is worth the commitment."-- "Toronto Sun

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THE ACCLAIMED FIRST VOLUME IN HER "LOVE SONG TO THE NATION"

“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, the renowned scholar, cultural critic, and feminist skewers our view of love as romance. In its place she offers a proactive new ethic for a people and a society bereft with lovelessness.

As Bell Hooks uses her incisive mind and razor-sharp pen to explore the question “What is love?” her answers strike at both the mind and heart. In thirteen concise chapters, hooks examines her own search for emotional connection and society’s failure to provide a model for learning to love. 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 affirmation of just how profoundly she can.

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Melissa Nolledo
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A must read especially after going through a breakup
Reviewed in the United States on December 9, 2018
I admit, I was skeptical when this book was first recommended to me. But it is insightful and certainly has some good points: Love and abuse cannot coexist! Domination cannot exist where a love ethic prevails True love is unconditional, but... See more
I admit, I was skeptical when this book was first recommended to me. But it is insightful and certainly has some good points:

Love and abuse cannot coexist!

Domination cannot exist where a love ethic prevails

True love is unconditional, but to truly flourish it requires an ongoing commitment to constructive struggle & change

The essence of true love is mutual recognition- two individuals seeing each other as they really are

We are a nation that normalizes dysfunction

So many other noteworthy statements on patriarchy.

This book was helpful, good read during this particular transition period.
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Michael C.
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"Most men use psychological terrorism to subordinate women." - Bell Hooks
Reviewed in the United States on November 13, 2018
1/2-way in, this book is a disorganized review of other peoples work mixed with opinions, generalizations, tropes, and stereotypes. Frankly, I find a lack of compassion for everyone involved. The worldview puts men and women on different teams, and if that is the kind of... See more
1/2-way in, this book is a disorganized review of other peoples work mixed with opinions, generalizations, tropes, and stereotypes. Frankly, I find a lack of compassion for everyone involved. The worldview puts men and women on different teams, and if that is the kind of love you want, go for it. It''s a tiresome feminist tea-party rant about "patriarchy" that lacks responsibility, compassion, or any kind of innovation on the topic.
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Megan Dietz
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a great book but why is it narrated by A DUDE!?!?!?
Reviewed in the United States on November 8, 2020
i bought this audiobook because i wanted to engage with hooks''s work in a new way for me ... imagine how much i wanted to vomit when i heard her words coming out of a white man''s mouth. lol if i wanted to hear a white man''s voice i would have bought a book BY A WHITE... See more
i bought this audiobook because i wanted to engage with hooks''s work in a new way for me ... imagine how much i wanted to vomit when i heard her words coming out of a white man''s mouth. lol if i wanted to hear a white man''s voice i would have bought a book BY A WHITE MAN.

audiobook producers, do better!
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lindsay bottos
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I''m always recommending it to everyone I know and my copy is super beat up from lending it out so often
Reviewed in the United States on February 6, 2017
This book is literally life changing. I''m always recommending it to everyone I know and my copy is super beat up from lending it out so often. I''ve underlined so many lines and I''ve written lots of poems inspired by this book. Definitely worth your time and it''s really easy... See more
This book is literally life changing. I''m always recommending it to everyone I know and my copy is super beat up from lending it out so often. I''ve underlined so many lines and I''ve written lots of poems inspired by this book. Definitely worth your time and it''s really easy to read so you can get through it really quickly!
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Beautifully written reminders and excellent critique on what it means ...
Reviewed in the United States on August 4, 2017
Beautifully written reminders and excellent critique on what it means to love in today''s societal climate. Strongly recommended for people who want to learn more about a subject that should be taught in school but never was. Lessons can be found for everyone at any stage in... See more
Beautifully written reminders and excellent critique on what it means to love in today''s societal climate. Strongly recommended for people who want to learn more about a subject that should be taught in school but never was. Lessons can be found for everyone at any stage in life. Recommended especially for people who were raised by adults that werent good "love models."
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Love yourself, purchase this book!
Reviewed in the United States on April 17, 2018
This is a book every young woman needs to read, I see myself rereading it in years to come. bell hooks addresses all of the heart issues and pains I’ve felt throughout the years and it’s written so logically. She doesn’t draw on emotions, but logic and growth, she... See more
This is a book every young woman needs to read, I see myself rereading it in years to come. bell hooks addresses all of the heart issues and pains I’ve felt throughout the years and it’s written so logically. She doesn’t draw on emotions, but logic and growth, she rationalizes the emotions and circumstances many of us feel but can’t manage. Through the use of her own experiences, as well as the texts of other authors she has created something that is truly amazing and healing, I’ve literally referred this book to everyone I know
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Bianca
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It makes you explore not just the love you''ve experienced
Reviewed in the United States on March 29, 2018
Very heave book. It makes you explore not just the love you''ve experienced, but everything. This book has helped me be able to understand people in a much deeper way. Everyone operates differently based on whatever trauma they have or haven''t faced in life. I haven''t... See more
Very heave book. It makes you explore not just the love you''ve experienced, but everything. This book has helped me be able to understand people in a much deeper way. Everyone operates differently based on whatever trauma they have or haven''t faced in life. I haven''t finished the entire book yet because it is a deep read. Make sure that you have a highlighter, pen and notebook nearby. For me it was more study material than just a quick easy read. You have to take the time to digest and process what she''s teaching you.
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And this book is a great non-fictional read
Reviewed in the United States on May 9, 2018
I am trying to play around with the genre of books I read and non-fiction is a genre that I only recently have started reading. And this book is a great non-fictional read. It is honest and filled with ideas and thoughts and feelings that a lot of people have (including me)... See more
I am trying to play around with the genre of books I read and non-fiction is a genre that I only recently have started reading. And this book is a great non-fictional read. It is honest and filled with ideas and thoughts and feelings that a lot of people have (including me) but cannot necessarily articulate into words. It made me question a lot of my ideas and I liked that.
There were times when the book was a little repetitive, which isn’t necessarily bad (since it emphasized and highlighted the theme she was trying to bring forth) but I found slightly exhausting.
Overall this book is an amazing read. In today’s world, where we find ourselves defining love and all our expectations that come with it as subjective since it is unmeasurable, unlike power and money and status, All about Love serves to question its subjectivity and how this subjectivity is what makes it so hard for people to feel loved.
Most importantly, this book brought up some important questions that I never even thought to question - such as “is giving care and feeling cared for, the same as loving and feeling loved?”
Bella hooks also does a great job with addressing sexism in our society today and the effect it has on individuals.
This book is thought-provoking and enlightening and and a “let’s all feel better as individuals and members of a society” read!
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very healing, life changing
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 4, 2019
PLEASE read this book if you need to forgive yourself or another and you''re finding it hard, if you have known neglect, trauma/generational trauma, if you want to better your communication with loved ones, or if you want to work on your insecurities. This book helped me aa...See more
PLEASE read this book if you need to forgive yourself or another and you''re finding it hard, if you have known neglect, trauma/generational trauma, if you want to better your communication with loved ones, or if you want to work on your insecurities. This book helped me aa lot.
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Rahma
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Not as engaging as I thought it would be
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 16, 2020
It is actually quite cliché and unlike anything I''ve ever read. I bought this book because I would see little snippets of the book and quotes sometimes and think they were wonderful but the book itself did not really do much for me, personally speaking. The quality of the...See more
It is actually quite cliché and unlike anything I''ve ever read. I bought this book because I would see little snippets of the book and quotes sometimes and think they were wonderful but the book itself did not really do much for me, personally speaking. The quality of the book itself was quite low as well the cover and pages were thin and deliciated and sometimes simply tore as I would turn a page. Delivery was quick though so I am giving an overall rating of 2/10 for this item.
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bell hooks is a truly great author, someone who doesn''t get as much recognition ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 30, 2016
bell hooks is a truly great author, someone who doesn''t get as much recognition as she deserves. Here she critically analyses the notion of love in it''s many nuanced forms and has produced a very accessible book that anyone can pick up and read. The language is easily...See more
bell hooks is a truly great author, someone who doesn''t get as much recognition as she deserves. Here she critically analyses the notion of love in it''s many nuanced forms and has produced a very accessible book that anyone can pick up and read. The language is easily understood and the book is just the right length to be read over and over again as I myself have done. A great read!
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I read this cos of Brene Brown...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 1, 2020
Brilliant book. Insightful and interesting and deeply inspirational. I know this was written a while back, but it is still entirely relevant, if not arguably more so in the present. Very grateful that Bell Hooks wrote this and I got to experience her wisdom.
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Brenda Clark
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I highly recommend everyone read this book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 7, 2018
I highly recommend everyone read this book. It speaks the truth about ourselves and the most important relationships in our lives..
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