Bone Black: Memories of Girlhood

bell hooks

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.

status Copy #1 (912): in
genre Activism and Human Rights » Feminism
publisher Holt Paperbacks
publish date October 15, 1997
popularity checked out 6 time(s)


  • By Jasmine (Jammys) Chang -

    Hard to put down. I love how bell hooks’ writing is personal, political and poetic all at once. Her stories are honest and raw, which is at times unnerving, yet poignant and powerful. As a reader, you get a sense of intimacy and trust.

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