Bone Black

Memories of Girlhood

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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.

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“Bone Black is a lucid, challenging, and entrancing read.”—The Washington Post Book World

“With the emotion of poetry, the narrative of a novel, and the truth of experience, Bell Hooks weaves a girlhood memoir you won’t be able to put down—or forget. Bone Black takes us into the cave of self-creation.”—Gloria Steinem

“A canvas of vividly impressionistic splashes of growing up young, gifted, black, and female.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer

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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
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Henry Holt and Co.
Holt Paperbacks
October 1997
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ISBN: 9780805055122
ISBN10: 0805055126
5 x 8 inches, 208 pages
$15.00
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