When Sisters of the Yam was originally released in 1994 it won critical praise and solidified bell hooks’ reputation as one of the leading public intellectuals of her generation. Today, the book is considered a classic in African American and feminist circles. It provides a launching point for much of hooks’ later work.
Tackling such issues as addiction, truth-telling, work, grieving, spirituality, and eroticism, hooks shares numerous strategies for self-recovery that can heal individuals and inspire struggle against racism, sexism, and consumer capitalism.
This new, expanded edition features a wide-ranging interview where hooks speaks to how her work continues and how it has changed. Sisters of the Yam stands apart as a self-help book, she says, because it links self-recovery with political resistance.
In these times of anti-feminist backlash, and with growing rates of depression and HIV/AIDS among black women, this important book offers multiple paths of healing and diverse ways of thinking spiritually.
Hooks continues to produce some of the most challenging, insightful, and provocative writing on race and gender in the United States today.
– Library Journal
|An Interview with bell hooks|
|Preface||Reflections of Light|
|Chapter 1||Seeking After Truth|
|Chapter 2||Tongues of Fire|
|Chapter 3||Work Makes Life Sweet|
|Chapter 4||Knowing Peace|
|Chapter 5||Growing Away from Addiction|
|Chapter 6||Dreaming Ourselves Dark and Deep|
|Chapter 7||Facing and Feeling Loss|
|Chapter 8||Moved by Passion|
|Chapter 9||Living to Love|
|Chapter 10||Sweet Communion|
|Chapter 11||The Joy of Reconciliation|
|Chapter 12||Touching the Earth|
|Chapter 13||Walking in the Spirit|