Shonell Bacon's Reviews > Talking Back: Thinking Feminist, Thinking Black

Talking Back by bell hooks
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Apr 11, 2011

it was amazing
Read on April 11, 2011

It's hard for me to put into words how much I loved this book, but I will have to soon as it's part of my dissertation reading list. One reason I love? I'm a fan of blending the academic with the personal, with writing that aids in elevating the mind but doesn't put up a wall between the words and the reader. Another reason? This book called me to remember my own life, own stories and how being black and female was read, handled, and lived in the many spaces I've traveled in my life. Another reason? It's a call to everyone, not just black women or black people, but all people who want to end sexism, racism, classism, all forms of oppression that binds groups and keeps them from having voices in their stories, in their worlds. It is one of those books that as you read, you can feel your brain shifting, you can feel thoughts being questioned and examined. It makes you become critical--and not in a bad way. We would all do well to not take everything at face value, to look at not only ourselves but also others to make the world and spaces we traverse in betters venues for all people. Much more I could write, but I'll save that for another day.
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Miriam I hope you still love it after your dissertation ;)

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