In Sisters of the Yam, bell hooks reflects on the ways in which the emotional health of black women has been and continues to be impacted by sexism and racism. Desiring to create a context where black females could both work on their individual efforts for self-actualization while remaining connected to a larger world of collective struggle, hooks articulates the link between self-recovery and political resistance. Both an expression of the joy of self-healing and the need to be ever vigilant in the struggle for equality, Sisters of the Yam continues to speak to the experience of black womanhood.
A cultural critic, an intellectual, and a feminist writer, bell hooks is best known for classic books including Ain't I a Woman, Bone Black, All About Love, Rock My Soul, Belonging, We Real Cool, Where We Stand, Teaching to Transgress, Teaching Community, Outlaw Culture, and Reel to Real. hooks is Distinguished Professor in Residence in Appalachian Studies at Berea College, and resides in her home state of Kentucky.
Preface to the New Edition: Reflections of Light Introduction: Healing Darkness 1. Seeking After Truth 2. Tongues of Fire 3. Work Makes Life Sweet 4. Knowing Peace 5. Growing Away from Addiction 6. Dreaming Ourselves Dark and Deep 7. Facing and Feeling Loss 8. Moved by Passion 9. Living to Love 10. Sweet Communion 11. The Joy of Reconciliation 12. Touching the Earth 13. Walking in the Spirit An Interview with bell hooks (2004)