Bone Black: Memories of Girlhood

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 plaStitching 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 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.
Bone Black Memories of Girlhood 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 perc

  • Title: Bone Black: Memories of Girlhood
  • Author: bell hooks
  • ISBN: 9780805055122
  • Page: 381
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. This is a fantastic autobiography from feminist activist and theorist bell hooks. As all her work, it is witty and engaging and insightful. A must in our current race-baiting and woman-hating rhetoric of Drumpfism, the TV evangelist psychos and Fox&Friends.

    2. A slender and poetic memoir by African American feminist and intellectual bell hooks. In sparse, three-paged chapters, hooks details her experience growing up as a poor black girl in an era of racial segregation. You can see her budding feminist roots in Bone Black, as she shares poignant memories such as the joy and shame of discovering her sexuality, how people labeled queer and gender nonconforming folk as "funny," and the complex feelings she experienced whenever she saw the ways women made [...]

    3. bell hooks is a pretty famous feminist, writer, speaker, and activist. Unfortunately because of my upbringing, I didn't actually know she existed until my sister took a women's studies class and bought a bunch of bell hooks' books. Ever since then, my sister has been pestering me to read them. Since this is Black History Month, I thought now was the perfect time to acquiesce to my sister.The best way to describe this book is a photo album. You go to your parent's bookshelves (or coffee table) an [...]

    4. This book should be part of every high school reading curriculum, especially in these worrisome times. At the highest level, writing should stimulate empathy, and this memoir, told in carefully rendered vignette chapters, is not only beautiful on a visceral level but on a teaching level. hooks opens up her heart and mind and allows us to FEEL her upbringing in a black community in the south. We feel her pain when she is beaten, cry with her in her solitude, nod with her when she gets a sentence [...]

    5. A testament to the power of memoir. Trusting the reader. The fluctuating point of view technique explained in the forward of Bone Black was used effortlessly, though if you have ever tried to do this as a writer, it is so difficult. And the open vision, hooks' prose poetic lines, her short versed chapters, like lightening storm flashes. Like archery. And a testament to bravery, to dare to tell the outsider story of a black girl growing up in rural Kentucky, never quite fitting in, even among her [...]

    6. Bone Black is the first complete work I have read from bell hooks, although at the time of this review I am in the midst of one of her other books. I'm glad that this is the first book of hers I finished, as I feel it has given me a glimpse of where the perspective of her other works lies. Regardless of the reading order, this was an incredibly well done memoir.As hooks mentions a quilt from her grandmother in the opening chapter, this book quickly forms into a quilt of its own. It is a glorious [...]

    7. WOW! Okay, so this is an unparalleled memoir. This is a memoir in flash. This is a memoir of the youngest daughter on fire. She is black. She gives her life to us in short, concise sentences that bust through the macro and micro of life in every paragraph. She gives us unforgettable similes. Hooks is brilliant! We watch through her eyes. We see the injustices, the horror, and the beauty. Read this! I'm sorry I came so late to it! It will be with me always! Here are some quotes:"She could see the [...]

    8. I would say this is the best book I've read this year so far! This memoir is basically a collection of memories that bell hooks has about her childhood. They seem to be in a vaguely chronological order leading up to her senior year of high school. The chapters are all quite short- usually 3 pages long. Because of this I found it was a very easy book to read quite quickly! I also enjoyed the writing, and found it interesting how most sections were told in first person narrative, and some in third [...]

    9. Bone Black was the most inspiring book I have ever read. It was a memoir but it was not the typical memoir. The book was written in a more poetic kind of way. She did not have sentences be she have phrases. Simple phrases that came together to tell about her childhood of being a black girl.She grew up in the Jim Crow era. there were white only places that she wanted to go in but she could not. She also was the black sheep of the family. No one understood her she was not your average of little gi [...]

    10. hooks experiments with her writing in this book. I wonder if this book is like her poetry. There are a lot of interesting things happening here but it can be challenging (and sometimes boring) to get through it. BUT, I think it's a serious must-read if you're interested in Black families, Black women's lives etc.

    11. I don't know how to take this book. Her experiences are so different from mine that I don't know how to understand them or whether I'm meant to understand them (being white, being priviledged). I know the joy of books, but not the struggle of integration, of fighting for those books. I can't know what it is like to be black. Will have to reread.

    12. “deep within myself i had begun to worry that this loving care we gave to the pink and white flesh-colored dolls meant that somewhere left high on the shelves were boxes of unwanted, unloved brown dolls covered in dust. i thought that they would remain there forever, orphaned and alone, unless someone began to want them, to want to give them love and care, to want them more than anything. at first they ignored my wanting. they complained. they pointed out that white dolls were easier to find, [...]

    13. It is in a way a precursor to Wounds of passion: A writing life. Which is my favourite bell hooks book by far. Bone black is written in short spurts which creates a division in her early life experiences and how she has perceived them. I was a little disappointed in the turnout, but that was because of my projections. Would read again.

    14. Poignant and vivid. Takes me back. Even though bell hooks and I are from a different generation, our experience as a black girl living in the south are the same. Bone Black is going down as one of my all time favorites.

    15. bell hooks' writing is fluid and thoroughly digestible. I found the chapters written in the third person awkward at first but I got used to it. Stylistically it's interesting as it makes me think about (as The Ocean at the End of the Lane did) how one's memories recalled in first person are usually (seen as?) authentic where memories recalled in third person are often *told* to you and you are imagining a story about yourself: retroactively created memories of things of which you have no direct, [...]

    16. This book happened to catch my eye the last time I went to the library, and I just knew I needed to read it. Not sure why--thought I remembered disliking the only other bell hooks I'd ever read. Glad I followed the whim. A brief and unconventional memoir of a young black woman coming into her own after years of being her family's "problem" child, the many, almost uniformly brief "chapters" feel more like poems or pictures. The author's voice is calm and steady; her writing is elegant and impress [...]

    17. This memoir speaks simply, eloquently, to my heart. These scattered snatches of bell hooks's childhood cohere readily in my mind, because she embeds them in emotions and sensibilities that resonate with mine. (Although the concrete details of *my* childhood, on the outside, looked quite different.) While reading this book, I began to write more poetically, imagistically, and I think humanely. I don't presume that this book will be or do the same for you. Check it out yourself.

    18. A very personal reflection of an American icons' strength in an unyielding description of the worlds determination to keep the dust of ignorance at bay. Professor Watkins forges through instances of fear, induced by the pressures of the burrs of bureaucracy, illustrating how an inhospitable environment can perpetuate the winds of the open minded.

    19. This book, this book, this book. I have never been able to read a bell hooks and not be changed by it. The ways in which she writes about girlhood is incredibly beautiful and real. There are parts of her girlhood that resounded with me and mine. This book is precious to me. Thank you, bell hooks.

    20. bell hooks sure can write! This book is short but powerful. It's not told in the typical autobiographical format (first person, unfolding story) but rather small vignettes with shifting perspectives. Original, smart, and touching.

    21. This ended up being WAY DARKER than I anticipated. It was sort of like a dead dove; do not eat situation. O.oMore thoughts: ladybusiness.dreamwidth/20

    22. I really enjoyed bell hook's memories of her childhood - it really gave me the feeling of a looking at adult life from a child's perspective and how strange it all seems.

    23. This book is so lovelyll hooks gives her reader the profound privilege of growing up with her. From some of her first memories into her early teenage years, we follow the trajectory of a young girl who fights tooth and nail against the family members who try to make her conform to roles and behaviors that do not fit in with how she sees herself.I'm not saying anything new when I say that bell hooks' prose is phenomenal. I feel like it might be an unfair comparison, because their backgrounds and [...]

    24. What an extraordinary writer bell hooks is. This book is told in a series of very short chapters, of three pages each. And each one of them, while small, is perfectly polished - sometimes a snapshot of an event, sometimes a portrait of a person, sometimes a landscape. The writer's viewpoint changes - in the hands of someone less skilled, this would be infuriating, but here it flows and makes sense.This isn't a book of self-pity. It is not specifically about triumph over hardship. It is, however, [...]

    25. This book is essentially an origin story. hooks takes you on a journey in time to the years that made her who she is; the years that inform what she cares about. I say a 'journey in time' because you really feel like you have visited her childhood. She is that good at expressing a feeling or experience. It is written in an unconventional way, switching from first to third person. But it actually doesn't feel weird. It makes sense, given what she is showing you. It's completely accessible.Anyone [...]

    26. This book had an immediacy that really impressed me, often I realized her insights were resonating with me but I had not formulated my childhood experiences so clearly. This book was one of my two favorite books so far this year. I read it as part of the Read Harder 2017 Challenge category for a book set within 100 miles of where I live, because I am moving to Kentucky and I believe she is from there. I didn't get a strong sense of place from the book, it could have taken place in literally any [...]

    27. A fairly easy read, but at times it felt contrived as if the adult self was forcing a feminist view onto the childhood self. Who refers to their brother as "the boy"? I enjoyed and related to the angst of being the outcast of the family, the different one (for different reasons) and the emotional escape of books and storytelling.

    28. So. Good. Finished it yesterday and was blown away with the poetic prose on each page. For instance: "This is autobiography as truth and myth-as poetic witness" (xiv). Also, "[Saru , hooks' grandma] tells me the best way to live in the world is to learn to make things grow" (60). Just wonderful. Highly recommend.

    29. I haven't read bell hooks before and I'm glad this is my first. The short burst of memory are a style I love. A very unique memoir I want to read lots more bell hooks now.

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