Title: All About Love
Author: bell hooks
Genre: Non-Fiction (Love, Modern Society, Psychology & Philosophy)
Level of difficulty: 3/5 Dictionaries
Rating: 4/5 Stars
In today’s age, love is portrayed as this fluffy feminine thing that is unproductive and that we could do without. bell hooks challenges that narrative going as far as to argue that love is irreplaceable (something we inherently crave for and need, especially to create a more inclusive world), a skill to be learned, and a value to be defined. The author proves so by using personal experience and psychological and philosophical work by others on similar topics.
“The wounded heart learns self-love by first overcoming low self-esteem.”Pg. 55
Reasons To Read It:
1. It’s packed with moral lessons.
The novel is only 237 pages. However, in each chapter, there is a lesson, if not lessons. There were many times I had to put the book down after reading a chapter to process and ponder on what I had just read. To think critically about what was read and ask questions. Nevertheless, the book was not placed down for too long as its beautiful writing and full-packed insights were enchanting.
2. It is a timeless novel.
Despite the book’s publication being in 2001, it is still relevant 20 years later. This book needs to be read at different stages of one’s life and at different ages, too, not only because of its prominent reminder of the power of love but also because there shall be a takeaway each time it is read.