All About Love was our Summer Complex Theory read and the perfect book to wrap up the summer. The bell hooks classic offers readers radical ways to think about love by showing its interconnectedness in our private and public lives. Thamara Jean, a member of the #SmartBrownGirl Cohort, drafted the syllabus as part of our book club commitment to provide access across knowledge bases.
Our community went through a myriad of emotions while reading bell hooks words. Here is what they had to say:
I Wasn’t Ready –A life changing read! Hooks offers a concrete definition of love and everything that follows will unearth the fact that you probably haven’t been truly loved by important people in your life. This book breaks down everything you’ve been taught around love and gives insight to where it came from and how to reimagine it in its real form in relation to family, self, relationships, spiritually, and healing. “To truly love, we must learn to mix various ingredient– care, affection, recognition, respect, commitment, and trust, as well as honest and open communication (pg 5).” -bell hooks, All about love It’s a small book, but the weight of the words impacts you in a heavy way, that will cause you to question and really think about what you believe about love. – Beatrice
Missing Out – In the book All About Love by bell hooks she addresses the lack of love and its impact on the society in which people lack love. She addresses this issue outside of and including romantic love and the effects on the person, community, and culture. More specifically, she challenges the belief that love is lacking, unnecessary, and unattainable in our society. This belief she contends adds to the stresses and dysfunction in life and can be made better by implementing a life with love. In All About Love, hooks states that love is an action and people should practice expressing love in all areas of their lives and through this action society can undergo a massive positive change in politics, economics, and all other aspects. These issues as addressed are also worth a deep review because there are additional insights which are offered to build on and apply towards daily living and inevitable change. The current climate of American society is certainly at odds with the idea of doing anything with love. In living through and experiencing life under the current conditions it is more than glaring to acknowledge the impact of lovelessness on society. bell hooks’ book All About Love should be a required read for anyone who wants to see some sort of change and wants to be responsible for a shift in society. – Antoinette