March 17, 2018: Book Recommendation: Wounds of Passion: A Writing Life
Publisher: Holt Paperbacks
Publication: January 15, 1999 Reprint edition
Page Number: 288 pages
If you don’t know who bell hooks (pen name) is, hopefully you will soon find out. Her knowledge of class, race, gender, and culture is found in many of her earlier books. This book is different in that it is a memoir about her love for writing and how she manages other desires in her life around writing. There is discussion of childhood events that shaped what she wrote about as an adult, and how it influenced her personally. You often write what you know while allowing your inner spark to guide you when things become dark. Wounds of Passion served as a method to review her life when it was written in 1997, as well as take stock of the positive changes and stunted growth she saw between individuals and in society. She will not be the first or last person to have a critical eye. If you want to read honest words, this is the book for you, keeping in mind memoirs are subjective.