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Books for April

Bone Black: Memories of Girlhood
by bell hooks

Sunday, March 29 at 6:30/5:30 am CT and 11:30/10:30 pm on KET2

In her foreword, bell hooks describes Bone Black as a "crazy quilt" that "brings together fragments to make a whole." Through this evocative, unconventional memoir, hooks invites the reader into the "secret world" of childhood and the "experiences, dreams, and fantasies that most preoccupied me as a girl."

Born in Hopkinsville in 1952, bell hooks—whose given name was Gloria Watkins—was one of six children. Early on, her family recognized that she was different, "a problem child, intent on getting her own way." Abused by her father, often scorned by her mother, she retreated into her imagination and into books.

hooks tells her story in 61 vignettes, some third person and some first, with no mention of place or time. Each illuminates a different aspect of the child's interior life as she responds to her often-hostile environment. As a whole, the stories reveal how hooks overcame racial and gender discrimination, poverty, and loneliness to forge her identity as one of the country's leading cultural critics.

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