When Sisters of the Yam: Black Women and Self-Recovery by bell hooks was originally released in 1994, it won critical praise and solidified bell hooks’ reputation as one of the leading public intellectuals of her generation. Today, the book is considered a classic in African American and feminist circles.
In Sisters of the Yam, hooks examines how the emotional health of black women is wounded by daily assaults of racism and sexism. Exploring such central issues as work, beauty, trauma, addiction, eroticism, and estrangement from nature, hooks shares numerous strategies for self-recovery and healing. She also shows how black women can empower themselves and effectively struggle against racism, sexism, and consumer capitalism.
As hooks’ first book on psychological concerns, Sisters of the Yam paved the way for her more recent and popular writing on love, relationships, and community. This edition includes a new introduction and several expanded chapters.
Praise for Sisters of the Yam
“bell hooks writes from the depths of experience, reaching arms around to embrace and guide Black women to forsake the path of illness, to move from despair and dis9ease), to step into the light of their own truth and forgiveness. Sisters of the Yam is a Wellness Bible for Black Women, a true gift from one righteous sister to the rest of us.” –Opal Palmer Adisa
“This is a wonderful book, filled with hook’s love and encouragement.” –Alice Walker
“Because she is a keen observer, a precise thinker, an honest healer, I can still pick up this book – a decade after it was first published – and find words which speak directly to where I am in life. And in that discovery, there too are the practical and non-judgmental solutions hooks always offers her readers. bell hooks work is simply put, life-saving.” –Asha Bandele