All About Love

New Visions

Paperback, 239 pages

English language

Published Jan. 9, 2001 by Harper Paperbacks.

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4 stars (2 reviews)

All About Love: New Visions is a book by bell hooks published in 2000 that discusses aspects of love in modern society. Hooks combines personal anecdotes as well as psychological and philosophical ideas to develop and strengthen her argument. She focuses on romantic love and believes that in American culture men have been socialized to mistrust the value and power of love while women have been socialized to be loving in most situations – even when their need to receive love goes unmet.

6 editions

excellent positive tone and cultural critique

4 stars

Love is a willful act, to honestly commit and extend yourself to make others' conditions of growth your own. The ways our society portrays love as compatible with domination, selfishness, accumulation, and instant gratification make it harder to recognize and enact meaningful love, but we all have access to loving counter-narratives in community, friendships, religion, self-acceptance, etc.

My first hooks, a deeply well-read commentator pulling in a wide range of threads from 20c writing and her personal experiences.


  • Psychology
  • Love
  • Self-Help
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Love & Romance
  • Popular Culture - General
  • General
  • Feminist ethics