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Belonging: A Culture of Place by bell hooks

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In 2004, bell hooks, a native of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, moved to Berea, Kentucky, from New York City, and established a part-time informal position with Berea College which later created a bell hooks Institute as a venue to preserve her legacy and to host programs. This 2009 book is mostly a contemplative memoir on the subject of belonging to a place and the author's odyssey from Kentucky to the West Coast to the East Coast and back to Kentucky again. Because she and Wendell Berry are Kentucky's two foremost public intellectuals, I particularly enjoyed the chapters that engaged his work, particularly The Hidden Wound, that addresses racism, and her visit to his farm.

New York: Routledge, 2009. 230 pages, trade paperback