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Summer Reading 2019: The Will to Change

Here's why Ben suggests The Will to Change...

I want to read this book because it's about what I've found to be true for myself: that playing the role of a man can get in the way of developing rich, heartfelt relationships with others and with one's inner life. And I have no doubt that bell hooks will have some words of wisdom on this.

About the book

The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love

By bell hooks

Everyone needs to love and be loved -- even men. But to know love, men must be able to look at the ways that patriarchal culture keeps them from knowing themselves, from being in touch with their feelings, from loving. In The Will to Change, bell hooks gets to the heart of the matter and shows men how to express the emotions that are a fundamental part of who they are -- whatever their age, marital status, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. With trademark candor and fierce intelligence, hooks addresses the most common concerns of men, such as fear of intimacy and loss of their patriarchal place in society, in new and challenging ways. She believes men can find the way to spiritual unity by getting back in touch with the emotionally open part of themselves -- and lay claim to the rich and rewarding inner lives that have historically been the exclusive province of women. A brave and astonishing work, The Will to Change is designed to help men reclaim the best part of themselves. -Goodreads

About the reader

  Ben Slater, English

Ben previously reccommended

  • The Beautiful Struggle by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
  • Siddartha by Herman Hesse
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates