Excerpt from Sister Ray Seeks Salvation

It was all pretense. She knew it. He knew it. She could feel he knew it by the deep unhappy look of utter withdrawal she would catch in his eye, just at the moment when he would begin a hearty laughter-filled conversation with someone. It was high school all over again. Ray went to the party because she knew he would be there. He would be there because the party was for him celebrating his birthday. Although she wanted him to notice her, she had not bothered to dress up. She wore a faded purple sweatshirt over a long sleeved pink T-shirt and another lavender colored T-shirt could be seen sticking out from the top. She wore her glasses, old blue jeans. She wanted him to notice her but she wanted not to care at the same time.

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bell hooks (née Gloria Jean Watkins) is among the leading public intellectuals of her generation. Her writings cover a broad range of topics including gender, race, teaching, and contemporary culture across the literary genres and include the seminal Ain’t I a Woman? Black Women and Feminism and, more recently, Appalachian Elegy: Poetry and Place. She has taught at Yale University, Oberlin College, and the City University of New York, and has served as Distinguished Professor in Residence in Appalachian Studies at Berea College since 2004.

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