Eight piercing explorations on beauty, media, money, and more
Product Code: 6910
ISBN: 9781620974360
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The New Press
Published Date: 01/08/2019
Pages: 224
Availability:In stock
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Price: $24.99

Tressie McMillan Cottom embraces her venerated role as a purveyor of wit, wisdom, and Black Twitter snark about all that is right and much that is wrong with this thing we call society.

Ideas and identity fuse effortlessly in this vibrant collection that on bookshelves is just as at home alongside Rebecca Solnit and bell hooks as it is beside Jeff Chang and Janet Mock. It also fills an important void on those very shelves: a modern black American feminist voice waxing poetic on self and society, serving up a healthy portion of clever prose and southern aphorisms as she covers everything from Saturday Night Live, LinkedIn, and BBQ Becky to sexual violence, infant mortality, and Trump rallies. Thick speaks fearlessly to a range of topics and is far more genre-bending than a typical compendium of personal essays.

An intrepid intellectual force hailed by the likes of Trevor Noah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Oprah, Tressie McMillan Cottom is “among America’s most bracing thinkers on race, gender, and capitalism of our time” (Rebecca Traister). This stunning debut collection—in all its intersectional glory—mines for meaning in places many of us miss, and reveals precisely how the political, the social, and the personal are almost always one and the same.


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Contents

Thick
In the Name of Beauty
Dying to Be Competent
Know Your Whites
Black is Over (Or, Special Black)
The Price of Fabulousness
Black Girlhood, Interrupted
Girl

Acknowledgments
Notes

“To say this collection is transgressive, provocative, and brilliant is simply to tell you the truth.” —Roxane Gay

Thick is sure to become a classic of black intellectualism, one that ought to be read not only in African-American and gender studies departments across the country, although its lens is irrefutably and irresistibly black and feminist. It should be required reading for anyone interested in making ‘trust black women’ more than a hollow social media mantra.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Cottom’s intersectionality is merely the work of a writer seeing the world clearly and deeply, and connecting the dots in fresh and revealing ways.” —Chicago Tribune

“Incisive, witty, and provocative essays. . . . The collection showcases McMillan Cottom’s wisdom and originality and amply fulfills her aim of telling powerful stories that become a problem for power.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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