And Other Essays

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Named a notable book of 2019 by the New York Times Book Review, Chicago Tribune, Time, and The Guardian

As featured by The Daily Show, NPR, PBS, CBC, Time, VIBE, Entertainment Weekly, Well-Read Black Girl, and Chris Hayes, "incisive, witty, and provocative essays" (Publishers Weekly) by one of the "most bracing thinkers on race, gender, and capitalism of our time" (Rebecca Traister)

"Thick is sure to become a classic." --The New York Times Book Review

In eight highly praised treatises on beauty, media, money, and more, Tressie McMillan Cottom--award-winning professor and acclaimed author of Lower Ed--is unapologetically "thick": deemed "thick where I should have been thin, more where I should have been less," McMillan Cottom refuses to shy away from blending the personal with the political, from bringing her full self and voice to the fore of her analytical work. Thick "transforms narrative moments into analyses of whiteness, black misogyny, and status-signaling as means of survival for black women" (Los Angeles Review of Books) with "writing that is as deft as it is amusing" (Darnell L. Moore).

This "transgressive, provocative, and brilliant" (Roxane Gay) collection cements McMillan Cottom's position as a public thinker capable of shedding new light on what the "personal essay" can do. She turns her chosen form into a showcase for her critical dexterity, investigating everything from Saturday Night Live, LinkedIn, and BBQ Becky to sexual violence, infant mortality, and Trump rallies.

Collected in an indispensable volume that speaks to the everywoman and the erudite alike, these unforgettable essays never fail to be "painfully honest and gloriously affirming" and hold "a mirror to your soul and to that of America" (Dorothy Roberts).

Publisher: New York : The New Press, 2019.
ISBN: 9781620974360
Branch Call Number: 305.48896073 Cot
Characteristics: xi, 244 pages ; 23 cm


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Mar 12, 2020

the blues on being a black female writer.

Dec 13, 2019

Globe best book 2019 - truthful, sharp and devastating

Oct 08, 2019

Such a good book: essays that remind me, again, how much I have to learn, how much I have not learned already because as a member of the dominant culture I have the privilege not to have to learn about non-dominant culture in order to survive. "... all preferences in imperial, industrialized societies are shaped by the economic system... "I just like what I like" is always a capitalist lie." "But if I believe that I can become beautiful, I become an economic subject. My desire becomes a market." Here is the function of make-over shows and articles. "How is it that we have laid bodies down in streets, challenged patriarchy in courts, bled for fair wages, and still inequalities exist? The easiest answer is that racism and sexism and class warfare are resilient and necessary for global capitalism." So how can we be effective regarding climate change, which is necessary for global capitalism? "In sociology, there are several theories about those who are born or socialized into two cultures at once. These people have been called liminal or marginal, for being suspended between two societies." This is written about Obama. But how do we define society? Is this not the situation of every gay person? Every woman? Every person who is in a non-dominant group living within dominant culture? I get very sad at some of the things I learn or am reminded of when I read books like Thick. A 2014 study of attitudes about black girls: the majority of respondents said that black girls need less protection and nurturing than white girls. How fucked up is that? How fucked up that people are willing to watch R.Kelly's video of sex with a child, and someone comments "Look at that body -- she almost ready." What is the name for this kind of depression? There is a term for eco depression. What is the term for sexism depression? For woman-hate depression? Racism depression?

I hope this makes you want to read the book.

Aug 21, 2019

Piercing, challenging, and passionate collection of essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom, a sociology professor and author of "Lower Ed," that touches on blackness, feminism, personal narratives, beauty, social media, and many other topics. This is the kind of book that we need right now.

RomanceAddict Jul 31, 2019

Review excerpt: "This is the type of writing that gives me what I think of as “complete cellular-level stillness.” You know that feeling when you’re listening to, reading, or watching something completely extraordinary, and your entire body goes still? Maybe you have scalp tingles or you’re covered in goosebumps, but you are entirely focused on not missing a thing because it’s freaking incredible? That’s my experience with this book of essays."

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