Thick: And Other Essays

Thick: And Other Essays

by Tressie McMillan Cottom


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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).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620975879
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 10/01/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 30,655
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Tressie McMillan Cottom is an assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University and the author of Lower Ed. Her work has been featured by the The Daily Show, the New York Times, the Washington Post, PBS, NPR, Fresh Air, and The Atlantic, among others. She lives in Richmond, Virginia.

Table of Contents

Thick 1

In the Name of Beauty 33

Dying to Be Competent 73

Know Your Whites 99

Black Is Over (Or, Special Black) 127

The Price of Fabulousness 153

Black Girlhood, Interrupted 171

Girl 6 195

Acknowledgments 225

Notes 229

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Thick: And Other Essays 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
DoomKittieKhan 8 days ago
Tressie McMillan Cottom's collection of essays is thought-provoking, witty, sharp, and above all else - critical of the status quo. Broad in scope, the essays contained within 'Thick' cover topics such as black girlhood, what it means to be a certain kind of Black in America, body politics, the capitalization of beauty, economic inequality, white feminism, and black female representation. Read the collection as a whole, or sample it out for discussion points. These are accessible and highly readable works. I cannot recommend this collection highly enough. Tressie McMillan Cottom is a public intellectual for our times that will leave you with a lot to consider.
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This is a brilliant collection of essays! It it thoughtful and thought-provoking and so necessary. This is an important and diverse book. I thoroughly enjoyed and am excited to see more collections like this,