2019 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST
Recommended by the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Entertainment Weekly, Bustle, Book Riot, BuzzFeed, Bust, LitHub, The Millions, HelloGiggles, and UrbanDaddy
“The author you need to read now.” (Chicago Tribune)
“To say this collection is transgressive, provocative, and brilliant is simply to tell you the truth.” (Roxane Gay, author of Hunger and Bad Feminist)
Smart, humorous, and strikingly original essays by one of “America's most bracing thinkers on race, gender, and capitalism of our time.” (Rebecca Traister)
In these eight piercing explorations on beauty, media, money, and more, Tressie McMillan Cottom - award-winning professor and acclaimed author of Lower Ed - 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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About the Author
Tressie McMillan Cottom is an associate 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
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
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.
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,