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Thick: And Other Essays (Paperback)

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In this nuanced collection, which manages to be both chatty and scholarly, professor and sociologist Tressie McMillan Cottom presents eight essays about whiteness, blackness, and the inherent structural violence (both gendered and racial) of the colonized world.   In these sweeping treatises, Cottom turns her lens on beauty, status symbols, health care, and code-switching, among others.  More academic than the title might suggest, these essays are scholarly but personal, prime examples of some of the best feminist ethnography work (think: Gloria Anzaldua, Ruth Behar, Imani Perry).  The essays are often funny, often moving -- and always fiercely intelligent, heartbreaking, enraging, and incisive.  Audie highly recommends.

— Audie

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FINALIST FOR THE 2019 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD

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).

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 Daily Show, the New York Times, the Washington Post, PBS, NPR, Fresh Air, and The Atlantic, among others. In 2020, McMillan Cottom was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. She lives in Richmond, Virginia.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781620975879
ISBN-10: 1620975874
Publisher: New Press
Publication Date: October 1st, 2019
Pages: 256
Language: English
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