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Thick

And Other Essays
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2019 Tressie McMillan Cottom (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"To listen to sociologist Tressie McMillan Cottom narrate her prose confirms that no other narrator could do better.... As narrator, Cottom is a divine spinner of tales who knows the right amount of sarcasm to add to certain words. She also knows the right words to express her points and delivers them in such a hypnotic rhythm that one does not want to stop listening." (AudioFile Magazine)

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  • Cinnabun
  • 15-03-2019

Giving voice to the voiceless

I loved this book. The author gives voice to the voiceless while finding her own. It's for all the Black women who struggle with being "too much" for everybody while just being a human being.

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  • Keith Wilson
  • 13-06-2019

Heart and Soul

as a white woman reading this collection of essays at the suggestion of a black male friend, I can't figure out where to start with how wonderfully written and poignant that's book is for all people regardless of race, nationality, gender, sexuality, etc. It shows so clearly some of the places where we keep getting things wrong in this country. Definitely a book in order to digest all that is spoken about.

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  • Emily Olds
  • 02-06-2019

Not too anything-- just right.

In the first essay in this collection, Tressie McMillan Cottom says that a publisher once told her she was "too readable to be academic, too deep to be popular, too country Black to be literary, and too naive to show the rigor of [her] thinking and the complexity of [her] prose." And yet, this is everything I loved about "Thick." Cottom is wickedly intelligent, and yet her prose is down-to-earth and highly readable. Listening to this just after finishing "Backlash" was perfect-- listening to George Yancy was like listening to....well, a philosophy professor. Listening to Tressie Cottom was like listening to a friend who makes you laugh and calls it like she sees it, and who also happens to be a brilliant and incisive intellectual. This has always been my favorite combination-- the way Walt Whitman writes about deeply philosophical issues with common, Anglo-Saxon language. or the way my favorite professor in grad school would blow me away with intellectual discussions about history and culture and then write "Boffo!" in the margins of my paper. Cottom writes about European beauty standards and how they impact Black women, the trap of wanting to be seen as competent, how Black people "know their whites," Black female sexuality and how men wield control over it, why there are no full-time Black female writers in major newspapers (and yet David Brooks can write about deli meat) , and much more. Most importantly, she give voice to issues that Black women understand and experience and that the rest of us should pay attention to. This and "Heavy" are by far my favorite books so far this year.

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  • Ro
  • 18-05-2019

Intelligent and Thought provoking

This was a very well written piece. The author's voice is clear and her essays are to the point and tough. I found myself challenged to think of what she was saying. I laughed, I cried and I shook my head multiple times through this book. I will look for more of her work.

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  • Dana L. Schleider
  • 14-05-2019

want to see the world better? buy this!!!

I learned a boatload. well worth the price!! this book will make u understand people better.

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  • Lemart
  • 08-05-2019

Outstanding

There isn’t enough space to comment on what I gained from this book. Honestly, I had never heard of her before. But I’m now a fan. She addresses issues regarding race, gender and economics with an honesty that I enjoy reading. There are a only handful of writers that can cover topics like this. She definitely has the insight. And I’m glad she’s willing to share it.

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  • CMJG10
  • 03-05-2019

A must read!

Describes, Analyses and Dissects the Black female experience. I felt so seen, heard and challenged! Get it! You'll be glad!

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  • BIGMAC
  • 30-04-2019

It was a good book. I learned and verified a few

things. I enjoyed the author. I look forward to reading more of her work. Yes

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  • OlaOmi
  • 27-04-2019

riveting

a sociological gold mine! every word was necessary, enlightening and deeply empowering. bravo to the author

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  • Alicia J. Armstrong
  • 21-04-2019

Enjoyed

This audible was very insightful and entertaining. I love that the author is the narrator.