Thick: And Other Essays (Hardcover)

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Seamlessly interweaving critical theory with contemporary sociopolitical and pop culture commentary, Tressie McMillan Cottom's debut collection of essays is an invaluable and incisive exploration of race, gender, and class that is firmly rooted in our current political moment. With essays that quote Foucault and Migos on the same page, Cottom's essays are both accessible and rigorous. I came away from this collection with a wonderful sense of anticipation; Cottom's work shows that she is an essential writer and thinker for our times—one who we should continue listening to and learning from. -Jacob

— From Spring Booknotes 2019


Recommended by the New York Times Book Review, the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Entertainment Weekly, Bustle, Book Riot, BuzzFeed, BUST, theGrio, Lit Hub, The Millions, and Well-Read Black Girl

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

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.

About the Author

Tressie McMillan Cottom is an assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her work has been featured by the Washington Post, NPR's Fresh Air, The Daily Show, the New York Times, Slate, and The Atlantic, among others. She lives in Richmond, Virginia
Product Details
ISBN: 9781620974360
ISBN-10: 1620974363
Publisher: New Press
Publication Date: January 8th, 2019
Pages: 224
Language: English