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Thick: And Other Essays | Tressie McMillan Cottom
Smart, humorous, and strikingly original thoughts on race, beauty, money, and more--by one of today's most intrepid public intellectuals Tressie McMillan Cottom, the writer, professor, and acclaimed author of Lower Ed, now brilliantly shifts gears from running regression analyses on college data to unleashing another identity: a purveyor of wit, wisdom--and of course Black Twitter snark--about all that is right and much that is so very wrong about this thing we call society. In the bestselling tradition of bell hooks and Roxane Gay, McMillan Cottom's freshman collection illuminates a particular trait of her tribe: being thick. In form, and in substance. This bold compendium, likely to find its place on shelves alongside Lindy West, Rebecca Solnit, and Maggie Nelson, dissects everything from beauty to Obama to pumpkin spice lattes. Yet Thick will also fill a void on those very shelves: a modern black American female voice waxing poetic on self and society, serving up a healthy portion of clever prose and southern aphorisms in a style uniquely her own. McMillan Cottom has crafted a black woman's cultural bible, as she mines for meaning in places many of us miss and reveals precisely how--when you're in the thick of it--the political, the social, and the personal are almost always one and the same.
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riversong153
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This made me feel seen on so many levels. I love that she writes in a readable way. She was told that she would not make it as an academic because her writing was "too readable" I beg to differ. It takes art and intellect to craft powerful messages in the simplest of terms that are accessible by the general public. I recommend this book for anyone interested in reading about black feminism and/or the black woman's experience in America.

wanderinglynn Sounds interesting! Stacked. 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘ve got to make time for this one and soon, I keep hearing such good things about it. 1mo
CarolynM How can "readable" be a bad thing? Stacked. 1mo
riversong153 @CarolynM Exactly! I guess they preferred her to use big “academicy” words so that the average person couldn‘t understand. Then, the academics can stay superior. 😩 1mo
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shaynarae
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Attn fans of Roxane Gay‘s and Keise Layman‘s essays: this book is for you. Cottom addresses race, gender, beauty, capitalism, class, etc in such a brilliant and provocative way that I had a hard time putting this book down. My only complaint is that I wanted more! #catsoflitsy

ShyBookOwl That's a good complaint to have 😊 1mo
shaynarae @ShyBookOwl Indeed it is! 😄📚 1mo
rretzler 🤣 1mo
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I had to skip so much of this because of the rampant ableism I‘m calling it a DNF. The audiobook quality was terrible; it sounds like she recorded underwater. The content (save for the ableism) was heartbreaking and necessary. I might pick this up as an ebook and try again.

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ness
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Now for something completely similar.

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dariazeoli
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Trashcanman How's Infinite Jest going? 2mo
Texreader Excellent quote 2mo
Hooked_on_books This book is fantastic. 2mo
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saresmoore Oof, that‘s real good. 2mo
Carolyn11215 Love that quote!! 2mo
dariazeoli @Trashcanman It‘s currently waiting for me to return to my bedroom, which has been taken over by Mom since she threw her back out a couple weeks ago 😐 2mo
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dariazeoli
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TGIF! Downloaded this one from #hoopla last night; I‘ve heard good things! Looking forward to my AM break so I can read an essay.

Poe Dameron wishes you all happy reading 😉

Hooked_on_books It‘s so good! 2mo
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Aimeesue
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Definitely a thought provoking book.

TieDyeDude Wow! That's a thinker... 2mo
Aimeesue @TieDyeDude Indeed. My brain is full now. It‘s gonna take some time to digest. 2mo
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Aimeesue
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Absolutely fantastic read.
#womenshistorymonth

Weaponxgirl That was super quick! It‘s a awesome book isn‘t it? 😁 2mo
Aimeesue @Weaponxgirl I was in the mood, it was available on Hoopla, and I had nothing else to do today, yay! I‘ve only read the first two essays, but I can already tell it‘s going to be one of those books that broaden the way I think about things. 🧐 2mo
Weaponxgirl @Aimeesue I love when that happens! And yea, this one has definitely got my brain swirling into overtime action. 2mo
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Weaponxgirl
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This is getting a lot of Litsy love and it is well deserved.
It‘s a short book but it took me a little while just because the author is so damn good and sometimes I just put it down to think.
A collection to be savoured rather than devoured in one setting.

SW-T Great description 😊 I kept rereading passages and pondering what I‘d just read, then reading it again. 2mo
Weaponxgirl @SW-T thanks 😊 sometimes I‘ll look at a book and think I‘ll be finished in no time and then when you get reading it‘s like ahh my brain is gonna have to work overtime to process this one. 2mo
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Weaponxgirl
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This essay the price of fabulousness is amazing!
All these essays are amazing but this one in particular is resonating

Aimeesue YES! 2mo
Aimeesue And it‘s available on Hoopla. Yay! Cuz I have spent all my book money for this month already. 😁 2mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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It‘s Friday #bookmail for me. I just rejoined #BOTM and used a lot of restraint my first month back. Or not. Starting Daisy this weekend!

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In this phenomenal essay collection, Cottom delves into racism, race, sexism, and the reality of life as a black woman. She informs her essays with both lived experience and her knowledge as a sociologist. I really dig essays and this is one of the best collections I‘ve ever read. It‘s a #botm extra, so do yourself a favor and drop it in your next box.

SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime was just looking at this at the library yesterday, may have to get it next time now 🙂 3mo
Hooked_on_books @SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime Yes, do! I cannot recommend it enough. 3mo
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Tameeka
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“What I remember most about the whole ordeal...is how nothing about who I was in any other context mattered to the assumptions of my incompetence...All of my status characteristics screamed ‘competent‘, but nothing could shut down what my blackness screams when I walk into the room.”
#blacklitsy

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KatieDid927
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Excellence. #BotM

TheBookHippie I wondered about this one! I‘ve had it in my to add on waiting! 3mo
KatieDid927 @TheBookHippie I liked it! She‘s been compared to Roxane Gay but her style is a lot more academic. Be prepared to check your white fragility at the door though, because she does not hold back. 3mo
TheBookHippie @KatieDid927 Ha -No problem there -a child asked me this week Miss Christine, are you sure you‘re white ??? “ 3mo
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TheBookDream
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Reading before heading next door for My Fair Lady! #pusheen

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suzisteffen
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Powerful, often heartbreaking, clear-eyed analysis. I highlighted, took notes (the *), nodded, and otherwise pretty much adored this book. I had read a lot of the essays in other forms before, but as Dr. Cottom notes, she revised & rewrote them for publication now. I also took a lot of notes on books I want to read from the end of notes and bibliography. #Sociology #Politics #BlackLivesMatter

suzisteffen Yes, I took notes on the notes. Also! #essays 3mo
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suzisteffen
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“If there is any difference, it is that I try really hard not to write dumb things. I cannot speak for Mr. Brooks.”

Oh SNAP. (“Mr. Brooks” is David Brooks, NYT columnist, whose 2017 column on getting sandwiches at delis in Manhattan she just took DOWN in this final essay in the book, “Girl 6.”) #essays #sociology #journalism

SW-T I‘d read Brooks‘ essay previously so I really LOLd at that part 😂 4mo
suzisteffen @SW-T Me too! And I snarked about it on Twitter and Facebook, but I really loved her entire essay about it (Girl 6). Such a great book! 4mo
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razmanda
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Tressie McMillan Cottom is such a compelling author. I read this one way too fast and will read it again and again, I‘m sure. Each essay has line after line of insight, to the point where highlighting or underlining would be fruitless as entire pages would be marked. Excellent first book of my #readingblackout and alternative to watching the state of the union.

Megabooks It is a fantastic book! 4mo
WhatDeeReads This was one of those that made me say, “ this book I‘m reading says...” a lot. 4mo
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razmanda
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Not watching the state of the union. No point in indulging a dangerous despot. Instead, spending that time with this beauty.

Emilymdxn A much better thing to be spending time with for definite 💖 4mo
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razmanda
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Yessss! So excited for #bookmail! Reading Thick first as part of my #readingblackout.

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suzisteffen
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“How is it that we have laid bodies down in the streets, challenged patriarchy in court, bled for fair wages, and still inequalities persist?” - Tressie McMillan Cottom

INDEED.

TrishB Beats me. 4mo
suzisteffen @TrishB She answers herself, or rather answers how sociologist study this question, in the next paragraph, but I thought it was such a good quote. 4mo
julesG A book for you, @GingerAntics? 4mo
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suzisteffen
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“They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and that ugly is as ugly does. Both are lies. Ugly is everything done to you in the name of beauty.
“Knowing the difference is part of getting free.”

😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

*pic is Mona Hatoum, “Hot Spot,” 2013, taken at the Pompidou in September 2015

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suzisteffen
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Ahhhh this essay is tremendous and I keep highlighting everything.

“Beauty can never be about preference. ‘I just like what I like‘ is always a capitalist lie. Beauty would be a useless concept for capital if it were only a preference in the purest sense. Capital demands that beauty be coercive.” 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 #essays

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suzisteffen
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Good line from the first essay: “My thinking is not fixed in time and hopefully never will be.” 😍

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suzisteffen
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I‘ve been reading Dr. Cottom on Twitter for years (& I own, but haven‘t read, Lower Ed). I love her clear-eyed and thoughtful analysis even in Twitter, and I am so excited to read her #essays!

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SW-T
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Parts of this will scrape your insides raw. Parts of it will make you angry, and some of it will just be maddening. I would like to tell the young women at the college that they completely missed the point. I‘d like to shake some common sense and compassion into the nurse. She had enough trauma without those insensitive comments. A reminder that we need to do better in so many ways. Not preachy, but very thought provoking.

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SW-T
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So much to think about with this one.

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WhatDeeReads
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I have been working my way slowly through this essay collection. I knew it would be rough. So much necessary information in it. I‘m glad I read it. Will definitely need to re-read to make sure I got it all.

theshrinkette It's next on my TBR! 4mo
WhatDeeReads @theshrinkette you‘ll love it. It‘s perfect for leaning into the pain. 4mo
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SW-T
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I feel like this is a love it or leave it for me, but only because I think it‘s gonna make me cry, get mad, and then cry some more, and the news does that already.

abbielistenstobooks That looks/sounds like a really difficult read. But I think I want to read it! 4mo
TrishB Stacked 👍🏻 for when it goes down in price as it‘s very expensive here! 4mo
SW-T @TrishB I found it on Hoopla! 4mo
SW-T @abbielistenstobooks It was very difficult in a couple spots but I‘m glad I read it 😊 4mo
abbielistenstobooks Okay I'll put it on my list! Thanks 4mo
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mdemanatee
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I‘m not saying I am not sneaking pages at the bar at a friend of a friend‘s bday.

rather_be_reading 🤣🤣🤣 4mo
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ohyeahthatgirl
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I filled 5 pages of my reading log with quotes from this book. It's the perfect blend of academic and personal about beauty, sexual assault, class, and race. I also found some great recommendations in the works she cited.

readordierachel Awesome notebook! 4mo
Linsy Love that cover! 4mo
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Megabooks
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Wow. Just wow. Highly recommend this book to anyone interested in intersectional feminism or race in America. One thing, I was vaguely aware of is the black-black, immigrant-black distinction, but this book really drove home to me how many different Americas there are. 4⭐️

Her essay on being pregnant was devastating. May be a TW for some. 💕

Available on #hoopla

Megabooks Forgot to include #somethingyouwerentlookingfor #nonfiction2019 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Just came across it on hoopla! So glad I did. I think you‘d like it, Melissa. 👍🏻 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa It‘s on my ever growing to read list, I‘ll have to try to move it up further!! 4mo
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Megabooks
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I‘m really thankful that #hoopla had these books. I‘m especially enjoying Thick. It‘s making me think a lot. I feel I have so much to learn about intersectional feminism.

Small Fry is fine. So far I‘m not super invested.

Still on a nonfiction kick. I have 7 more checkouts on hoopla if anyone has suggestions!!

The only thing I don‘t like is that you can‘t do a horizontal orientation on hoopla. 👎🏻👎🏻

Cinfhen I checked out Small Fry from Hoopla too but it expired before I could listen. I‘m out of requests for now🙄 4mo
Megabooks @Lindy That‘s a good idea! I tried the audiobook but I couldn‘t get into it. I should try print. Thanks! 4mo
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Megabooks @Cinfhen I thought about tagging you because I know you use hoopla a lot. At least it‘s near the end of the month! 4mo
mdemanatee Ooohhh! Thanks for the heads up that Thick was added to Hoopla! 4mo
Emilymdxn I read three standout nonfiction books last year I‘ll tag them in the comments 4mo
Megabooks @mdemanatee No problem! 4mo
Megabooks @Emilymdxn Thank you! I know my library has The Beauty Myth, but I‘ll have to check on the others! 👍🏻 4mo
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bookwrm526
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So much to think about and process. It‘s been a while since I read a sociological/anthropological ethnography so it took a bit to sink into, but once I did it really blew me away. This is my book published in 2019 for #popsugarreadingchallenge accompanied by a glamour shot of my child relaxing in the sun #catsoflitsy

AmyG Stunning cat! 4mo
bookwrm526 @AmyG thanks :) don‘t tell him that, though lol he has a big enough head already 4mo
Bookzombie 💕🐱 4mo
heikemarie Those eyes 😻 4mo
Gissy Those eyes! 😻 4mo
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Weaponxgirl
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Seen this a little on Litsy and just a heads up that it‘s available on #scribd in the uk. May dive into this very soon. #scribdpicks

ohyeahthatgirl I'm only 27 pgs in and I've underlined several quotes. 4mo
RebeccaH It‘s SO good. 4mo
Weaponxgirl @ohyeahthatgirl @RebeccaH I‘m really looking forward to reading it. 4mo
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misslisha3
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I needed this book.

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I really enjoyed these essays, I loved the essay about “Thick” and its many senses. I loved the essay about beauty and the commoditization of it. Each essay was eye-opening especially in recognizing my own privilege that others don‘t have. It was deeply personal to her and it really added weight, made it truly thick!

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mastadge
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Laying it on thick and heavy.

TheSpineView Welcome to Litsy!💖📚 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!!! 4mo
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greenhairdontcare Welcome to Litsy! 💚 4mo
ProfReader Welcome to Litsy!! 4mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌺 4mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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IT‘S HERE!!!

This amazing collection of essays is out this week!!!

https://wellreadneck.wordpress.com/2019/01/08/thick-tressie-mcmillan-cottom/

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Well-ReadNeck
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Holy TBR! So many great books are on the horizon this year. Here‘s a list of 19 that I‘m looking forward to in 2019!

https://wellreadneck.wordpress.com/2019/01/04/19-books-coming-in-2019/

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RebeccaH
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My favorite essay collections I read this year, all out except for THICK, which will be published in early January.

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Well-ReadNeck
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This collection of essays by Sociology Professor Tressie McMillan Cottom discuss her experiences as a black American woman with the rawness and vunerability of her first person stories strongly backed by her academic training. Cottom focuses in on very specific experiences and extrapolates how the nuances of her experiences has wide-ranging implications. My favorites were “Dying to be Competent” and “Black Is Over (Or, Special Black)”
#netgalley

myers85 Good detailed review 😊 5mo
RebeccaH I LOVED this book. Can‘t wait for it to come out. 5mo
mrozzz Dying to get my hands on this! 5mo
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TheNextBook
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Thick is the best way to describe this book. Cottom dives right in and discusses topics relvant to this time and all through the lens of being a Black woman. Issues regarding the way Black woman are perceived and exist in the world. I enjoyed it. It resonates. Thank you Netgalley for this ARC in exhange for an honest review.

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TheNextBook
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I am one essay in right now and already hooked. #arc

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