Thick: And Other Essays

Thick: And Other Essays

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 Tw Smart, humorous, and strikingly original thoughts on race, beauty, money, and more?by one of today's most intre...

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Title:Thick: And Other Essays
Author:Tressie McMillan Cottom
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Number of Pages:224 pages pages

Thick: And Other Essays Reviews

  • Roxane
    Sep 17, 2018
    Tressie McMillan Cottom?s essay collection Thick: And Other Essays, is thick in every sense of the word. This book is thick with wit and depth and intelligence as McMillan Cottom tackles black womanhood, contextualizing whiteness, beauty in a capitalist society, class mobility and mu...
  • Catherine
    Jan 15, 2019
    "In The Name of Beauty" is the second essay in Tressie McMillan Cottom's book Thick, and it is a tour de force. The piece lays bare the white supremacist roots of the very idea of beauty and who can qualify as beautiful, and strips away the artifice from a thousand bloggers who would i...
  • Anna
    Mar 08, 2019
    Read it. ...
  • Lyra
    Feb 04, 2019
    This is so good, so expertly crafted, the thinking so clear and deep, with so many layers of insight and implication, that I?m not sure I fully understood all of it in a first read. I cannot stress strongly enough the importance of Cottom?s collection, her brain is like a heat seek...
  • Ana
    Jan 12, 2019
    My primary interest in requesting and reading this book was that I felt it might improve my understanding of the black female experience in the U.S., as I am always on the look for the type of works that combine personal narrative and scholarly insight, where the writer will always try...
  • Thomas
    Jan 28, 2019
    Without a doubt the best book I have read in 2019 thus far, Thick: And Other Essays is thick with wit, intelligence, and an assured self-awareness. Tressie McMillan Cottom addresses many topics within the realm of black womanhood, including beauty standards and whiteness, ethnic differ...
  • Cathi
    Mar 14, 2019
    So, so good. The rumor that she and Roxane Gay are developing a podcast helps me fall asleep with a smile on my face every night. I know I'll be thinking about the essays for a long time, and one of the most resonant threads throughout is the commodification of *everything*. I hope ...
  • Shannon
    Jan 04, 2019
    I'm a graduate student at the university where Tressie McMillan Cottom teaches and I'm forever sad that I couldn't squeeze in a class with her. This book is a treasure. It's written in an amazing voice that captures the depth and pain of her experiences with honesty and an incredible a...
  • Sarah
    Jan 04, 2019
    New release! Out today! Thank you to New Press for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. This is such a great essay collection to start off the new year. I'm a longtime fan of Tressie McMillan Cottom's work, particularly on higher education, and this collection does...
  • Jaclyn (sixminutesforme)
    Jan 28, 2019
    ?No one can speak to a singular black experience, not even me. Especially not me. Rejecting that belief does not free me, but it goes a long way toward being authentic.? This essay collection was electric, engaging, and incredibly compelling! The balance of anecdotes and persona...
  • Valerity (Val)
    Jan 04, 2019
    DNF at 26% I tried repeatedly to get into this book, but its just not my usual kind of book, although a good one, not for me. I have a sleep disorder that knocks me right out if I don't find something gripping, and even on some that I do, so I have to save my reading time for books tha...
  • Shirleen R
    Mar 07, 2019
    Read this book. Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom's essay collection surpassed my expectations. If you've followed her Twitter feed, or even her earlier blogs on Tumblr, back in her Emory graduate student days, I guarantee Thick: And Other Essays is worth the read still. She did not rehash...
  • Allison
    Dec 02, 2018
    THICK is going to be one of the first best essay collections of 2019. Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom is an academic, sociology and prominent writer. I learned a lot from these essays, ranging from her experience as a Black woman academic, personal essays, opinion writing & gatekeepers...
  • Krystal
    Nov 04, 2018
    This collection of essays is quite simply unadulterated brilliance, but I have come to expect no less from Tressie McMillan Cottom! While reading these, I managed to both laugh and cry as this Black woman academic delved into experiences that bore similarities to my own as a woman of c...
  • chantel nouseforaname
    Jan 27, 2019
    Yooooooo Tressie! Tressie! Tressie! SIS!!! SISSSSS! This whole book rocked my entire world and like just got all up in my feelings and my mind and honestly, it just hit me like a ton of bricks. There's so much important stuff here. I'm going to buy a copy for my sister-in-law; beca...
  • Stacie C
    Dec 12, 2018
    Thick. If that isn?t an apt title for this collection than I don?t know what is, because this is a thick book. Not thick in the amount of pages, but absolutely full of relevant and necessary information. It isn?t curing cancer or solving climate change. But it is giving a voic...
  • Susie Dumond
    Jan 14, 2019
    This short essay collection gives you a lot to chew on. Dr. McMillan Cottom approaches familiar topics from an incredibly unique and astute perspective. I love the way she sets up each topic and argument. Silly think pieces, Miley Cyrus, and dismissive doctors become so much more under...
  • Camryn
    Jan 23, 2019
    I LOVED THIS. Tressie is my new favorite. ...
  • Leta Fincher
    Jan 19, 2019
    This book is full of brilliance, wisdom and humor. I tore through it in a few short hours and copiously underlined it. Highly recommended. ...
  • Rita
    Dec 14, 2018
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review from the publisher, via NetGalley. All views are my own. I have a thing for memoirs and essay collections written by black women. And while this was metaphorically one of the thickest (or most dense) memoirs I've read, I adored...
  • Sonya
    Feb 19, 2019
    THICK: AND OTHER ESSAYS was one of my most anticipated reads of 2019. And it lived up to that and so much more. I highly, highly recommend this essay collection. The eight essays Tressie McMillan Cottom writes are grounded in her personal experiences, research and data drawn from he...
  • Deanna
    Jan 23, 2019
    I?m a former student of Dr. Cottom, and she is unsurprisingly just as striking and powerful of an author as she is a professor. Some of the essays (?Dying to be Competent,? ?Black Girlhood Interrupted?) I really had to sit with ? they took me some time to properly process d...
  • Hannah
    Jan 26, 2019
    Thick is a non-fiction book that straddles the line between academic writing and memoir - something I personally really happen to enjoy. Here McMillan Cottom writes on a variety of topics, often with anecdotal evidence centered into her more academic musings. This book both suffers ...
  • Shyiesha
    Feb 06, 2019
    So good! I don't know where to begin. It made me think and question what I thought I already knew. For instance, the author talks about how black bodies are not valued in society (this is something I already knew) and what black people do to maneuver this unfortunate reality. What we d...
  • Never Without a Book™
    Dec 15, 2018
    This is one you will want to read. Highly recommended you do. ...
  • Nancy
    Feb 15, 2019
    Finished: 15.02.2019 Genre: personal essays Rating: A++++++++ Conclusion: Carefully observed... Prose that moves like a cheetah... Wise illuminating thoughts... Excellent book by Tressie McMillian Cottom ...that everyone should read! pg 103: "To know our whites is to surviv...
  • Morgan ***Books and Bougie***
    Feb 20, 2019
    I've always believed that knowledge is power and Blackness is something that can never be over-learned. You cannot possibly know everything about the topic of being Black and that is what this series of essays taught me. Having so much of the book based out of my state (North Caro...
  • Mara
    Jan 07, 2019
    I really love the content of this personal essay collection, and would definitely recommend it as a book to check for those who love ELOQUENT RAGE by Brittney Cooper or THIS WILL BE MY UNDOING by Morgan Jenkins. That said, something about the authorial voice didn't quite turn all the w...
  • Melissa
    Feb 04, 2019
    Tressie McMillan Cottom?s writing is addictive. She pulls you in with her wit, candor, and intelligence. Her insights on whiteness, beauty, and black feminism are brilliant. This is a must read for all. ...
  • Talia
    Mar 10, 2019
    I absolutely loved this and highly recommend it! I loved how sociological theory was embedded in the essays in such an accessible way. It was thought-provoking, engaging, and really just a joy to read. McMillan Cottom touched on a number of issues I care deeply about and spend a lot of...