Thick: And Other Essays (Paperback)

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THICK is a collection of witty, real, and relatable essays about life as a THICK Black woman in America. The word thick becomes both a physical descriptor and a way of living. To be thick is to take up space in a world that wants to ignore and belittle you. This book is a reminder for black women to keep our heads up because to be a THICK black woman is to exist without anyone's approval or comfort.

— Amani


Enviable Sales Track: nearly 20,000 copies sold in hardcover and over 4,200 e-books.

Expanding media profile: author has 88,000 Twitter followers; she co-hosts a popular podcast, Hear to Slay, with bestselling author Roxane Gay featuring celebrity interviews with Gabrielle Union, Stacey Abrams, and others; All In with Chris Hayes guest expert on college admissions scandal; author's guest-host interview of Trevor Noah on WNYC's Death, Sex, and Money was widely circulated and praised.

Excellent Publicity for Previous Books: Thick and Lower Ed were reviewed in the New York Times Book Review; the first edition of Thick was serialized in Time, reviewed by LARB, WBUR, San Francisco Chronicle, Book Riot, Chicago Tribune, BuzzFeed, The Millions, and was the March 2019 Well-Read Black Girl pick; author has been interviewed on The Daily Show, multiple NPR shows, Amanpour & Company, WITH (Chris Hayes), Slate, and iHeart Radio, among other radio shows and podcasts.

Academic celebrity: The American Sociological Association has awarded her the 2019 Doris Entwisle Early Career Award.

Political firebrand: Her congressional testimony, for which she was invited and questioned by Elizabeth Warren, has been heavily publicized.

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