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Bitch Is the New Black : A Memoir (Hardcover)

Author: Andrews, Helena

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"Bitch Is the New Black is an authentic, fresh exploration of what it is to be young, black, and single right now---from a voice both outrageously funny and heartbreakingly honest."---"Shonda Rhimes, Creator of Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice

"I didn't like this book. I loved it. It gave me the courage to admit that I slept with it and pretended it was my husband since statistics say I will probably be a spinster. I'm giving copies to all of my girlfreiends who have crazy families, love lives that revolve around IM, and, of course, I'm pretending I helped Helena write it."---Angela Nissel, Author of Mixed and the Broke Diaries

"The scathingly witty author examines a wide variety of topics that, beneath the jokes and sarcasm, address weighty issues (depression, aging, abortion) with wry astuteness.... An irreverent, savvy, and sharp memoir."---Kirkus Reviews

When Helena Andrews heard this declaration on Saturday Night Live, her first reaction was How daaare you? But after a commercial break and some thought, she decided to poke at the stereotype that says "successful" and "bitch" are synonyms. Unafraid and frank, she comes to realize that being a bitch is sometimes the best way to be---except, of course, when it's not.

Bitch Is the New Black follows Andrews---sexy, single, and a self-described smart-ass---on her trip from kidnapped daughter of a lesbian to Washington, D. C., political reporter who can't remember a single senator's name. Told in Andrews's singular voice, this addictive memoir explores the roller coaster of being educated and single while trying to become an "actual adult" and find love.

In these candid yet heartfelt essays, she chronicles that ride from beginning to end: a childhood spent on an all-white island, escaping via episodes of The Cosby Show; being set up with Obama's "body guy" Reggie Love by Maureen Dowd; and the shocking suicide of a best friend. Through it all, Andrews and her gang of girl-friends urge each other to "keep it moving." But no one can stay strong all the time---not even the women we believe do so without trying.

As Andrews says, "Despite the fact that the most recognizable woman in the United States is black, popular culture still hasn't moved past the only adjective apparently meant to describe us---'strong.'" She is also flawed, tired, naive, greedy, gutsy, frightened, and kind: secret sides that come out in honest detail here.


Publisher Harpercollins
Mfg Part# 9780061778827
SKU 212585629
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0061778826
Release Date 6/1/2010
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0244
Publisher Harper
$41.96 + $4.24 shipping
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