Published by Harper Perennial on 5 Aug 2014
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First off I must say that this is a wonderful collection of essays, and the essays speak for themselves, they just need to be read. So I am going to keep this brief.
Topics range from a nostalgia for Sweet Valley High books and liking to sing along with women-degrading rap lyrics, to issues of racism and reproductive rights and how society, at times, fails both women and minority groups.
They are all told with a beautiful mix of candor and humor, which inspires us to to take both a critical look at society to try to make it a better place.
A collection of essays spanning politics, criticism, and feminism from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation, Roxane Gay.
“Pink is my favorite color. I used to say my favorite color was black to becool, but it is pink—all shades of pink. If I have an accessory, it is probably pink. I read Vogue, and I’m not doing it ironically, though it might seem that way. I once live-tweeted the September issue.”
In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman (Sweet Valley High) of color (The Help) while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years (Girls, Django in Chains) and commenting on the state of feminism today (abortion, Chris Brown). The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society, but also one of our culture.