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One of Book Riot's "The Best Books We Read in October 2018""To say this collection is transgressive, provocative, and brilliant is simply to tell you the truth." - Roxane Gay, author of Hunger and Bad FeministSmart, humorous, and strikingly original essays by one of "America's most bracing thinkers on race, gender, and capitalism of our time" (Rebecca Traister) In these eight piercing explorations on beauty, media, money, and more, Tressie McMillan Cottom - award-winning professor and acclaimed author of Lower Ed - embraces her venerated role as a purveyor of wit, wisdom, and Black Twitter snark about all that is right and much that is wrong with this thing we call society. Ideas and identity fuse effortlessly in this vibrant collection that on bookshelves is just as at home alongside Rebecca Solnit and bell hooks as it is beside Jeff Chang and Janet Mock.

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Tressie McMillan Cottom

Tressie McMillan Cottom, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University and faculty associate with Harvard University's Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. She has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Dissent and is a former columnist at Slate and contributing writer at The Atlantic. Her research has been supported by the Microsoft Research Network's Social Media Collective, The Kresge Foundation, the American Educational Research Association and the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research. Millions List named her book "Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy" one of the most anticipated non-fiction books of 2016.

McMillan Cottom is a fan of many things but an uber fan of Dolly Parton, J. California Cooper and coffee.

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