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Bitch Is the New Black: A Memoir Paperback – May 24, 2011
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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....I’m giving copies to all of my girlfriends who have crazy families, love lives that revolve around IM, and, of course, I’m pretending I helped Helen write it.” (Angela Nissel, author of Mixed and The Broke Diaries)
“[A] bitingly funny — and honest — read....[Andrews] establishes herself as an individual, proving that the women who fit into the “strong (single) black woman” category are more complex than the one-dimensional persona lets on.” (Associated Press)
“Andrews’ combination of personal anecdote and analysis of success and race makes her tales unique. And at the same time, her exploration of gender in America is one surely any woman can relate to.” (Bust Magazine)
“With honesty and wit...Andrews is not afraid to reveal anything, even her bra size.” (Washington Post)
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Top Customer Reviews
Helena's writing draws you in and leaves you in stitches. I found it akin to reading successive blog entries. Easy to get through, with the subject readily laid out and available to you. As a 20-something myself, I enjoyed it even more because I could absolutely relate the stories and situations she was going through. It was almost like I was reading stories that happened to either myself or girlfriends in undergrad.
If you're looking for some explication of the (mostly mythical) single, black, bitter woman, then this is not the book for you. But if you're looking for some genuinely funny stories, wrapped into some insights about the quarter-life crisis, then please pick up this memoir ASAP. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Her wit is razor sharp and her writing style is engaging:
The memoir is a collection of 16 essays with titles such as "Perfect Girl" and Other Curse Words and Riding in Cars with Lesbians. Nuff said right? It gets better, though. Andrews uses each of these essays to chronicle her past, smoothly jumping back and forth in time in many of them. She gives us insight into everything from her childhood to her professional endeavors post graduate school. She has a really intriguing childhood growing up with a lesbian mother who made them move around quite a bit and an even more interesting adult life filled with dating trials and tribulations, a friend/line sister who commits suicide, a best friend on the west coast, and a blossoming career in DC.
Her mother is awesome:
Simply put: Frances, Andrews' mother, is awesome.Read more ›
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Were you writing your new book while listening to the national anthem? Have so respect for your country, fellow Americans and troops.Published 15 months ago by Shawn Jetton
Not my favorite book but not the worst. She said "dude" so many times that I became sick of the word in just two pages into the book.Published on June 17, 2014 by Cee Enzo
Helena Andrews is amazing. She says everything I understand, and though I didn't grow up like her, I know how she feels. Read morePublished on February 19, 2014 by poetic_moni
I think Andrews does a good job discussing the plight of single black females at this day and age with her own personal anecdotes. Read morePublished on July 13, 2013 by AGood