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At 28 years old, having survived a tortured childhood raised by a peripatetic lesbian mother and a career as one of the few black writers for the New York Times and the only one for Politico.com, Andrews has surpassed the stereotype of the strong black woman and been deemed “perfect girl” by a boyfriend desperately trying not to commit. Andrews offers a caustic and humorous running account of her life, mad texting her girlfriends about dates and career horrors, as she navigates the prickly terrain of a modern America getting used to a black First Lady and struggling to rethink its image of black women in general. She recounts adventures with her dog Miles, who apparently—to her embarrassment—hates black men, and her search for Mr. Right, including a date with President Obama's bodyguard. She also offers painful recollections of near-abandonment by her mother, later growing up the only black child on Catalina Island, watching The Cosby Show with longing. Fans of her acerbic wit will appreciate this collection of essays. --Vanessa Bush --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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“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)

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (May 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061778842
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061778841
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #959,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A real self-absorbed, look-how-clever-I-am absolute zero, but the rating system doesn't accommodate that. I'm not sure why this book was published. I'm fairly certain whatever it was had nothing to do with the author's work.
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That's pretty much it: Narcissistic. My book club read it (6 mature, smart, well educated, professional women). We were surprised to learn that NONE OF US liked this read! It was surprisingly sophomoric. Do young women really take this much BS from men? Ms. Andrews is obviously a smart, talented young woman with a turbulent childhood and 'man' and 'mother' issues. We all wondered who the intended audience was. Women 30 and under, we decided. Though, by 30 one would hope to be beyond the point of desperation. I hope that she truly finds herself and heals herself before publishing another book. This one missed the mark for me. On a scale of 1 to 10, I gave it a 3. Mine was the highest score.
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The title of this review also happens to be the title of chapter 6, which I think sums this book up best. The author has accomplished quite a bit before age 30, but unfortunately her life is not as interesting as I hoped it would be. I'll leave this one in the break room at work. Whoever picks it up can have it.
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Format: Hardcover
From the hype about this book, I started reading it with the expectation that I would be enlightened about why black women are largely single. Ha, fooled me! This book was a self-centered, arrogant rant about the author's life, with only tidbits here and there about black women's relationships with me. My girlfriend, for her birthday, invited several of her friends to a retreat, and she asked each of us to read the book. I only finished it so that I could participate in the discussion of the book, which turned out to be a discussion on how painful it was for each of us, well-degreed black women, to get through the book. The girlfriend who had asked us to read the book exclaimed, "there must be something that you liked about it!" Okay, I thought the writing style was engaging, but the content was horrible, disjointed, boring, convoluted, contrived, and way too detailed. If I were reading a book about Oprah Winfrey's life then, yes, I want all the tidbits; but for an author who few people have ever heard of before, I can't really get excited about her life story. I passed the book along to two other friends so that they wouldn't waste the money that I had wasted on it. I'm fine if they never return the book to me.
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I heard good things about Bitch is the New Black, but hadn't yet checked it out for myself. I decided to buy it for the Kindle since it was a little cheaper, and the only thing I could think was "why did I wait so long?"

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.
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The author wrote this book like she thinks. The problem is, her thoughts are not that interesting, unique, or profound. I also feel she is much to young and inexperienced to have written a memoir at this point in her life. While having a lesbian mother, whom she witnessed in an abusive relationship, and having gone from Compton to a successful career in D.C. is worth noting, it is certainly not enough to write a book about. I would not recommend this book to anyone.
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I hoped for so much more & for the author to acknowledge things getting better throughout her 'journey'; that didn't happen. It wasn't the best book I've ever read but it definitely wasn't one of the worst.
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You had to have been living under a rock over the last several months if you didn't catch the media's obsession with letting the world know that black women are undesirable. Well, in the midst of this ridiculous craze, a young woman named Helena Andrews made the spotlight. A single, educated, successful and attractive woman, she was featured in a Washington Post article about her, then, upcoming memoir entitled Bitch Is The New Black (aka #BITNB). The article focuses on Andrews' life as a young black woman dating in DC and the frustrations that many like her feel trying to meet suitable companions in the city. While the article was interesting, it didn't do the book justice. I couldn't be happier that I stepped out of my used-books-only (or-seriously-discounted-bookstore-books-only) norm and ordered myself a copy. I read the book over the course of two days because I couldn't put it down. I absolutely loved it, and let me tell you why.

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.
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