Bitch Is the New Black: A Memoir
1. In case you were wondering what effect, if any, Sex and The City had on women growing up in the 90's...I give you Ms. Andrews. A writer that complains how hard it is out there for a strong, black woman with a college degree who is just looking for love and a secure bank account. You know why she's not having any luck? Jesus himself...more
Bitch is the new black by Helena Andrews
Finally ended my suffering at Chapter 13. How appropriate.
First impressions: Ms. Andrews is crazy. Her stream of consciousness writing is akin to reading prose from a demented Valley Girl on a bad LSD trip.
The fact that she writes in some kind of secret code language for Black women in her age group or social strata was off-putting to say the least. I do like the fact that the chapters are presented as vignettes of her life story or rather life problems b...more
And, look, I don't want to disparage her, because I don't know her, but the stories she tells in this memoir just make her seem...well...kind of bitchy. Which is, you know, part of the title of the book. Some of the stories at the beginning resonated quite strongly with me, but by the end of the book, I got tired of reading about how horrible fat people ar...more
I don't understand why people disliked this book so much. I thought it was a rip-roaring good time and it was nice to read a book (even if it was non-fiction) about an upper 20-something Black woman. Granted I'm a bit biased since I'd begun reading Reliable Source in WashPo (the author's blog) this past summer while I interned in DC so I was more familiar wi...more
A great read.
It is funny, thought provoking, funny, honest, funny and just wonderful. This book felt like a conversation with your best friend. I saw slices of my own life through Andrews' life. I haven't dated much, so I also felt as if I were living vicariously thr...more
It meandered from some late 20-something dating crises back to the part of her childhood where her family thought her mother was selling her to dating again. While her life had parts that certainly made my upbringing look stable and normal, she likes a restauran...more
The first few chapters in the book kept me glued to each page as I could relate to her life's story in so many ways...I even grew up in the town you caught the boat from to get to Catalina! (I didn't know people actually LIVED there...like...more
It probably has everything to do with me being a less-than-30-year-old Black woman... or just a young woman in general. I thought this book was hilarious - Andrews speaks my lingo fluently - and I definitely found it heartwarming in certain essays. BITNB is very open and forward... Andrews definitely did not hold back on anything. The flow is not perfect, but given that it's essentially a collection of essays I can forgive that.
I found it charming and very entertaini...more
Told in her singular voice, BITCH IS THE NEW BLACK follows Helenasexy, single, and a self-described smart-asson her trip from kidnapped daughter of the town lesbian to hotshot political reporter who cant remember a single senators name.
Helena now writes a weekly column called...more