July 3, 2010
Bitch is the New Black
Bitch is the New Black (BITNB) by Helena Andrews is a memoir that chronicles the young life of a single, smart-mouthed, sassy black chick from her early childhood to present time. Each essay tells a straight from the hip, funny, and sometimes sad memory. For instance, there was the time when she was kidnapped away from her lesbian mother. She talks about escaping reality every Thursday night via The Cosby Show. Walking her racist pug is a hoot! She also shares the events surrounding the loss of a sorority sister.
I literally started LMBO at page one when she’s instant messaging the “Nigerian e-mail scam of ex-sorta boyfriends.” I totally related to her equation: x + y = gtfohwtbs (if “x” ≥ 28 years old and "y" = socially retarded men). Heck, I don’t feel 28 years old or like an adult either, just adult-ish. At times, I also feel like the little old lady living in a shoe that nobody comes to visit because I’m too far from the city. I could relate to almost every essay, as I’m sure other chicks can too.
Helena is a journalist so I wasn’t surprised with how well written her debut is. This book is the talk of the town. It’s been a long time since I read a book that’s the new must-read. Actually, this is the first book that created a big buzz since Steve Harvey’s Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man. I recommend picking up a copy and joining the online book club. Follow @bitchclub on Twitter, search #BITNB, or comment here.
I seldom read books more than once, and hardly ever back-to-back. But I will definitely read BITNB all over again. Its that good! All ages, races, and even males enjoy this hilar memoir. It is something within its 241 pages for us all.
Also, if you enjoyed BITNB, I highly recommend Jen Lancaster's first memoir titled Bitter is the New Black. Another guaranteed LIRL read.