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Me, My Hair, and I (Paperback)
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Me, My Hair, and I (Paperback)

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Paperback 336 Pages / Published: 02/10/2015
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These twenty-seven "hair pieces" offer up reflections and revelations about family, race, religion, ritual, culture, motherhood, politics, celebrity, what goes on in African American kitchens and at Hindu Bengali weddings, alongside stories about the influence of Jackie Kennedy, Lena Horne, Farrah Fawcett, and the Grateful Dead. Layered into these essays you'll find surprises, insights, hilarity, and the resonance of common experience. Marita Golden writes about her grief over what so many African American women still endure to obtain "good hair." Patricia Volk itemizes her seventeen hair care products, each with a price tag. Myla Goldberg tells of how ill equipped she was to tend the hair of her adopted biracial daughter. And Suleika Jaouad describes the ravages of chemotherapy and the empowerment of shaving designs onto her head.

Publisher: Algonquin Books (division of Workman)
ISBN: 9781616204112
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 336 g
Dimensions: 210 x 140 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Truth and wisdom do such a delightful dance throughout "Me, My Hair, And I" that you finish the essay collection wondering why we don't spend more time, not less, obsessing over our tresses. . . A deliciously enlightening read, equal parts fun and poignant." --Chicago Tribune

"This anthology of essays by women explores a surprising range of issues, including identity, relationships, vanity, femininity, aging, and society." --NYTimes.com

"Here, in a series of astonishingly good essays, writers wax eloquent about the emotions wrought by our locks: 'good hair' and 'bad hair' in African-American culture; envy of our follicly gifted siblings; the quest for delusional hairstyles; and much more."--People
"Women show their roots in 'Me, My Hair, and I.'" --Vanity Fair

"[T]hese twenty-seven essays are beautifully revelatory and deeply personal accounts of each woman's hair"--Bustle

"The long and the short of it is that one of the most intimate--and fraught--relationships women have is with their hair . . . it's that relationship that's explored in Me, My Hair, and I, a collection of essays from a diverse range of authors . . . These essays are by turns funny and poignant. They will spark a sense of recognition in any woman who has ever suffered a bad hair day." --BUST Magazine
"Benedict has a knack for zeroing in on subjects with far-reaching, often surprising implications and resonance. In her third invitational collection, she has definitely tapped a nerve . . . Women spend enormous amounts of money and time on their hair, agonizing over every decision. Variations on these themes are tackled with candor, wit, insight, and emotion by Benedict's 27 eloquently entertaining contributors . . . [An] irresistible, pithy, and right-on anthology." --Booklist

"[A] splendid collection . . . By turns wry, tender, pointed, and laugh-out-loud funny, the selections take us along on the contributors' tangled, complicated, and thoroughly engaging journeys."--Publishers Weekly

"This collection is not only unique for the subject matter it addresses. It also provides cultural commentary that is by turns insightful, humorous, and moving. . . Surprisingly engaging reading." --Kirkus Reviews

"We wear our hair every day, and this collection demonstrates--with great clarity and insight--the complexities of what that means for women of all backgrounds. An important conversation and worthy of note" --Library Journal

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