About the Book
Strong, sassy, and always surprising, in this deliciously addictive memoir in essays Helena Andrews goes from being the daughter of the town lesbian to a hot-shot political reporter, all the while asking, "Can a strong, single and successful black woman ever find love?" A force of wit and wisdom, BITCH IS THE NEW BLACK is a memoir in essays from a young black woman who's single, smart, and coming at you in full force. The essays explore everything from dating black men (including Obama's body guard Reggie Love, who she was set-up with by Maureen Dowd), losing a beloved friend, being raised by a lesbian mother, and living in a world that now knows and loves Michelle Obama. From growing up as the only black student at her elementary school, to eventually having to educate some of her New York Times colleagues on black culture, Helena Andrews always has known that her voice stands out in a crowd. And in each essay of her memoir, Andrews' voice continues to shine. She takes readers through the ups and downs of finding love when the statistics are stacked against you (according to the 2001 U.S. Census, nearly 42 percent of black women over 15 years old had never been married, compared to 21 percent of white women) and attempts to find out if her success is scaring away all the men around her. Along with her ruminations of the state of dating, there are soul-baring thoughts about the time she was taken away from her mother, how The Cosby Show was a ½ hour of solace when she was a lonely black girl in an all-white town, and one of the biggest shocks of her life - the suicide of a best friend. Andrews vividly describes the good and the bad with her daring writing and hilarious honesty. A strong new writer whose energy bounces off the page, Andrews is sure to find a legion of devoted readers who have been waiting for a woman who has them simultaneously cracking up and saying, "I know exactly what she means!" The book has been optioned by Miramx, with Shonda Grimes, creator of Grey's Anantomy, producing and also personally helping Helena write the script.