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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (347 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Helena Andrews Narrator: Karen Murray Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9780061988837
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Strong, sassy, always surprising—and titled after a Saturday Night Live “Weekend Update” monologue by Tina Fey—Bitch Is the New Black is a deliciously addictive memoir-in-essays in which Helena Andrews goes from being the daughter of the town lesbian to a hot-shot political reporter… all while trying to answer the question, “can a strong, single, and successful black woman ever find love?” Fans of Sloane Crosley (I Was Told There’d Be Cake) will love the bold and brassy Bitch Is the New Black. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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 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

  • “With honesty and wit…Andrews is not afraid to reveal anything, even her bra size.”

    Washington Post

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bethy | 2/9/2014

    " It took me a long time to finish. I appreciate her opening her life to us but it read really disjointed. I found it hard to follow. I thought I'd find the groove of her writing style but could never connect. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/4/2014

    " This book took me on a fantastic roller coaster ride. I laughed and nodded in silent agreements as Helena skillfully recounted the ups and downs of her life's journey. Simply put, I loved it!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sheila | 2/2/2014

    " Made it through chapter 4 when I finally gave up. Just didn't care for it at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shaina Shine | 1/30/2014

    " "High off that new boy smell, I overlooked the fact that he said put up instead of put away & wore dress shoes with pressed denim. The squealing, though was too high pitched to ignore. Play with my nipples he moaned, out of breath on our first conjugal visit. Um, okay, I guess, why not?" lol G.H.E.I was my favorite chapter. I couldn't stop laighing.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tianna | 1/25/2014

    " Helena's voice is so witty and fun, it felt like I was listening to a friend talk on the phone! Her words and problems are relateable and though she's saying things we may have heard before about relationships, life lessons and general gripes, she writes about them in a voice true to our generation. It's Sex and the City with some backbone. I heard that she's working on a screenplay with Shonda Rhimes of Grey's Anatomy and I simply can't wait! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosie | 1/24/2014

    " This is the first book I've read in a long time where I felt I could truly idenitfy with the narrator. There's just not too many memoirs being written by & about young black women. So this whole experience was new for me. I generally don't like books that jump around, so at times I would get a little annoyed. But overall, I really enjoyed the book and admire Helena for being so raw and honest about her life & experiences in a way that many people simply can't. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ceeairrah | 1/21/2014

    " Every Black women needs to read this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charlotte | 1/21/2014

    " The book was entertaining and there were definitely moments where the situations that Andrews describes are experiences that had me nodding my head and thinking back to my own similar experiences with men. That being said, the book was somewhat hard to follow in that some of the stories Andrews shares don't seem to have a connection to the title or central theme of the book. Overall, I enjoyed reading it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lindsey | 1/16/2014

    " Quick disclaimer I did not finish this book and did not enjoy the first quarter I did get through. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chastity Parker | 12/13/2013

    " It only started to be mildly entertaining towards the end. The first... 14/15 chapters were rambling. It's a memoir, but soooooo disjointed and actually kind of.... pointless. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Danielle | 12/9/2013

    " This book was terrible. It did not flow it was just a bunch of rambling. Would not recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christie Egeston | 12/5/2013

    " Loved it! This book is my life. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Hildy Agustin | 12/2/2013

    " I wanted to like it, but it was disjointed, and I couldn't figure out the point of most of what she wrote. With better editing, it could have been much better, but as it was, it felt just like random thoughts of someone who might be very interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Milah | 11/17/2013

    " Humorous. Not what I was expecting at all but in a good way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Candice Coleman | 11/2/2013

    " I tried twice to read this book both times I've failed. It doesn't keep me engaged. Le sigh I really wanted to like this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg Marie | 11/2/2013

    " Helena Andrews is a great, funny storyteller. Each chapter had me cracking up, and amazed at how she tied all of her ends together by the end. A memoir about being a young, professional educated black girl - definitely a voice we need to hear more of. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bludissertation | 9/8/2013

    " I loved this book!! Smart, insightful, and hilarious all in one fabulous book. Many times I felt like Andrews was in my head writing about MY life. Don't let the notion of age as it relates to writing a memoir deter you from reading this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erica | 4/16/2013

    " I felt like her writing style was trying too hard and she wasn't saying anything unique. I wasn't impressed. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julie | 3/10/2013

    " Started but stopped. Not really what I like to read about single women trying to find men. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Desiree | 1/21/2013

    " Two words: Pointless and stupid. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jen | 12/20/2012

    " Not going to lie--couldn't read it all. Some humor, but pretty cold. I never could connect. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 4/12/2012

    " This was my DC book club book this month, it was only "OK", most of the other ladies didn't enjoy it at all (first time that everyone didn't like a book) ... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tina Burnside | 4/10/2012

    " Mindless ramblings. The only thing provocative about this book is the title. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bludissertation | 4/4/2011

    " I loved this book!! Smart, insightful, and hilarious all in one fabulous book. Many times I felt like Andrews was in my head writing about MY life. Don't let the notion of age as it relates to writing a memoir deter you from reading this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julie | 4/2/2011

    " Started but stopped. Not really what I like to read about single women trying to find men. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lindsey | 2/3/2011

    " Quick disclaimer I did not finish this book and did not enjoy the first quarter I did get through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beckie | 1/25/2011

    " I love Andrews witty, snarky, quick-witted style of memoir. This is as hilarious and it is honest and relatable. I'm looking forward to reading more from Soror Helena. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 1/10/2011

    " This was my DC book club book this month, it was only "OK", most of the other ladies didn't enjoy it at all (first time that everyone didn't like a book) ... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsey | 10/5/2010

    " I was really disappointed in this book. After reading the Washington Post article on this book, I was really looking forward to reading it. However, I thought that the author was very unlikeable and more vulgar than I expected. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stacie | 8/17/2010

    " tighter editing wouldnt've hurt. A couple meaningful spots. More meh than made my day... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/6/2010

    " This book took me on a fantastic roller coaster ride. I laughed and nodded in silent agreements as Helena skillfully recounted the ups and downs of her life's journey. Simply put, I loved it!! "

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About the Author

A graduate of Columbia University, Helena Andrews has written for numerous publications including Glamour, the New York Times, and TheRoot.com. She lives in Washington, D.C., and is working on the film adaptation of Bitch Is the New Black.