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Sometimes I Trip on How Happy We Could Be
by Nichole Perkins

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    List Price: $17.99
    Format: Paperback, 256 pages
    Classification: Nonfiction
    ISBN13: 9781538702741
    Imprint: Grand Central Publishing
    Publisher: Hachette Book Group
    Parent Company: Hachette Livre
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    Book Description:
    A passionate, magnetic memoir that explores writer and podcast host Nichole Perkins’s obsession with pop culture and the challenges of navigating relationships as a Black woman through feminism and Southern mores.

    A Roxane Gay Audacious Bookclub November Pick
    Named "Most Anticipated Books of 2021" by Buzzfeed and Lithub


    Pop culture is the Pandora’s Box of our lives. Racism, wealth, poverty, beauty, inclusion, exclusion, and hope — all of these intractable and unavoidable features course through the media we consume. Examining pop culture’s impact on her life, Nichole Perkins takes readers on a rollicking trip through the last twenty years of music, media and the internet from the perspective of one southern Black woman. She explores her experience with mental illness and how the TV series Frasier served as a crutch, how her role as mistress led her to certain internet message boards that prepared her for current day social media, and what it means to figure out desire and sexuality and Prince in a world where marriage is the only acceptable goal for women.

    Combining her sharp wit, stellar pop culture sensibility, and trademark spirited storytelling, Nichole boldly tackles the damage done to women, especially Black women, by society’s failure to confront the myths and misogyny at its heart, and her efforts to stop the various cycles that limit confidence within herself. By using her own life and loves as a unique vantage point, Nichole humorously and powerfully illuminates how to take the best pop culture has to offer and discard the harmful bits, offering a mirror into our own lives.

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