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Me, My Hair, and I: Twenty-Seven Women Untangle an Obsession

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Title: Me, My Hair, and I: Twenty-Seven Women Untangle an Obsession
Author: Benedict, Elizabeth
ISBN: 9781616204112
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Published: 2015
Binding: Quality
Language: English
Publisher Description:
"[A] splendid collection . . . By turns wry, tender, pointed, and laugh-out-loud funny." --Publishers Weekly

"Untangles the many truths about hair, and the lives we lead underneath it." --Pamela Druckerman, author of Bringing Up Bébé

Ask a woman about her hair, and she just might tell you the story of her life. Ask a whole bunch of women about their hair, and you could get a history of the world. Surprising, insightful, frequently funny, and always forthright, the essays in Me, My Hair, and I are reflections and revelations about every aspect of women's lives from family, race, religion, and motherhood to culture, health, politics, and sexuality.

They take place in African American kitchens, at Hindu Bengali weddings, and inside Hasidic Jewish homes. The conversation is intimate and global at once. Layered into these reminiscences are tributes to influences throughout history: Jackie Kennedy, Lena Horne, Farrah Fawcett, the Grateful Dead, and Botticelli's Venus.

The long and the short of it is that our hair is our glory--and our nemesis, our history, our self-esteem, our joy, our mortality. Every woman knows that many things in life matter more than hair, but few bring as much pleasure as a really great hairdo.