Some of My Best Friends: and Other White Lies I've Been Told

Alpine Books


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A stunning, fearless, and darkly comic debut essay collection about race, justice, and the limits of good intentions.

In this "expansive" (Electric Literature) and "stellar" (Kirkus Reviews) collection, Tajja Isen braids cultural criticism with personal narrative to examine a common, exasperating pattern in our daily lives: how industries—like entertainment, media, the law, and publishing—have become very good at speaking the language of equity but don't always follow through.

Through nine "often hilarious, always thought-provoking" (ELLE) essays, Isen explores that discord with razor-sharp humour. Troubling though this contradiction may be, she oberves, it can also be unexpectedly funny.

"An inspiring, determined work" (Saeed Jones), Some of My Best Friends is a brilliantly incisive examination of the gaps between what we say and what we do; what we value and what we demand.