White Girls (Hardcover)
McSweeney's, 9781936365814, 300pp.
Publication Date: November 12, 2013
About the Author
Praise For White Girls…
One of the A.V. Club's Favorite Books of the Year!
"Named one of Kirkus' Best Books of 2013"
"I read Als not only because he is utterly extraordinary, which he is, but for the reason one is often drawn to the best writersbecause one has a sense that one's life might depend on them. White Girls is a book, a dream, an enemy, a friend, and, yes, the read of the year."
"Hilton Als’s White Girls gave me a gift very few books do: of hearing a voice that’s new, that comes as if from a different room. A nonsensical thing to say in one sense: he’s been writing brilliantly and visibly for almost 20 years. But there’s something about the work in this book. It's a leap forward not merely for Als as a writer but for the peculiar American genre of culture-crit-as-autobiography. Its bravery lies in a set refusal to allow itself all sorts of illusionsabout race, about sex, about American artand the subtlety of its thinking is wedded maypole-fashion to a real confessional lyricism. had a lot of black gay man in us, Als taught me that I have a lot of white girl in me, too, and so does he. And so do you, is where it gets interesting. If you think that sounds like another blurb-job or post-postmodern twaddle, I defy you to read this book and come away with a mind unchanged." John Jeremiah Sullivan, author of Pulphead
"Effortless, honest and fearless"Rich Benjamin, The New York Times
"A comprehensive and utterly lovely collection of one of the best writers around." Boston Globe
"This is a book that readers will want to spend the rest of their lives with." Library Journal (Starred review)
"Als' work is so much more than simply writing about being black or gay or smart. It’s about being human." Kirkus (Starred review)
"Hilton Als’s White Girls (McSweeney’s)has reached out and grabbed me by my lapels."
Library Journal (Starred review)
"Mesmerizing... [Als] proves to be a compassionate writer looking for unityeven if it can’t always be found" Publishers Weekly (Starred review)
"Als is pyrotechnic, lifting off the page in a blast of stinging light and concussive booms that somehow coalesce into profound cultural and psychological illuminations." Booklist
"Incisive cultural criticism."Roxane Gay, The Nation
"Als has created a work of art."Christopher Bollen, Interview Magazine
"[E]verything Als is saying is a vivid, bright truth"Lambda Literary
"Brilliant."NY Journal of Books
"Als is one of the most consistently unpredictable and surprising essayists out there, an author who confounds our expectations virtually every time he writes." Los Angeles Times
"Nothing short of masterful." HTML Giant
"Captivating." Entertainment Weekly
"This book will change you." Chicago Tribune
"[Als] is a poet on the page, and his insistence on breaking the essay form defines his liberation as a writer." The Rumpus
"[Hilton] Als interweaves personal revelation with cultural touchstones, sometimes hopping from topic to topic at a breakneck speed, other times examining concepts so strategically and methodically his words become scalpels, flaying open unacknowledged bias, privilege, and conflict where he sees it."
--The A.V. Club
"[Hilton Als] is above all a writer fascinated by people: their little habits and turns of phrase, their multi-layered sexualities, and their unfathomable relationships to each other or, in the case of his famous subjects, to the world." --UTNE
"Mr. Als is a national treasure." the New York Observer
"[White Girls] is a book that rewards rereading if not requires it, but that rewards the investment amply, if not twofold." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette