Tacky: Love Letters to the Worst Culture We Have To Offer

Vintage. Nov. 2021. 208p. ISBN 9780593312728. pap. $15.95. LIT
To be tacky is to be perceived as not having good taste. Tackiness is in the eye of the beholder but is often confirmed through popular culture—activities that are called “trashy”; music that’s labeled “boring” or “commercial.” For King (host of the podcast Low Culture Boil), tacky things are worthy of exploration and celebration. Here, discussing topics like The Sims, Bath & Body Works scent sprays, and the band Creed, King explores growing up in the 2000s and leaning in to parts of culture that are often disparaged. This is a memoir soaked in the dying mall culture of the early aughts, smelling of burnt hairspray and self-tanner.
VERDICT Basted in Cinnabon icing and coated in glittery lip gloss, King’s book explores the joy of low culture. It would be a great addition for libraries looking to expand their memoir collections and appeal to millennial audiences.
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