Author Interview – Tracie McMillan / Friendly City Books Podcast

Author and journalist, Tracie McMillan joins Emily to discuss her new book, The White Bonus: Five Families and the Cash Value of Racism in America.

Raised in rural Michigan, Detroit- and Brooklyn-based writer Tracie McMillan has written for publications including the New York Times; Washington Post; Los Angeles Times; Mother Jones; Harper’s Magazine; Slate; and National Geographic.

After putting herself through New York University and training under legendary reporter Wayne Barrett, she was the managing editor of the award-winning magazine City Limits from 2001 to 2005. A 2012-13 Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellow, McMillan is also the author of the bestselling The American Way of Eating (Scribner, 2012).

McMillan’s work has been recognized by the Sidney Hillman Book Prize, the James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards, and Investigative Reporters and Editors, among others.

Tracie’s new book, The White Bonus: Five Families and the Cash Value of Racism in America ( comes out April 23, 2024.

In The White Bonus, McMillan asks a provocative question about racism in America: When people of color are denied so much, what are white people given? And how much is it worth—not in amorphous privilege, but in dollars and cents?

For a video version of this author interview, check out the Friendly City Books Youtube channel!

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