Trailblazing Editor Elaine Welteroth Has Written a Book — and It’s a Hit

By Tina Jordan

Inside the List

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At 29, Elaine Welteroth became the youngest editor in chief in Teen Vogue’s history. It was April 2016, a time, she recently told CBS, when young women “were already having conversations on Tumblr and on social media around intersectional feminism and racism and reproductive rights and gender fluidity — all these conversations were happening in the margins, but there was no mainstream media platform that created an intersection [where] all of those aspects of their identities could be celebrated.” Under her leadership, Teen Vogue became that place, a vibrant blend of fashion, activism, politics and social justice.

Now she’s written a memoir about her experience, “More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say),” which debuts on the nonfiction list at No. 11.

[ “There is no glory in a grind that wears you all the way down,” Elaine Welteroth wrote in a recent Times piece called “How to Hustle Without Burning Out.” ]

“For generations women have been made to feel like we’re not good enough, not smart enough, not pretty enough — in my case not black enough, not white enough — too old, too young, too loud, too quiet. I mean, there are so many messages that are threatening to keep us small,” Welteroth explained in a recent radio interview. She decided to write the book because “if I am going to be held up as a trailblazer in my career for the things that I’ve been able to do and the opportunities I’ve had, well I better be doing everything in my power to make sure that I am leaving that trail with some signposts along the way that make it easier and less daunting and less confusing for the next generation of young leaders and female leaders of color who are coming up behind me.”

NOVEL APPROACHES In true summer fashion, the fiction list is brimming with new books: Jennifer Weiner’s “Mrs. Everything,” Mary Alice Monroe’s “The Summer Guests,” Clive Cussler’s “The Oracle,” Mike Maden’s “Tom Clancy: Enemy Contact” and Blake Crouch’s “Recursion,” which The Times called “a heady campfire tale of a novel built for summer reading.” In an unusual move, Crouch sold both the movie and TV rights to Netflix. “I believe the plan is to launch it as a movie on Netflix, which can then spin off into multiple TV series,” he recently told Entertainment Weekly. “There are single sentences in the book that could be an entire season of television, that we just blow right past. The cool thing about a streamer like Netflix, which is breaking down the boundaries between film and television and what we can and can’t do, is it was sort of made for a book like this.”