Friday, October 13, 2017

You Can't Touch My Hair

You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson, 285 pages

Comedian, blogger, and actor Phoebe Robinson presents this equally thought-provoking and HI-LARIOUS collection of essays on everything from being a black woman in comedy and how to tell if you're "the black friend" to her personal ranking of the members of U2 based on the order in which she'd like to sleep with them (Larry Mullins Jr. may want to change his name if he wants to move up a notch or two). It's fun, it's informative, it's scattered with plenty of excellent pop culture references, and flat-out great.

Additional recommendation: listen to the audiobook, which Robinson reads herself. From her introduction (where she claims that the book will be 99 percent Miss J from America's Next Top Model "and like, two sentences of Between the World and Me") to her post-credit plea to get the audiobook in the hands of Michelle Obama (this is part of her plan to become Mrs. Obama's new best friend), I was laughing, learning, and loving it.

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