Tuesday, October 4, 2016

You Can't Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson

It's been a while since I've read a memoir, but this on is high on my TBR list. 

Happy Reading!

A hilarious and affecting essay collection about race, gender, and pop culture from celebrated stand-up comedian and WNYC podcaster Phoebe Robinson.

Phoebe Robinson is a stand-up comic, which means that, often, her everyday experiences become points of comedic fodder. And as a black woman in America, she maintains, sometimes you need to have a sense of humor to deal with the absurdity you are handed on the daily. Robinson has experienced her fair share over the years: she's been unceremoniously relegated to the role of "the black friend," as if she is somehow the authority on all things racial; she's been questioned about her love of U2 and Billy Joel ("isn t that . . . white people music?"); she's been called "uppity" for having an opinion in the workplace; she's been followed around stores by security guards; and yes, people do ask her whether they can touch her hair all. the. time. Now, she's ready to take these topics to the page and she s going to make you laugh as she s doing it. 

Using her trademark wit alongside pop-culture references galore, Robinson explores everything from why Lisa Bonet is "Queen. Bae. Jesus," to breaking down the terrible nature of casting calls, to giving her less-than-traditional advice to the future female president, and demanding that the NFL clean up its act, all told in the same conversational voice that launched her podcast, "2 Dope Queens," to the top spot on iTunes. As personal as it is political, "You Can't Touch My Hair" examines our cultural climate and skewers our biases with humor and heart, announcing Robinson as a writer on the rise."


  1. I just learned about this book a few days ago. It sounds funny and really interesting.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  2. I've seen seen the book around Twitter a bit. It sounds excellent. I need to listen to 2 Dope Queens while I'm at work! Thanks for the podcast recommendation. :)

  3. You killing me... I am really not trying to have this out of control TBR especially now my Kindle is dead. My phone cannot handle it.

    1. LOL! Gotta take ya'll down the rabbit hole with me!


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