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You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain

Phoebe Robinson

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Humour collections & anthologies

As personal as it is political, You Can't Touch My Hair examines our cultural climate and skewers our biases with humor and heart with its hilarious essay collection about race, gender and pop culture from comedy superstar and 2 Dope Queens podcaster Phoebe Robinson.

A hilarious and timely essay collection about race, gender, and pop culture from comedy superstar and 2 Dope Queens podcaster Phoebe Robinson

Being a black woman in America means contending with old prejudices and fresh absurdities every day. Comedian Phoebe 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.

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Praise for You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain

  • A must read! So funny! - Danielle Brooks, Orange is the New Black actress

  • You Can't Touch My Hair is the book we need right now. Robinson makes us think about race and feminism in new ways, thanks to her whip-smart comedy and expert use of a pop culture reference. The future is very bright because Robinson and her book are in it. - Jill Soloway, creator of Transparent

  • Phoebe Robinson has a way of casually, candidly rough-housing with tough topics like race and sex and gender that makes you feel a little safer and a lot less alone. If something as wise and funny as You Can't Touch My Hair exists in the world, we can't all be doomed. Phoebe is my hero and this book is my wife. - Lindy West, New York Times bestselling author of Shrill

  • Honest, touching, laugh-out-loud funny. - Kevin Bacon, actor and musician

  • You Can't Touch My Hair is one of the funniest books about race, dating, and Michael Fassbender. The world is burning, and Phoebe Robinson is the literary feminist savior we've been looking for. - Hasan Minhaj, senior correspondent on The Daily Show

  • Trenchant and hilarious. - St. Vincent, musician

  • Smart, funny, and insightful. - Carrie Brownstein, New York Times bestselling author of Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl

  • A must-read...Phoebe Robinson discusses race and feminism in such a funny, real, and specific way, it penetrates your brain and stays with you. - Ilana Glazer, co-creator and co-star of Broad City

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