It says all of those things you wanted to say but didn't quite know how to articulate it.
The delivery was great and it was a fun listen.
The author has a wry humor that ranges from entertaining to hilarious. I imagine the audio version is better than the book itself as there are recorded interviews with his expert panel members.
No. But will seek them out.
A satirical view of being yourself.
I was interested in what the advice would be from this brilliant younger generation brother would be. He has had the educational privilege afforded to very few in this society that he has certainly deserved, due to his mother's struggle to make this happen for her children. I found the entire book interesting and his reading of it even more engaging, Baratunde is also a stand-up comic. My favorite part of the book was his reading a brilliant essay he wrote when he was in his adolescence. I felt myself wishing though out the remainder of the book he would get back in touch with that Baratunde or at least have more this aspect of his personality more integrated in his present life. He had a good panel but I wish it were more diverse in age and Black experience.
I always recommend people read books that stretch them.
I have read better books on racism. This one is fairly funny, however, for those who require the distraction.
Baratunde is a racist referring to my brother, my sister and insisting that being black is cool all the while decrying (appropriately) judgmental treatment of blacks. Sorry, Baratunde, you can't have it both ways.
The man is a humorist genius but at times equates his skin color with ethnicity (wrong), politics (sad), and socioeconomic theory (um, isn't he a harvard trained businessman from an elitist high school...uh oh).
I enjoy other people's viewpoints so one of the highlights of this book was the unique interview style of several other agents. The intro, however, is pedantic, insulting, and wrong. I nearly didn't read the book. The ending is not eloquent and I found the final poem exclusive, divisive, and unnecessarily militaristic compared to the more intellectual main body of the text.
The audio performance was excellent but I wonder if this didn't help lead into a somewhat stream of conscious rant on a subject that deserved a little more intention.
All in all, Baratunde seems like the kind of guy I would have over for dinner and drinks and have a good time of it. I doubt he could talk me into voting for Obama again though.
Probably less political pandering and more actual humor.
His personal stories were probably the least interesting. I personally wanted more humorous commentary not his life story. I felt his strongest part was when he interviewed others about their own personal experiences.
Maybe. But only if it deals more with humor instead of political commentary.
A book dedicated to more interviews with his friends would definitely be interesting. I find that each individual views was intriguing. I probably would like a larger sample with more humorous questions.
As a Asian American of the same age to the author with almost opposite beliefs and experiences, I found it hard to like this book due to his "progressive beliefs". Personally I didn't find it too funny. I felt he could have done less on his own personal life story and more humorous question fielded to the panel. I guess I wanted something more like "Stuff White People Like". But I won't fault him. This book just wasn't for me. I would give it 3 stars because it was entertaining enough. And I thought he presented it very well and I liked his voice and the fact he able to get others to speak. He definitely gave a good vocal performance.
The humorous way the material was handled.
The author's insight into Harvard from his own perspective. Though, there is a lot more than that to like.
His enthusiasm, great delivery. Quite a performer.
His father's story was a sad one.
Funny, engaging, and enlightening. And I am a white woman, by the way...Baratunde is a great narrator and has a very important message to deliver, in my view. I think this is a great example in which the audio book is better than the actual book (such as William Shatner's autobiography as an audio book, but I am no way comparing Thurston's message to Shatner's).
Not really. I expected to be enlightened. Instead it was just one stereotype after another.
I liked the trip to Africa and his reaction.
This is the first book from him that I have listened too.
The quality of play back is excellent
I have it both ways: on my ereader & audible
I loved the author's delivery, as well as the use of a panel of different speakers. It kept the 'story' lively.
The weaving together of humor and intellect was brilliant. No one can miss the message; yet, it is presented in a manner lighthearted enough to thoroughly enjoy.
Thurston brings the passion, humor and even the pain of what he actually feels in personal situations as he learns and lives through what it means to be Black.
Although that may have been fun, I needed to meditate on certain portions, so I read it in chunks.
So good to know that my interpretation of what it is to be Black counts!