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The Coloring Book Audiobook

The Coloring Book: A Comedian Solves Race Relations in America

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Publisher's Summary

From former SNL "Weekend Update" host and legendary stand-up comedian Colin Quinn comes a controversial and laugh-out-loud investigation into cultural and ethnic stereotypes.

Colin Quinn has noticed a trend during his decades on the road - that Americans' increasing political correctness and sensitivity have forced us to tiptoe around the subjects of race and ethnicity altogether. Colin wants to know: What are we all so afraid of? Every ethnic group has differences, everyone brings something different to the table, and this diversity should be celebrated, not denied. So why has acknowledging these cultural differences become so taboo?

In The Coloring Book, Colin, a native New Yorker, tackles this issue head-on while taking us on a trip through the insane melting pot of 1970s Brooklyn, the many, many dive bars of 1980s Manhattan, the comedy scene of the 1990s, and post-9/11 America. He mixes his incredibly candid and hilarious personal experiences with no-holds-barred observations to definitively decide, at least in his own mind, which stereotypes are funny, which stereotypes are based on truths, which have become totally distorted over time, and which are actually offensive to each group and why.

As it pokes holes in the tapestry of fear that has overtaken discussions about race, The Coloring Book serves as an antidote to our paralysis when it comes to laughing at ourselves...and others.

©2015 Colin Quinn (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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    Virginia Raleigh, NC, United States 06-10-15
    Virginia Raleigh, NC, United States 06-10-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Colin Quinn is brilliant!"

    Colin Quinn is brilliant and this book shows it. If you loved his one man show then you will love this book! Part memoir, part study of New York City and current events without getting overtly political. Colin Quinn really might be the best man in America to have a discussion about race.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    gary gulman 06-18-15
    gary gulman 06-18-15
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    "Smart,Funny,Provocative"

    I absolutely loved this book. Colin delivered a beautifully written, incisive, hilarious audio-book. So happy he read it because his distinctive speaking voice significantly adds to the experience. It was like hanging out with him without anyone to interrupt. 5 Stars All Around! Only wish it were longer.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Katie 06-10-15
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    "Take a Seat James Joyce, There's a New Kid in Town"

    Despite having the grating voice of a 50 year chain smoker gargling with shards of glass, Colin Quinn's (CQ as he prefers to be called affectionately by his dozens of fans) audio performance warms the heart, soothes the soul, and inspires the mind.

    After listening intently in my car while driving around the ethnic part of town, I really feel like he helped me to "get it" as the hip, in-the-know types refer to understanding PoC (this abbreviation means 'persons of color') and now, thanks to CQ ;) I aspire to meet some Haitians.

    Colin Quinn is not just a Renaissance Man to me, no. After listening to his charming stories about Chinese work ethic and Jamaicans bedding white women, I feel like he's a Renaissance Friend.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rodney 06-13-15
    Rodney 06-13-15 Listener Since 2007
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    "Mandatory reading for all Generation Gleers."

    If you look past the terrible book cover, past the god awful book name and actually read this book you will come away extremely happy. The book is funny, it's smart and it's real. Colin is doing the nation a service with this book and I truly feel 88% of our face issues could be solved in just days by making kids in high school read this.

    Again super enjoyable read - no matter your politics you will love this. Well unless you're a jerkoff.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Sheila 11-03-15
    Sheila 11-03-15

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    "Not My Thing"

    I didn't read the description of this book carefully enough. It really is just a stand-up comedy routine which is not my thing. When it said "a comedian takes on race" I thought it might be 70%, comedy and 30% insight. It was more like 99 and 1.

    If you like stand up comedy this might be for you.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Robert SIGNAL MOUNTAIN, Tunisia 06-12-15
    Robert SIGNAL MOUNTAIN, Tunisia 06-12-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Entertaining and refreshing take on our PC Society"

    Listened in a day. We need more commentary and guidance like this in today's world of "never offend anyone "

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    Rick Hines 06-12-15
    Rick Hines 06-12-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A hilarious story of race and growing up in NYC in the 70's"

    Colin needs to work in his reading skills, but overall this is a great book! Hilarious stories! He manages to be funny and edgy about race without crossing that dreaded PC line. Great job Colin!

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    Bella dona 09-15-15
    Bella dona 09-15-15 Member Since 2016

    be humble for you are of the earth, be noble for you are made from stars.

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    "a hilarious take on culture"

    Collin Quinn is great at telling a story and confronting the truth of cultural relations. I highly recommend this book. it had me laughing from beginning to end.

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    Edward Mosqueda 07-24-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Hits the nail on the head"

    This book had a lot of references that reminds me of my childhood and the neighborhoods I grew up in. For the most part, I agree on his assessments about the different races and cultures. I miss the people who fell into general stereotypes of their races.

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    Alan Smithee 07-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Very intuitive and entertaining."

    This is a great insight into cultural differences that should be openly discussed and accepted, not covered up and hidden as it is becoming in this PC world.
    Also, The race internet apps comparison is hilarious.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Would you listen to The Coloring Book again? Why?

    I've already listened to it twice


    What other book might you compare The Coloring Book to, and why?

    Not sure its like any other book. More like 4 hours of Colin Quinn stand up.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The Last Chapter and Conclusion


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