A New York Times Best Seller
"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, cocreator and costar of Broad City)
A hilarious and timely essay collection about race, gender, and pop culture from upcoming 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 audio - 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.
One of Glamour's "Top 10 Books of 2016"
Featured on Refinery 29's list of "The Best Books of 2016 So Far"
Read by the author, and featuring additional narration by Jessica Williams and John Hodgson
©2016 Phoebe Robinson (P)2016 Penguin Audio
Although she definitely makes some great points, especially on race and gender, Phoebe tries way too hard and often comes off as petty and trite through a lot of the book. That said, definitely a strong story for the most part with important messages and perspective.
I definitely struggled to listen to this book. I tried, believe me, I tried. But I'm part of that last group of boomers, born 13 years after the end WWII. I could understand the "don't touch my hair" part because I went through that A LOT of that in the early 70s, when I was wearing a 'fro. White girls would help themselves to touching my hair, until I trained them to stop doing that But that's pretty much where the similarities end. I have two Millennial daughters. Maybe they would enjoy this.
Firstly, I loved the contents. As a Mexican immigrant catching up with American culture, with fair skin and a diverse friend group, I found this very informative. As a fan of 2DQ and SMWG, this book did not disappoint.
With regards to the performance, it felt painfully slow and almost gave up and switched it for the print copy. I am a big fan of both if Phoebe's podcasts so I am used to listening to her speech (which I love) but the cadence on the audiobook felt off. I sped it up to 1.1x and voilá!
I don't normally write reviews, but after the promos on 2 DopeQueens (which I love), I went to download this audiobook and was a bit astonished that, despite the super high star rating, all the reviews that were showing up were so damned negative!!! I almost didn't download it (I needed something fun to get me through the drive home from family thanksgiving), then I remembered, Phoebe is awesome, and I want to hear what she has to say.I'm a 42 year old divorced white lady. Phoebe says a lot that ring true to me about the experience of being a lady and from knowing POC. She also says a lot of things that I didn't know from the perspective of a POC, that I found enlightening. I am really, really grateful for all that she says. YES, the cadence of this book is a bit rough if you are used to Phoebe from 2 Dope Queens, where she feels just off the cuff. In this audiobook, you can definitely feel that she's reading -- but, she's reading her book, and I'm okay with that. One review I read suggested reading it at 1.1 speed-- unfortunately, my app only broke down to 1.25 - which was okay for awhile (1 chapter), then when I could hear in her voice that genuineness that we know and love, it was weird. YES, she's 31 and the fact that she bemoans being old makes those of us older feel like sorry old sacks. I remember feeling the same way. It's not really a thing that she's her age. It's who she is. Those of us that are now older were there, and remember it, if we're honest. YES, there are a few minor points where things get a bit dry, and, more to the point, feel like Phoebe is reading us a part of her college thesis instead of just engaging us and then backing her points up with facts.THOSE ARE MINOR POINTS, however, given the overall spectacular engagement I felt with Phoebe and this book. I think she brings people in to consider other experiences, explains them with grace and humor, and most of all, makes us laugh while we understand more about our shared human experience. Phoebe, I really enjoyed your book, and your reading of it, even though I'm not the intended audience. And, seriously, screw the assholes who don't get it.
Phoebe, Olivia, John
Not unless she wrote it
laugh, for sure.
This book was everything I was hoping for and also way more. As a disabled black woman I found it fun and entertaining; and I loved how Phoebe Robinson was able to verbalize do many things that I try to explain to people everyday.
A must have for any SJW 😊
Phoebe most beautifully and hilariously describes ways in which we all need to lady up and address societal and individual issues such as racial inequities, gender stereotyping, and self care. It's incredible to hear someone openly and positively talking about these crucial issues, and I cannot explain how much I appreciate hearing them from another young woman's perspective. (Oh yeah, phoebe explains the importance of this. Because she's the best.) This book is absolutely necessary for every woman and POC wanting to see their experience reflected back, and should be listened to by everyone to gain perspective but also because it's so freakin' funny! I listened to this book straight through, totally absorbed as if in the best kind of convo with my best friend. Thanks phoebs!! <3
I enjoy getting lost in a great book! My favorites are eclectic, horror, romance, kids books with a few autobiographies thrown in for fun!
I enjoyed the pace of the author. I am in my mid-50's and African American, and I was able to relate to many portions of this book, not only for my self but for my mother and my daughter. I also enjoyed just how real Phoebe kept the material. I know that she wrote from her heart. That made all the difference.
I have not read another book like this that i could compare this too. This book is in an amazing class by itself.
Phoebe was funny and earthy. She speaks from her heart in this book. I could feel the blood sweat and tears in this book.
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Great book. I am purchasing this for my family for Christmas. Cannot wait to hear what they think about this book!
As a fan of Two Dope Queens this was partially what I expected in that it matched the voice I listen to regularly on the podcast. What I didn't expect were some very honest and touching details about her life in unexpected ways. If it weren't for how honestly and rawly Robinson tells the stories, it would be saccharine to hear what a TV show moment "meant" to someone. Since this is humor, though, and the details are rich and the significance of them was so surprising to me, what could have been trite becomes touchingly funny. I honestly feel like I understand more about the world after listening to this.
Even though I love her humor, she can be occasionally too raunchy beyond what he raunch could add in humor. Save for that and a few other times she overwrote the story, this was a really great book that was well performed in her own voice.
Funny af. I wish Phoebe Robinson was my #foreverhomie. I recommend this for anyone, even if you're white...especially if you're white. She takes time to explain things to white folks, which most black folks ain't got time or the energy for. So Phoebe is actually doing ya'll a favor. Enjoy!
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