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The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell Audiobook

The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6' 4", African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama's Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian

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Publisher's Summary

You may know W. Kamau Bell from his new Emmy-nominated hit show on CNN, United Shades of America. Or maybe you've read about him in The New York Times, which called him "the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years." Or maybe from The New Yorker fawning over his brand of humor writing: "Bell's gimmick is intersectional progressivism: he treats racial, gay, and women's issues as inseparable."

After all this love and praise, it's time for the next step: a book. The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell is a humorous, well-informed take on the world today, tackling a wide range of issues, such as race relations; fatherhood; the state of law enforcement today; comedians and superheroes; right-wing politics; left-wing politics; failure; his interracial marriage; white men; his upbringing by very strong-willed, race-conscious, yet ideologically opposite parents; his early days struggling to find his comedic voice, then his later days struggling to find his comedic voice; why he never seemed to fit in with the black comedy scene...or the white comedy scene; how he was a black nerd way before that became a thing; how it took his wife and an East Bay lesbian to teach him that racism and sexism often walk hand in hand; and much, much more.

©2017 W. Kamau Bell (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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    Stevosabi 05-02-17
    Stevosabi 05-02-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Another great think from Bell"

    I always love hearing the insights of W. Kamau Bell. Be it his podcast or his shows I always love the man's perspective humor and good natured view. In this we get a little back story and it works a bit like a legend or the origin story of some political satire superhero. A great read and worth the credit. I also would like to be the first to offer up my vote for him should he ever run for political office....
    I want credit for being the first to reference that.

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    Rynnkins 05-21-17
    Rynnkins 05-21-17

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    "If you read only one hilarious book on rasism..."

    I loved it; funny, moving, a plea to understand racism, and to take the action needed to end it. W. Kamau Bell is a stand up comedian so he knows how to tell a story and there are many enertaining/cringe-worthy stories of growing up African American in this book.

    He lets you laugh with him about it. And you will laugh.

    I look forward to his next book.

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    Amazon Customer 05-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    I have raised my bi-racial son by myself in the same small town I grew up in, which lacks ethnic diversity. As a 6'2" 17-year-old black nerd and future Mechanical Engineer, I have always been afraid to send him out into the collegiate world not knowing what obstacles await him outside of our peaceful hometown. Has he experienced racism? Sure. But mostly from ignorant schoolmates that have never known a black person. Kamau put many things into a perspective that made me assign this book to my son as his "black homework". I think they share a lot of the same obstacles- my son and Kamau are both Blerd's and are both extremely politically educated.

    I enjoyed his personal story of growing up, his comedic journey, his relationship, etc- all while peppering in the political and racial issues of our time. It's as much a story of his life as it is a lesson on logical thoughts and ideas from a brilliant mind. This book gave me "the feels", and as a white woman I wasn't sure I would relate, but was doing my due diligence as the mother of a black man. I was wrong. This book is for everyone.

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    kavitha 05-18-17
    kavitha 05-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Honest and refreshing"

    Loved listening to Kamau's experiences although some parts left me sad and angry. The chapters are laced with humour, calls out sexism and racism and make you reminisce of your summers spent with grandparents! Read/listen to the book and thou shall not be disappointed!

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    She'sAlive! 05-16-17
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    "Rare honesty"

    I've been to subjected to a number of memoirs by other comedians that feel preachy and somehow managed not to provide any insight into their lives or experience. This book is not like that. It was a revelation. I felt like I understood his perspective and his struggle better. And I laughed so hard at times I was literally screaming stop!

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    Vinny B 05-10-17
    Vinny B 05-10-17 Member Since 2015

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    "loved it!"

    An important book for everyone. Plus it's awesome in Kamau's voice, it's like going to one of his shows, only he solves racism in 10 hours instead of about one. A must listen.

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    Jane C. 05-10-17
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    "Read it!"

    Funny, cool, sweet and smart. And if you don't believe in white privilege, you definitely need to read it. I double dare you.

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    "Best! First book I listened to from beginning to end, non-stop!"

    It was funny, thought-provoking and well put together. I found myself laughing out loud on many occasions.

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