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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 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
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
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3 out of 5 stars
By Electra on 26-01-17

Funny, insightful, too many Americanisms

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

The book offers readers a unique insight into a variety of issues. The author is unapologetically black, female, smart, funny. Why would she need to apologise for those things, you may ask. You can find the answer to that and many other important questions in this book.

What did you like best about this story?

There were really funny bits but also parts that made you think. She talks about at times having to sugarcoat her opinions with jokes (and make it work) but she is just as good at giving you things straight.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Phoebe Robinson and John Hodgman ?

Overall I liked the narration. My only issue was that I thought certain things should never be uttered by anyone over the age of 12. Examples: the 12-second-long "Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuude" half way through the book. I almost stopped there, I was tempted to just read the rest of it. You are American, we get it. It mostly bothered me because to me it felt like an effort to take the edge off jokes that were meant to address serious issues. Considering everything she says about women being punished for being smart and people of colour having to constantly mind white people's feelings, it felt rather contradictory.

Could you see You Can't Touch My Hair being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Absolutely, preferably a TV show. Obviously Phoebe Robinson should be in it. And U2.

Any additional comments?

You should stick it out and listen to what the author has to say, ESPECIALLY if you feel uncomfortable.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Tanne on 19-08-18

Funny and insightful

Most memorable moments were the chapters about Uppity and the "Angry Black Woman" trope. Loved the pop culture riffs.
(Prince is not biracial fwiw but I'm sure many ppl have pointed this out). Phoebe Robinson is a very personable narrator but maybe a tad heavy on the acronyms hashtag talk. Thankfully her content is gold.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Kate on 02-12-16

Phoebe, You Rock

Would you listen to You Can't Touch My Hair again? Why?

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Phoebe, Olivia, John

Would you listen to another book narrated by Phoebe Robinson?

Not unless she wrote it

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

laugh, for sure.

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15 of 16 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Hailey Bailey on 01-02-17

A True Gem!

Phoebe Robinson opens the door to her world in this funny, but real, way.
Her opinions on everything from certain older, white gentleman, to very politically sensitive issues really reach to the core of who we are as a society and raise the question of whether or not we are headed in the right direction. Ant good story can make you think fondly about ups and downs of the characters, but it takes a truly great book to encourage the reader to be introspective, especially without asking direct questions. Thanks Pheobs!
p.s. If you ever come to Colorado on tour, you HAVE to check out The Chocolate Therapist in Littleton, for some wine and chocolate pairing... I get the feeling you would enjoy it.

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