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- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-11-03
- Reviewer: Staff
Simien, writer/director of the film of the same name as this seriously funny book at times cuts close to the bone for readers of any skin tone. Simien's declared purpose is to present something "primarily meant for entertainment purposes, so as to covertly lull you into thinking critically." Brief chapters offer advice and clarification ranging from "Please Stop Touching My Hair" to "We Don't Know Why Kanye West Did That." Interspersed within the chapters are "Black Myth Busters," quizzes, flowcharts, and charts to help readers decipher micro-aggressions or decide whether they may use the N-word. Simien asserts repeatedly that, despite wishes to the contrary, racism is still embedded in assumptions and institutions throughout the culture. His humor primarily rests on the absurdity of racial stereotypes and racist behaviors, introducing the difficult, even painful, truth that lies at the heart of all great comedy. Agent: Jay Mandel, William Morris Endeavor. (Nov.)