The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell

  • by W. Kamau Bell
  • Narrated by W. Kamau Bell
  • 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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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- Stevosabi

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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- Rynnkins

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-02-2017
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio