The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell (audiobook)

Tales of a 6' 4", African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama's Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian

10.5 hrs • 9 CDs • Unabridged
Nonfiction/Humor
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 05/02/17
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- 05/02/17 9781524733766
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Summary

AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

An Amazon Best Book of the Month for May 2017

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 up-bringing 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.

Review Quotes

“The author, political satirist, and comedian W. Kamau Bell, is the best person to narrate this look at race, gender, and sexuality in contemporary America…Listeners will appreciate his casual tone, which creates the impression that he’s telling them the story of his life over coffee or a cocktail. However, his narrative style changes to a somber tone when he recounts his parents’ experiences with Jim Crow laws. His shift in tone underscores these injustices for the contemporary listener, who will no doubt find them painful but enlightening. Winner of theAudioFile Earphones Award.”

AudioFile

“Bell…tackles everything from racism to his life growing up as a Blerd (Black nerd) to his struggles to find his comedic voice in this illuminating memoir.”

Entertainment Weekly

“A funny, heartfelt tête-à-tête with a down-to-earth star.”

Boston magazine

“At turns sarcastic, poetic and enraged, Bell’s language is potent. His own realization of how racism intersects with other forms of discrimination, like sexism, broadens his platform and embraces a wide audience. Awkward Thoughts is definitely entertaining, but it also invites readers to look through different eyes. And those who aren’t inspired to take action will at least have considered a new view. As Bell says, ‘that’s progress.’”

Shelf Awareness (starred review)