The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell

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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Bell tackles "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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York : Dutton, [2017]
ISBN: 9781101985878
Branch Call Number: 792.7 BEL 2017
Characteristics: viii, 340 pages ; 24 cm

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RobertELPL Jan 22, 2018

This was a great combination of memoir and comedic musings. Both insightful and funny, Bell does a great job of touching on a lot of different, difficult topics. Whether you are a fan of his, or haven't heard of him before, this is a title everyone should pick up and read. I have since looked him... Read More »


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RobertELPL Jan 22, 2018

This was a great combination of memoir and comedic musings. Both insightful and funny, Bell does a great job of touching on a lot of different, difficult topics. Whether you are a fan of his, or haven't heard of him before, this is a title everyone should pick up and read. I have since looked him up on YouTube and he is as good as you'd expect.

Rebecca_Kohn Nov 02, 2017

I'm going to declare this as one of the most important books of 2017. W. Kamau Bell has a gift for looking at difficult topics from many angles, holding your attention to the painful or what he would call awkward parts, and finding humor and sometimes even resolution in the many predicaments happening across the country. Fans of his work will enjoy the details about his work in comedy in tv, readers interested in the life of a thoughtful comedian negotiating work/family life will appreciate his honesty, and anyone who wants to engage with a resonant discussion about race in America in 2017 will find important facets in this book.

Cynthia_N Sep 09, 2017

Hilarious! I found myself mentioning this book to most of my friends that I ran into as I was reading it! Bell presents his beliefs in a very passionate but not overbearing manner. I learned quite a bit and laughed quite a bit while reading. Highly recommended!

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lukasevansherman
Jun 02, 2017

"Every few years, angry white men rebrand themselves as a way to disguise their racism. It my lifetime they have been called the alt-right, the Tea Party, the ‘silent majority.” And when they can’t come up with a new name to change to, they usually just go ‘Aww, screw it ! let’s just call ourselves the Ku Klux Klan again!’”
W. Kamau Bell is best-know for his acclaimed, but short-lived show "Totally Biased" and his current CNN show "United Shades of America." He's both a comedian and a social critic, and while I think he's funny, I think he's more influential as the latter and this book is definitely its best when he's dealing with issues of race. Like many comedians' books, it's a loosely connected string of anecdotes and autobiography. It's a breezy read, but a little unfocused. The strongest chapters are the more serious ones, like the show he did with members of the KKK and the one about a racial incident at a Berkeley cafe. I'd also recommend Phoebe Robinson's collection of essays, "You Can't Touch My Hair."

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