You'll never believe what happened to Lacey : crazy stories about racism

by Ruffin, Amber,

Format: Print Book 2021
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Summary
*A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AND INDIE NEXT PICK*



Writer and performer on Late Night with Seth Meyers Amber Ruffin writes with her sister Lacey Lamar with humor and heart to share absurd anecdotes about everyday experiences of racism.



Now a writer and performer on Late Night with Seth Meyers and host of The Amber Ruffin Show, Amber Ruffin lives in New York, where she is no one's First Black Friend and everyone is, as she puts it, "stark raving normal." But Amber's sister Lacey? She's still living in their home state of Nebraska, and trust us, you'll never believe what happened to Lacey.



From racist donut shops to strangers putting their whole hand in her hair, from being mistaken for a prostitute to being mistaken for Harriet Tubman, Lacey is a lightning rod for hilariously ridiculous yet all-too-real anecdotes. She's the perfect mix of polite, beautiful, petite, and Black that apparently makes people think "I can say whatever I want to this woman." And now, Amber and Lacey share these entertainingly horrifying stories through their laugh-out-loud sisterly banter. Painfully relatable or shockingly eye-opening (depending on how often you have personally been followed by security at department stores), this book tackles modern-day racism with the perfect balance of levity and gravity.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Before becoming a comedy writer for Late Night with Seth Meyers, before starring in her own sketch series, Amber Ruffin was Lacey Lamar's little sister growing up in Omaha, Nebraska. In this book, the charming and hilarious sister duo outlines some of the most memorable instances of racism they've experienced as Black women in America. Ruffin acknowledges that she lives and works in a relative bubble, in progressive New York City, and on the set of a television show that aims to call out racist behavior whenever possible. Meanwhile, in her office jobs and in various public settings around Omaha, Lamar has seen it all: she's been mistaken for countless Black celebrities and for her few Black coworkers. She's had to explain the problematic nature of too many Halloween costumes. She's been targeted by JC Penney security, even had someone get their whole hand stuck in her hair when they touched it without her permission. Ruffin and Lamar offer a dual commentary on each story, their perspectives an endearing portrait of sibling psychology and friendship. They present the content of the stories as is: pervasive and horrifying. Featuring the authors' razor-sharp wit and limitless brilliance, these true tales of injustice are a gift to readers.Women in Focus: The 19th in 2020"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Late Night with Seth Meyers writer Ruffin and her sister, Lamar, recount the racism Lamar has experienced growing up and living in Omaha, Neb., expertly balancing laugh-out-loud humor and descriptions of deplorable actions. The authors chronicle the "constant flow of racism one must endure to live in the Midwest," with stories of Lamar getting consistently followed by security at JC Penney as a child, being publicly humiliated by a teacher who made her move to the back of the classroom, getting fired for calling out racist mistreatment from her boss, and being mistaken for Whoopi Goldberg and Harriet Tubman. While the writing is consistently funny, the severity of the racism is never downplayed; Ruffin and Lamar show the necessity of embracing humor as a coping mechanism. As Ruffin states at the book's close, "This is not every experience and it is not a lifetime's worth of stories. And, with that said, isn't it waaaay more than you expected?" This is an excellently executed account, rich with vivid insight. Agent: Anthony Mattero, CAA. (Jan.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Ruffin, Amber.
Lamar, Lacey.
African Americans -- Social conditions -- Humor.
African American wit and humor.
Racism -- Anecdotes.
United States -- Race relations -- Humor.
Humor.
Anecdotes.
Biographies.
Publisher New York, NY :2021
Edition First edition.
Other Titles You will never believe what happened to Lacey
Contributors Lamar, Lacey, author.
Language English
Description xxiv, 215 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781538719367
1538719363
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