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How to Be Black by Baratunde R. Thurston
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Jun 14, 12

bookshelves: humor, audiobook, nonfiction, race
Read from May 15 to June 01, 2012

How to Be Black is the reason audiobooks were created. Being many things professionally: a humorist, a political voice, a technologist, it is not surprising that Thurston's delivery in his audiobook is so top notch and versatile. Thurston's tone matches the theme of his book : part memoir, part satire, part political and historical commentary. This is what makes this book so great is that all of these elements are necessary for a thoughtful discussion on race in America. The audiobook includes interviews with the "Black Panel" which felt like a podcast in the middle of book, and kept it fresh and balanced nicely the others the more self focused parts of the book. I did really enjoy the memoir sections, lots of great Washington DC history (where I live) shoutouts. I only wish that my audiobook purchase came with some of those pictures mentioned in the middle of the book.
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