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Barack Like Me by David Alan Grier
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Dec 09, 2009

bookshelves: memoir-biography, comedy, sarah-o

David Alan Grier might be best known as a cast member of a little indie television show called "In Living Color," but don't expect to get any background or dirt on the show from this book. Grier focuses his attention on aspects of the Barack Obama campaign and election, most specifically on obtaining tickets to the inauguration and attending the swearing-in ceremony.

I think this book could hold a lot of meaning for some people, as he describes why the election of an African-American to the highest office in America would mean so much to him and his family. Interspersed with the "present-day saga" of getting tickets to Obama's inauguration are personal stories Grier shares from throughout his & his family's lives. This is where the strength of the book lies. He tells an unforgettable story about his grandmother at the height of discrimination, in which she is neglected in the storage hold of a bus. He tells of how his mother drove him to see JFK before the school day started. He also divulges his love for Jimi Hendrix. These stories are funny and sometimes heart-breaking.

Unless you are a big fan of the show "Dancing with the Stars" or of David Alan Grier, you can probably skip these last two chapters that focus on his experience with that show. I don't read that many biographies, but this one was accessible and written in a casual style that makes you feel like you're Grier's confidant.
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