Friday, April 9, 2021

Book Review: You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories about Racism by Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar

You may know comedian Amber Ruffin who both writes and occasionally performs for Seth Meyers on his late night show, and also has her own show on Peacock. What you don't know is that she's from Omaha, Nebraska, where her sister Lacey Lamar still lives. And boy, the things people say to Lacey are shocking!

Lacey is often the only Black person at her workplace and the people around her either let down their guard or simply are proudly racist. She reports back to Amber--who lives in New York where these sorts of daily racist remarks are a thing of the past--who finds great humor in the majority of them. Here both sisters tell Lacey's stories (and a couple of Amber's) to illustrate through humor how racism is still pervasive and ridiculous. The humor is truly key, as it helps the medicine go down, and also lowers people's defenses so they can truly hear these stories without getting their back up. Because ya'll, you guys, racism's still out there. And by the time you read this Lacey will probably have been fired from yet another job for standing up for herself and not putting up with other people's stupidity. 

The audio version was especially good as both sisters recorded it, and while I appreciated them describing some of the pictures included, audiobook publishers have got to figure out a way to make photos in book more accessible to us listeners. Like just putting them up on the publisher's website would be good. I don't even need all of them--just a couple would be fine. 

I borrowed this book from the library via Libby/Overdrive.

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