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The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

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Issa Rae

5 Hours 51 Minutes

Simon & Schuster Audio

February 2015

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The “brilliantly wry” (Lena Dunham) and “lovably awkward” (Mindy Kaling) New York Times bestseller from the creator of HBO’s Insecure.

In this universally accessible New York Times bestseller named for her wildly popular web series, Issa Rae—“a singular voice with the verve and vivacity of uncorked champagne” (Kirkus Reviews)—waxes humorously on what it’s like to be unabashedly awkward in a world that regards introverts as hapless misfits and black as cool.

I’m awkward—and black. Someone once told me those were the two worst things anyone could be. That someone was right. Where do I start?

Being an introvert (as well as “funny,” according to the Los Angeles Times) in a world that glorifies cool isn’t easy. But when Issa Rae, the creator of the Shorty Award-winning hit series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, is that introvert—whether she’s navigating love, the workplace, friendships, or “rapping”—it sure is entertaining. Now, in this New York Times bestselling debut collection written in her witty and self-deprecating voice, Rae covers everything from cybersexing in the early days of the Internet to deflecting unsolicited comments on weight gain, from navigating the perils of eating out alone and public displays of affection to learning to accept yourself—natural hair and all.

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl is a book no one—awkward or cool, black, white, or other—will want to miss.

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  • Rachael A.

    Issa Rae is amazing! I've been following her career for a long time, and I'm such a huge fan of Insecure. She's hilarious in film and tv, and listening to her read her own work couldn't be any more perfect. Listening to her talk about her childhood and teen years was like reliving my own in some ways for sure - all of us who were kids in the late 80's and 90's and teens in the 2000's will certainly feel like she was talking about our lives. As being married to a West African and raising a family together, I related a lot to her descriptions of cultural norms, family, and visits to her family's native Senegal. She made me laugh SO hard! This was such a great "read" and I'm so glad I opted to listen to this one via audiobook rather than read a hard copy. If anything the experienced has endeared her more to me, and made me a life-long fan.

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  • Marian C.

    I laughed and laughed again. Issa Rae is inspiring, informative, and hilarious.

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  • Rachelle B.

    Highly entertaining.

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  • Mignon W.

    Love Issa Rae!!!! & Live this book!!

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  • Kelbrey Porter

    LOVED EVERY MOMENT. I FELT LIKE WE GREW UP TOGETHER.

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