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You'll never believe what happened to Lacey : crazy stories about racism / Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar.

Ruffin, Amber, (author.). Lamar, Lacey, (author.).

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at LARL/NWRL Consortium. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library.

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Moorhead Public Library 305.896 RUF (Text) 33500013345780 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781538719367
  • ISBN: 1538719363
  • Physical Description: xxiv, 215 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Grand Central Publishing, 2021.

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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.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 December #2
    *Starred 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 Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Amber Ruffin is a writer and cast member on NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers. She also amazingly became the first black woman to write for a late-night talk show in American history when she joined the staff in 2014, and was a writer/sometimes performer on HBO's Black Lady Sketch Show. She is about to launch her own late night show, The Amber Ruffin Show which will anchor the new NBC streaming service, Peacock.

Lacey Lamar
is Amber Ruffin's big sister. She has worked in the healthcare and human service field for more than twenty-five years, thirteen of those working with troubled youth in her community. She volunteers her time and resources to black, brown refugee and indigenous fellow humans in any way she can. Lacey lives in Nebraska with her unbelievable amazing daughter Imani and their 130lb Great Dane Izzy.

Subject: United States > Race relations > Humor.
African Americans > Social conditions > Humor.
African American wit and humor.
Racism > Anecdotes.
Ruffin, Amber.
Lamar, Lacey.
HUMOR / Form / Essays.
HUMOR / Topic / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Race & Ethnic Relations.
Genre: Humor.

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