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"Robinson offers deft cultural criticism and hilarious personal anecdotes that will make readers laugh, cringe, and cry. Everything may indeed be trash but writing like this reminds us that we're gonna make it through all the terrible things with honesty, laughter, and faith."--Roxane Gay, New York Times bestselling author
New York Times bestselling author and star of 2 Dope Queens Phoebe Robinson is back with a new, hilarious, and timely essay collection on gender, race, dating, and the dumpster fire that is our world.
Written in her trademark unfiltered and witty style, Robinson's latest collection is a call to arms. Outfitted with on-point pop culture references, these essays tackle a wide range of topics: giving feminism a tough-love talk on intersectionality, telling society's beauty standards to kick rocks, and calling foul on our culture's obsession with work. Robinson also gets personal, exploring money problems she's hidden from her parents, how dating is mainly a warmed-over bowl of hot mess, and, definitely most important, meeting Bono not once, but twice. She's struggled with being a woman with a political mind and a woman with an ever-changing jeans size. She knows about trash because she sees it every day--and because she's seen roughly one hundred thousand hours of reality TV and zero hours of Schindler's List.
With the intimate voice of a new best friend, Everything's Trash, But It's Okay is a candid perspective for a generation that has had the rug pulled out from under it too many times to count.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Contemplating society’s worst injustices can be a depressing task—but not when 2 Dope Queens comedian Phoebe Robinson’s guiding the conversation. In her second essay collection, she dishes out fire on everything from institutional racism to the beauty industry, backing up every point with hard data and her personal experiences. Amazingly, Robinson makes it fun—not by sugarcoating the issues, but by comedy-coating them, letting her hyperactive style and provocative sense of humor set the tone. The result is a book that truly lives up to its title, leaving us way better informed and feeling empowered.
Comedian Robinson (You Can't Touch My Hair) spins stories that are laugh-out-loud funny yet carry an unmistakable undertone of seriousness regarding sexism and race relations. As a woman of color in stand-up comedy often the arena of white men Robinson has faced harassment (including fellow comedians catcalling her on and off the stage), and her anger fuels bold proclamations that should inspire women to push back against sexism and discrimination ("Women have to stop apologizing for things they don't need to apologize for"). She is especially on point when discussing the highs and lows of race relations, believing that America had changed for the better in 2008 ("It felt like a new era, and anything was possible because there was proof of it every day in the Oval Office") and then for the worse in 2016 ("We have a president... who behaves as though all African-Americans live in the inner city"). The author also touches on lighter topics as well, such as Oprah's endorsement of Robinson's first book ("Queen O continued with her message, and it was beyond lovely"), the difficulties of modern dating, and even the importance of good skin care. Robinson's side-splitting memoir will both entertain and empower her readers.