You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey Lib/E: Crazy Stories about Racism (Compact Disc)

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Amber & Lacey's stories are hilarious & absolutely devastating. As a white woman it was extremely eye-opening to me to see how many racist experiences a Black person can have in their daily lives. I thought I had a good idea, but this was pretty revelatory.

— Suzanna

The wit and rapport of the sister-authors make this book easy to recommend, easy to pick up, and easy to start, and once you’re reading, you can’t turn away. Amber and Lacey are hilarious, especially when ribbing each other in true sister style, but simultaneously, they opened my eyes in a powerful way. I've read books about racism before, but the way this book was structured, as a look at racist incidents throughout one person's life (sometimes through two people's lives)—it struck me in an entirely new way than anything I've read before. Before this I don’t think I had any idea of the commonness, the frequency, and the sheer stupid ridiculousness of the racism that Black Americans face daily, and the way these writers brought that home—using biting, wildly funny humor, no less—is masterful.

— Anna

January 2021 Indie Next List

“I didn’t think it was possible to combine education and humor so effectively in a book about racism, but Ruffin and Lamar proved me wrong. This incredibly well-structured, digestible, challenging, and engaging book opened my eyes to the many ways racism can permeate every interaction in Black people’s lives. The way the sisters play off each other and how Ruffin reflects on Lamar’s experience in contrast to her own make the book especially accessible. A must-read!”
— Emily Autenrieth, A Seat at the Table Books, Elk Grove, CA


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 is 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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781549162398
ISBN-10: 154916239X
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: January 12th, 2021
Language: English