The Chocolate-Covered Truth
On Sale: October 6, 2009
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FROM GROWING UP IN DETROIT, where he marched as a
ten-year-old with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to attending
the inauguration of President Barack Obama, where he
narrowly avoided the Purple Tunnel of Doom but still saw
nothing, David Alan Grier examines how he -- and America --
have changed for the better and the funnier.Within these
pages, Grier imagines being called to serve in President
Obama's cabinet as the "secretary of mirth"; takes you to a
wild and emotional election night party he hosted that
didn't go as planned; explains the true meaning of the
"magical Negro"; recalls the formative episodes from his
life -- including being rejected by the Black Panthers at
their headquarters door and turning down the initial offer
to work on In Living Color -- and for the first time ever
sneaks you backstage at Dancing with the Stars, where he
exposes the inner workings of the show -- the camaraderie
between dancers and stars, the excruciatingly painful
rehearsals, the outrageous preparations, and each hysterical
moment of his four-episode appearance and subsequent public
meltdown.Grier unabashedly muses on politics, culture, and
race while recounting his own life story in this edgy,
timeless, hilarious, and revelatory memoir and look at all
things Barack.Barack Like Me is David Alan Grier at his best
-- the man, comic, and twenty-first-century thinker --
funny, brilliant, and original.
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