A Comedian Solves Race Relations in America
Grand Central Publishing
On Sale: June 9, 2015
Hardcover / e-Book
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From former SNL "Weekend Update" host and legendary stand-up
Colin Quinn comes a controversial and laugh-out-loud
investigation into cultural and ethnic stereotypes.
Colin Quinn has noticed a trend during his decades on the
road-that Americans' increasing political correctness and
sensitivity have forced us to tiptoe around the subjects of
race and ethnicity altogether. Colin wants to know: What are
we all so afraid of? Every ethnic group has differences,
everyone brings something different to the table, and this
diversity should be celebrated, not denied. So why has
acknowledging these cultural differences become so taboo?
In THE COLORING BOOK, Colin, a native New Yorker, tackles
this issue head-on while taking us on a trip through the
insane melting pot of 1970s Brooklyn, the many, many dive
bars of 1980s Manhattan, the comedy scene of the 1990s, and
post-9/11 America. He mixes his incredibly candid and
hilarious personal experiences with no-holds-barred
observations to definitively decide, at least in his own
mind, which stereotypes are funny, which stereotypes are
based on truths, which have become totally distorted over
time, and which are actually offensive to each group, and why.
As it pokes holes in the tapestry of fear that has overtaken
discussions about race, THE COLORING BOOK serves as an
antidote to our paralysis when it comes to laughing at
ourselves . . . and others.
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