The “brilliantly wry” (Lena Dunham) and “lovably awkward” (Mindy Kaling)New York Timesbestseller from the creator of HBO’sInsecure.
In this universally accessibleNew York Timesbestseller named for her wildly popular web series, Issa Rae—“a singular voice with the verve and vivacity of uncorked champagne” (Kirkus Reviews)—waxes humorously on what it’s like to be unabashedly awkward in a world that regards introverts as hapless misfits and black as cool.
I’m awkward—and black. Someone once told me those were the two worst things anyone could be. That someone was right. Where do I start?
Being an introvert (as well as “funny,” according to theLos Angeles Times) in a world that glorifies cool isn’t easy. But when Issa Rae, the creator of the Shorty Award-winning hit seriesThe Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, is that introvert—whether she’s navigating love, the workplace, friendships, or “rapping”—it sure is entertaining. Now, in thisNew York Timesbestselling debut collection written in her witty and self-deprecating voice, Rae covers everything from cybersexing in the early days of the Internet to deflecting unsolicited comments on weight gain, from navigating the perils of eating out alone and public displays of affection to learning to accept yourself—natural hair and all.
The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girlis a book no one—awkward or cool, black, white, or other—will want to miss.
"With MISADVENTURES OF AWKWARD BLACK GIRL, Issa shows us why she is the queen of media and why we need a multiplicity of voices in the media." ―Los Angeles Times
"Issa Rae nailed it: Her bookTheMisadventures of Awkward Black Girlis why the term must-read exists." ―Marie Claire
"A book ripe with insights for the awkwardamong us." ―Cosmo
“For fans of Mindy Kaling’sIsEveryoneHanging Out without Me?. . . ). Already a strong voice for diversity in the media, Rae issomeone readers of all stripes will love getting to know, however awkwardly.” ―Booklist
About the Author
With her own unique flare and infectious sense of humor, Issa Rae’s content has garnered more than twenty-five million views and more than 200,000 subscribers on YouTube. In addition to making theForbes“30 Under 30” list twice and winning the 2012 Shorty Award for Best Web Show for her hit seriesThe Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, Issa Rae has worked on web content for Pharrell Williams, Tracey Edmonds, and numerous others. She developed a TV series with Shonda Rhimes for ABC and is currently developing a half-hour comedy,Insecure,for HBO. Issa has received national attention with major media outlets includingThe New York Times, CNN,Elle,Seventeen,Rolling Stone,VIBE,Fast Company, MSNBC,Essence, and more.