You Can't Touch My Hair

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You Can't Touch My Hair
320 pages; Plume
The gut-and patriarchy-busting essay collection You Can't Touch My Hair (Plume) marks the literary grand entrance of comedian Phoebe Robinson, who deploys pop culture expertise to call out society's injustice to black women. With topics ranging from the damned-if-you-do-damned-if-you-don't history of haircare to how to avoid the soul-sucking role of best black friend, Robinson shows us that life teems with casual racism, and the best way to root it out is with a razor-sharp wit. 
— Natalie Beach