Book Review: You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey by Amber Ruffin & Lacey Lamar

Amber Ruffin has certainly experienced racism in her life, but having quickly left her home state of Nebraska for Chicago and then New York, she has largely avoided experiencing the worst of it. Her sister Lacey Lamar however, never left the state and has not been quite as lucky. Whenever the sisters would catch up over the years, Lacey would invariably have more than one tale to relay of the rampant, casual racism she would encounter in her day to day life, finally reaching a point where it seemed like the best thing to do with all of these stories would be to compile them into a book. And what a book it is. It keeps the lighthearted, conversational tone of 2 very funny sisters talking about their lives, which allows the reader to see the humor in many of these encounters, just as they do. There are more than a few moments here where it can be hard not be outraged, but perhaps pointing out the sheer absurdity of some of these moments, and even being able to laugh about them, can help people to see just how wrong they also are. Sure, hearing about this can be uncomfortable at times, and occasionally will feel a little too familiar, but it is only through learning and self-reflection that we will have any hope of moving beyond the problem. ★★★★★ – Sean Farrell

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