For anyone who has listened to her podcast "2 Dope Queens," you know Phoebe Robinson's voice to be funny, familiar, and opinionated. In You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain, she has written a collection of essays that confronts race, gender, and getting along in the world in a very personal and meaningful way. It is also funny--and, yes, there are a ton of pop culture references.
You can see all of Phoebe Robinson's favorite reads of 2016 below, or look here for more celebrity favorites. Or you can learn more about the Amazon Books Editors' picks for the Best Books of the Year.
Phoebe Robinson's favorite reads of 2016
Milk & Honey by Rupi KaurIt's so raw, empowering, beautiful, and moving. Plus, it's a collection of poems that you can read in one sitting, but don't let that fool you. It's a work that demands to be revisited often, and is a shining example of why poetry is necessary.
Contagious by Jonah BergerI really love this because part of my career is rooted in getting people to like the things I do. Contagious gave me excellent insight into why things go viral or become popular, and how so much of it is due to word of mouth. Pretty much everyone is advertising for products in their everyday lives. How many times am I singing the praises of a new gadget/restaurant/clothing line? All. The. Time. We all are, and as Berger proves, we can make anything contagious if we want to.
The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America by Tamara Winfrey HarrisThis is required reading for all black women. We live in a world that does not see us or believe us, so we are misrepresented all the time. This book combats that social ill, and reminds us of all the amazing things black women are capable of and have achieved. You know what? I take it back. This book is required reading for everyone.