I am learning: a comedian reading their own audiobook is a good way to go. (Eddie Izzard next?) But W. Kamau Bell is not your average comedian, and his Awkward Thoughts is not your average comedian’s book. There’s not a punch line in every paragraph; sometimes there isn’t one on a whole page. Bell is funny, but the laughs seem almost secondary: he’s most interested in being awkward (in the best way), by putting himself, and us, in uncomfortable situations and talking his way calmly through them, whether it’s finding his way as a “Blerd” (a black nerd), breaking into open-mic comedy, or confronting his own sexism. It’s like spending time with your most thoughtful, reasonable, and challenging friend.
—Tom Nissley, Phinney Books, Seattle, WA
(As always, audio downloads can be ordered from Phinney Books’ partners at Libro.fm.)
Phinney Books and other local, independent bookstores can get you books in the formats you want, whether it’s paper, digital audio, audio CD, or digital. (Like all bookstores, indies just have to be patient on paperbacks sometimes.)