How to Rent a Negro

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Overview

A hilarious and satirical look at race relations that is almost too close for comfort, this pseudo-guidebook gives both renters and rentals "much-needed" advice and tips on technique. Reframing actual stories, techniques, requests, and responses gathered from the author's more than 30 years of research and experience, tips are provided in step-by-step outlines for renters to get the most for their money, and how rentals can become successful and wealthy, what they should wear, and topics of conversation to avoid....

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Overview

A hilarious and satirical look at race relations that is almost too close for comfort, this pseudo-guidebook gives both renters and rentals "much-needed" advice and tips on technique. Reframing actual stories, techniques, requests, and responses gathered from the author's more than 30 years of research and experience, tips are provided in step-by-step outlines for renters to get the most for their money, and how rentals can become successful and wealthy, what they should wear, and topics of conversation to avoid. The book also serves up photo-dramatizations of some of the popular approaches covered in the book, handy tip-boxes, frequently asked questions for renters and rentals, a "How do I know if I'm being rented" quiz, a glossary of important terms, and "quickie" insta-rentals for those who need to rent on the go. Punctuated by quotes from former renters, and featuring rental diaries based on real encounters, this satire shocks and amuses, presenting a strikingly stark mirror of human relationships.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"As disarming and unrelenting as the title suggests." —Time Out Chicago

"Biting satire." —The Seattle Times

"A must-read book that gleefully blows past the boundaries of tentative talk on current race relations." —Bust

"Funny, biting and valuable." —Ruminator

"More than a clever book by a more-than-talented young voice." —DC Examiner

"Continues her work as an artist who challenges, with courage and wit, systems of white privilege, ideology, and oppression." —WhitePrivilege.com

"A hilariously comprehensive guide." —Chicago Reader

"Witty, empathetic, unsettling, hilarious. A kind of Miss Manners for the racially isolated yet yearning to connect." —The Nation

Time Out Chicago
As disarming and unrelenting as the title suggests.
Seattle Times
Biting satire.
Bust
A must-read book that gleefully blows past the boundaries of tentative talk on current race relations.
Ruminator
Funny, biting and valuable.
Willamette Week
Like all good satire, ayo's makes a serious point, and it's sharp.
WhitePrivilege.com
Continues her work as an artist who challenges, with courage and wit, systems of white privilege, ideology, and oppression.
KOMO-TV in Seattle
It got conversations going in our newsroom.
Punk Planet
"Relentlessly smart and wickedly humorous."
ymib.com
"Damali's work is amazing, and the capacity she holds for making a statement, for putting it on the table is beautiful and needed. Damali does not hide behind the mirror of life, but stands in front of it, looking at the reality of life straight in the face."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556525735
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/1/2005
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

damali ayo's web site, www.rent-a-negro.com, has been featured in media outlets including ABCNews.com, the Chicago Tribune, Harpers, Salon.com, the VillageVoice.com, and the Washington Post. A conceptual artist, she explores social issues through visual art and performance. She has received international acclaim and has been interviewed on the radio by Brian Lehrer, Joe Madison, Mancow Muller, and Tavis Smiley among others.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2006

    The 'Humorous' Title Makes Me Not Want To Read It

    I'm sure it's probably a really good read but from the title, I'm not sure we're at a place where that kind of title is funny it's just me but i'm kind of offended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2005

    Read It!

    Because I read this book I now realize that I have been an uncompensated Rental all my life! I plan to change that! :-) (Seriously, though, a great read for both black and white!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2005

    Oh Yeah - This Is Good!

    Black satire with truth and wit doesn't get any better than this book. Surely, diverse audiences will find Damali Ayo's book a hilarious and intelligent laugh fest. I think it should be required reading, especially for Blacks and Whites.

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