2 Dope Queens comedian and actor Robinson (Everything’s Trash but It’s Okay) serves up, in her characteristic laugh-out-loud voice, what it means to be a young, Black success story in this inimitable, comedic tell-all. Robinson gleefully dips into the cultural artifacts of the pandemic and beyond with earnest insights on America’s racial and political developments, skyrocketing to fame while building her “mini empire,” her fully self-possessed “worship at the altar of Angela Bassett,” and quarantining while in a relationship. In “2020 Was Gonna Be My Year! (LOL),” Robinson recounts bingeing Mad Men to catch up on American cultural currency, because “well, we can’t all be goop,” while “Guide to Being a Boss from Someone Who Has Been Building a Mini Empire for the Past Two Years and Counting” offers 11 business tips that “Warren Buffet Should’ve Told Ya,” including that everyone lies during job interviews. (Her former employers believed, for example, that she “could put together a PowerPoint presentation like Don Draper.”) And the title phrase, Robinson writes, is “a directive I’ve said to almost every white being entering my space.” Her no-holds-barred essays are deliciously confessional—no topic is deprived of caps lock or gushing footnotes. Robinson’s legions of fans are in for a treat. Agent: Robert Guinsler, Sterling Lord Literistic. (Sept.)
[A]nother hilarious essay collection from Phoebe Robinson.”
—The New York Times Book Review
“Strikes the perfect balance of brutally honest and laugh out loud funny. I didn’t want it to end.”
—Mindy Kaling, New York Times bestselling author of Why Not Me?
“Phoebe Robinson has done it again! While exploring topics ranging from being the boss to helping me determine which wigs are my zoom standbys, Pheebs keeps the comic relief coming. I’ve never looked forward to reading footnotes so much. Come for the laughs, stay for her vulnerability. You just might find yourself walking away lighter and braver.”
—Austin Channing Brown, New York Times bestselling author of I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness
“Phoebe’s the G.O.A.T when it comes to honest and hilarious storytelling, and Please Don’t Sit on my Bed in Your Outside Clothes is no exception. Her writing is a masterclass in transforming life’s most complicated parts into relatable gems. Righteous, ratchet, sincere, and downright entertaining, I couldn't put Please Don't Sit on my Bed down.”
—Hasan Minhaj, Comedian, Actor, Producer
"She did it again! Whip-smart, laugh-out-loud, and unabashedly honest, this collection feels like a long awaited weekend with an old friend. Phoebe brings you in with her hilarity, and keeps you with her unparalleled social commentary. After the past year, I needed this!"
—Abbi Jacobson, New York Times bestselling author of I Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities, and Other Stuff
“Phoebe Robinson continues to be one of the most interesting, thoughtful and hilarious writers of our generation. She’s so relatable and captivating and especially gifted at illustrating the ridiculous side of humanity comically while striking you right through your heart without you realizing it. Frankly, How dare she be this gifted and cool and hot? It’s disrespectful. F*ck her. I hate Phoebe Robinson.”
—Jameela Jamil, Actress, Author, Activist
"Comedian Phoebe Robinson delivers another hilarious-yet-poignant collection of essays about her life and work."
—Entertainment Weekly, Best New Books of September 2021
"Robinson gives a third dose of her hilarious observations about choosing childlessness, living in close quarters, and stomaching performative allyship."
"[Please Don’t Sit on My Bed in Your Outside Clothes] illuminates the comedian’s thoughts on a variety of topics, from the Black Lives Matter movement to COVID-19 quarantine to the decision she made not to have children. Throughout, Robinson is brutally honest, and applies her humor in clever ways."
"Phoebe Robinson is as hilarious as ever in her third book...not only is the bestselling author’s work super funny, it’s also enlightening and thought-provoking."
"Phoebe Robinson knows the world is upside down right now, but she's going to give you plenty of reasons to laugh anyway in her latest essay collection …. there's no topic Robinson is afraid to tackle with her trademark wit and incisive eye."
—PopSugar, Best New Books of September
“A funny, heartfelt, joyful third book… Separately, Robinson’s hot takes on life mostly hold their own, but when taken together, they create a satisfying, hilarious tapestry.”
—Kirkus (starred review)
“Here, like in her previous books, Robinson’s writing feels like talking to an old friend…Robinson has written her best book yet, and her relatable humor will have readers coming back for more.”
—Library Journal (starred review)
“Whether she’s sharing what she’s learned about being a boss, tossing out statistics on mental-health care, or revealing that she’s made great progress in loving her natural hair though the journey will probably never be over, Robinson’s writing style is all her own and readers will love her for it.”
“[Robinson's] no-holds-barred essays are deliciously confessional – no topic is deprived of caps lock or gushing footnotes. Robinson’s legions of fans are in for a treat.”
Following up her previous best-selling books (You Can't Touch My Hair; Everything's Trash, But It's Okay), stand-up comedian Robinson, who rose to success with the podcast and TV specials 2 Dope Queens, now presents a collection of laugh-out-loud essays and introspective musings on her life and career so far. Fans of Robinson's podcast and previous books will be familiar with her love of U2 and her path to embracing her natural hair; she writes more on those subjects here and also muses on womanhood, motherhood (of lack thereof), Blackness, and more. Here, like in her previous books, Robinson's writing feels like talking to an old friend, especially when she recounts living with her boyfriend during the pandemic and learning to embrace each other's flaws. The author is at her most vulnerable when detailing her path to launching an imprint, Tiny Reparations Books, and the challenges she faced along the way. Other standout essays relay both the stress and freedom of traveling as a Black woman, unpack the pitfalls of self-care, and interrogate the performative activism of 2020; Black women, especially, will feel seen and heard. VERDICT Robinson has written her best book yet, and her relatable humor will have readers coming back for more.—Stephanie Sendaula, Library Journal
A funny, heartfelt, joyful third book from the 2 Dope Queens star and author of You Can’t Touch My Hair.
Separately, Robinson’s hot takes on life mostly hold their own, but when taken together, they create a satisfying, hilarious tapestry. Featuring the author’s own style, replete with abbreviated language (“Mother Naych” for Mother Nature) and hashtags (“#NoNewFriendsOrAcquaintancesOrWorldlyExperiences”)—which may not appeal to some readers—this steady-clip read provides us with an intimate setting that feels akin to a vibrant conversation with a friend, entertaining as it informs. Society’s pandemic helplessness and mishaps underlie several pieces, most of which will resonate with readers. In a related vein, the author examines the seemingly ever expanding commoditization of “self-care” in the bluntly titled chapter, “Self-Care Is Not a Candle and Therapy Is Not a Notebook: How We Are Doing the Most and the Absolute Least at the Same Damn Time.” Also at the forefront are Robinson’s current life status, as she tackles topics including running her own business, performative allyship (“if you really want a taste of what Blackness has to offer, look around you….Feel secondhand joy when you see a Black family having a good-ass time together. Listen to Black people in the workplace when they have really good ideas. Don’t save us. See us”), and the decision to not have children. It’s important, she notes, that “no matter what a woman chooses, everyone will refrain from judgment because choosing to be a mother and choosing to be childfree are both decisions worth celebrating because the celebration is in the fact that a woman chose the trajectory of her life.” Robinson also pens a love letter to her natural hair: “Full disclosh: I have 4A/B hair in the front third of my head while the rest is 4C and those mofos ain’t trying to work together.” Throughout, the robust prose moves smoothly, making for a thoroughly enjoyable reading experience.
Longtime fans will recognize the hilarity, and newbies will appreciate the frank thoughtfulness.