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Product Details

  • Series: Touchstone Books
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; First Edition edition (October 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439154929
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439154922
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #352,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"David's humor, wit and intelligence are as big as his penis...Huge! He is single-handedly keeping the black comedy myth alive." -- Chelsea Handler

"Barack Like Me is the most important book since Alex Haley's third book, Boots. With Barack Like Me, David Alan Grier has created a world of wizards and goblins that will surely become a great TV movie someday." -- Chris Rock

"Hilarious! Pure DAG, Barack Like Me is a magical romp through one man's history that offers Americans a chance to examine its own. Full of surprises and profound insights, DAG takes readers on a modern journey through the looking glass of his life." -- Dr. Drew Pinsky

"This book is funny and thought provoking. DAG may be the greatest Black American since Dr. Julius Washington Irving Carver!" -- Adam Carolla

"The definitive guide to American blackness. A masterwork. Grier triumphs again." -- Jimmy Kimmel

"This book will surprise and delight you. It's a splendid read!" -- Lewis Black

"[David Alan Grier] is a pompous, potty-mouthed, windbag" -- The New York Times

"A comic of undeniable charm and supple skills." -- The Washington Post

"Sketch genius David Alan Grier plays the race card. Shamelessly, perceptively, and hilariously." -- The Hollywood Reporter

About the Author

Grier’s television credits are abundant.   Grier is well known as being a principle cast member of the acclaimed television series “In Living Color,” where he helped to create some of that show’s most memorable characters, and also as a co-star on Bonnie Hunt’s hit ABC comedy “Life With Bonnie.”   He also starred on the hit NBC show “DAG” where he played the title character, as well Keeping his close comedic relationship with the Wayans’ brothers, he co-starred with Damon Wayans in “Damon.” He also starred in the television miniseries “The 60s,” and “King of Texas” for cable television.

In addition Grier has gained recognition for his numerous feature film roles, including “Baadasssss!” for director Mario Van Peebles, “The Woodsman” opposite Kevin Bacon and Mos Def, “15 Minutes,” “Boomerang,” “Bewitched,” “Jumanji” and Robert Altman’s “Streamers,” for which he won a Golden Lion Award for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival. David also co-wrote, produced and appeared in the independent film “Poker House,” Lori Petty’s directorial debut.

David recently appreared on the hit tv show Dancing With the Stars in which he danced his heart out for four episodes and then had a very public meltdown when he was eliminated that went viral on the internet. Grier also appeared in the Wayans Family's hit 2009 movie, 'Dance Flick' in which The New York Times gushed "Mr. Grier ultimately steals the movie with a tour-de-force". He is currently working on a stand-up comedy tour that may culminate in a special on Comedy Central about the experiences written about in Barack Like Me!!!


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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alla S. VINE VOICE on October 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
In "Barack Like Me: The Chocolate-Covered Truth," comedian David Alan Grier takes a comic look at last year's historical election, interspersing it with personal stories from his own life. The book itself is thus half memoir and half political commentary switching between the chapters. Through his own unique and hilarious perspective, Grier recounts the evening he hosted the election party, shares his attitude toward the political mood sweeping the nation, and details his subsequent efforts to secure a ticket to Obama's inauguration. At the same time, Grier recounts growing up in Detroit, the adolescent period during which he was fascinated with drugs and rock concerts, dropping out of college to move to New York, as well as backstage anecdotes from his celebrity life on shows like "In Living Color" and "Dancing with the Stars." Through it all, Grier is not afraid to acknowledge his mistakes and share some behind-the-scenes gossip. Grier's humor tends to stay charmingly self-deprecating as he laughs at his own big ego, anger management issues, and child-like adulation for Barack. The frequent re-appearance of his sarcastic wife Christine also adds to the overall humor. The writing itself is witty and conversational, light and informal. There are constant flashbacks between Grier's past and present, with the stories themselves reminiscent of anecdotes told to friends at a dinner party or shared with viewers during an evening of stand-up comedy. Overall, this book was a quick and entertaining read.
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By Roxms2003 on February 23, 2013
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Interesting audiobook about David Alan Grier's history as an African-American male growing up in America and his support and admiration of the president.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Troy Johnson on February 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
It's not a good sign when the author of a book is already making apologies in the preface for what you're about to read. That's what we have in the case of Barack Like Me by David Alan Grier, a disjointed rise of Obama memoir. This ill-conceived tome's problems start with the front cover photo, on which we find the author posed giving an "OK" hand signal while wearing a powdered wig and a patriot's uniform from the Revolutionary War Era.

Despite the fact that Mr. Grier has an impressive pedigree including a degree from Yale and a Tony Award nomination, the sophomoric level of the political analysis here gets no deeper than, "Barack is president. Black is in. Black is cool. Everybody wants to be black now. But Obama black. Tiger Woods black. Halle Berry black. Not Samuel L. Jackson black. Or OJ black. Or Mike Tyson black." Yet, in the very next chapter, he talks abut attending the inauguration and how Samuel L. Jackson was invited to the White House for breakfast.

A transparent take-the-money-and-run rip-off of no substance designed simply to cash-in on the president's popularity.

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tabitha on October 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I've loved David Alan Grier since his In Living Color days and was sad to see the Chocolate News canceled. I really thought it would be his big break--a long overdue break. Very happy to see this book at the store. The read was fantastic. It's definitely an interesting mix of his life story and also his views on society and American politics and celebrity culture. I had no idea he was a Yale graduate. I loved reading about how DAG felt when the Chocolate News was canceled by Comedy Central, that he turned down the initial offer to be on In Living Color (wait till you read about what happened when Mike Tyson was upset that he'd been made fun of on the show), and gives us quite possibly the first-ever behind-the-scenes look at what it's really like to be on Dancing With the Stars (DAG was on steroids! Basically all of the contestants are!) I remember seeing the meltdown on youtube. DAG took his dancing very seriously. Ha! Reliving Obama's ascent to the presidency through DAG's eyes was also really great and kind of brought tears to my eyes which was a surprise. All in all, a great book. And I love the cover, looks great on my shelf. Everyone asks about it. Definitely worth the money.
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