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Barack Like Me: The Chocolate-Covered Truth (Touchstone Books) Hardcover – October 6, 2009
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"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
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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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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I enjoyed this book. It is indeed funny. I appreciate it because it gives us a glimpse of the life of the author (David Alan Grier, the person growing up, through the adolescent... Read morePublished on November 25, 2011 by Dubyac99
Because of my particular interests, I believe this is the first book by an African-American author that I have read since Arthur Haley's Roots. Read morePublished on January 18, 2010 by Lucas Cole
David Alan Grier (DAG) tells his life story, framed by Barack Obama's inauguration. Part fantasy, part memoir, and mainly funny, this quick read shows another side of DAG. Read morePublished on December 22, 2009 by Pink Peaks