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Obamistan! Land Without Racism: Your Guide to the New America Paperback – April 1, 2010

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569762430
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569762431
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,282,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Teases out the foibles of racial dissonance with penetrating subtlety."  —Washington Examiner

"Uncomfortable? Sure. But How To Rent a Negro is also funny, biting and valuable."  —Ruminator

"damali ayo has a nuanced, observant, and thought-provoking perspective on how racism works. What she also possesses, though, is a wickedly wry sense of humor, fully at play in Obamistan.  —Harry Allen, Media Assassin and hip-hop activist

"I'd been having this bad dream, that racism was still a problem. But damali ayo's Obamistan is like a warm cup of milk and a muscle relaxer! She's a brilliant humorist, and this ironic romp through post-racial America is pure genius."  —Tim Wise, author, White Like Me and Between Barack and a Hard Place

"Funny, pointed, and consistently absorbing."  —Davy Rothbart, creator, Found Magazine, and reporter, This American Life

About the Author

damali ayo is the author of How to Rent a Negro. She is the creator of the popular rent-a-negro.com, a satirical website that explores race, and the National Day of Panhandling for Reparations, a nationwide street performance. Her work has been featured in ABCnews.com, Harpers, NPR, Time.com, and the Wall Street Journal, as well as for various international newspapers.

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Hello Amazon readers,
I am so happy to meet you here on my author page.

I have journeyed through work as a conceptual artist, performance artist, public speaker, radio essayist, and humorist. Through all my creative expressions, writing has proven to be the form of expression that is able both to convey all I have to offer the world and reach the widest range of people. Thank you for being one of those people.

My first two books addressed an issue I have grappled with all my life, racism. For a time, it seemed that nearly everything I did, and everything people wanted from me revolved around race. I created two works of satirical humor to address this plaguing issue in a way that was engaging, challenging, and dynamic. I am happy to say that both of my first two books did just that. I am also happy to say that I have come to know myself as more than an author that writes about race. I am hoping that now you will come to know me in new ways as well.

My new work is truly personal. I have so many stories to share with you from a full life of varied and deeply felt experiences. I hope to have a long relationship with writing and with you as a reader. My greatest wish is to write work that keeps you engaged to want more, and thus keep me writing.

I welcome you to visit my web site [damaliayo.com] and join me in my garden of stories for a cup of tea.


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By Jessica M on December 6, 2013
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Really funny satirical approach to revealing this nation's flaws when it comes to racism. Some opportunities to address some really hard-hitting issues, I feel, were lost because she focused too much on the funny and not enough on the issue. Still a great read! Easy to comprehend and it really makes you think how great we could have it, but we don't.
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Damali Ayo has managed to bring humor to bear on one of our nation's most serious issues in a style that makes it easy for anyone to understand. I challenge anyone to read this book and try to see the world in the same old way. You will find yourself laughing and learning; learning and laughing page after delightful page.

B. W. Patterson
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