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New York Times bestselling author, comedian, actress, and producer Phoebe Robinson is back with a new essay collection that is equal parts thoughtful, hilarious, and sharp about human connection, race, hair, travel, dating, Black excellence, and more. Written in Phoebe's unforgettable voice and with her unparalleled wit, Robinson's latest collection, laced with spot-on pop New York Times bestselling author, comedian, actress, and producer Phoebe Robinson is back with a new essay collection that is equal parts thoughtful, hilarious, and sharp about human connection, race, hair, travel, dating, Black excellence, and more. Written in Phoebe's unforgettable voice and with her unparalleled wit, Robinson's latest collection, laced with spot-on pop culture references, takes on a wide range of topics. From the values she learned from her parents (including, but not limited to, advice on not bringing outside germs onto your clean bed) to her and her boyfriend, lovingly known as British Baekoff, deciding to have a child-free union, to the way the Black Lives Matter movement took center stage in America, and, finally, the continual struggle to love her 4C hair, each essay is packed with humor and humanity. By turns insightful, laugh-out-loud funny, and heartfelt, Please Don't Sit On My Bed In Your Outside Clothes is not only a brilliant look at our current cultural moment, but a collection that will stay with you for years to come.


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New York Times bestselling author, comedian, actress, and producer Phoebe Robinson is back with a new essay collection that is equal parts thoughtful, hilarious, and sharp about human connection, race, hair, travel, dating, Black excellence, and more. Written in Phoebe's unforgettable voice and with her unparalleled wit, Robinson's latest collection, laced with spot-on pop New York Times bestselling author, comedian, actress, and producer Phoebe Robinson is back with a new essay collection that is equal parts thoughtful, hilarious, and sharp about human connection, race, hair, travel, dating, Black excellence, and more. Written in Phoebe's unforgettable voice and with her unparalleled wit, Robinson's latest collection, laced with spot-on pop culture references, takes on a wide range of topics. From the values she learned from her parents (including, but not limited to, advice on not bringing outside germs onto your clean bed) to her and her boyfriend, lovingly known as British Baekoff, deciding to have a child-free union, to the way the Black Lives Matter movement took center stage in America, and, finally, the continual struggle to love her 4C hair, each essay is packed with humor and humanity. By turns insightful, laugh-out-loud funny, and heartfelt, Please Don't Sit On My Bed In Your Outside Clothes is not only a brilliant look at our current cultural moment, but a collection that will stay with you for years to come.

30 review for Please Don't Sit on My Bed in Your Outside Clothes: Essays

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rachael Fryman

    You are going to want to pre-order this one! Available September 28, 2021! One Sentence Summary: A smart and funny essay collection that will entertain and educate in only the way Phoebe Robinson can. Reminds Me of: I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual meets Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea Three Reasons You Should Read This: 1) This was most anticipated read of the year and will most likely be my FAVORITE read of the year. 2) While Phoebe uses silly words and pop culture references often (m You are going to want to pre-order this one! Available September 28, 2021! One Sentence Summary: A smart and funny essay collection that will entertain and educate in only the way Phoebe Robinson can. Reminds Me of: I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual meets Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea Three Reasons You Should Read This: 1) This was most anticipated read of the year and will most likely be my FAVORITE read of the year. 2) While Phoebe uses silly words and pop culture references often (much to my enjoyment, mind you), it always works well with the actual substance of each essay. She is the best at making meaningful commentary on the world while making you LLOL aka LITERALLY laugh out loud. 3) This is Phoebe's third book, and while I whole-heartedly recommend you read ALL three, I think each one has gotten better and better! P.S.) Is the title and cover not reason enough?! P.S.S) This book is being published on Ms. Robinson very own brand new imprint: Tiny Reparations! One Thing You Should Know Before You Pick it Up: If you aren't up on your pop culture and/or you don't know much about U2, keep your phone handy for Google reference! You might even want to do a little research on U2 beforehand, because you will be hearing about them! *Disclaimer: I received an advance reading copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley.*

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

    Phoebe Robinson has a new book out and I WANT IT

  3. 5 out of 5

    britt_brooke

    Ok, Phoebe, let’s hang out already! I. So. Wish. She’s such a funny storyteller and incredibly honest in her weirdness. Makes me feel better about my idiosyncrasies. These essays cover a wide variety. Very relatable and often educational. Still trying to wrap my head around outside vs inside clothes. 😂 If you haven’t listened to her books yet, you’re missing out!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Misse Jones

    So here’s the tea: this ish right here was HILARIOUS! From the books title, Please Don’t Sit On My Bed In Your Outside Clothes (which by the way is always a debate-worthy topic), to the relatable chapter headings and content to the very considerate and timely set of pop-culture references weaved throughout. Johnson brings us all the juice in this new essay collection with themes that run the gamut including race, hair, dating, and Black excellence. I think what I enjoy most about this particular So here’s the tea: this ish right here was HILARIOUS! From the books title, Please Don’t Sit On My Bed In Your Outside Clothes (which by the way is always a debate-worthy topic), to the relatable chapter headings and content to the very considerate and timely set of pop-culture references weaved throughout. Johnson brings us all the juice in this new essay collection with themes that run the gamut including race, hair, dating, and Black excellence. I think what I enjoy most about this particular grouping of stories is how the author was able to pack so much relevant information into such candid and vivid personal accounts and yet still kept it light and humor-filled. Hitting on topics pertaining to the pandemic and quarantining, the Black Lives Matter Movement, struggles with 4c hair, what it means to be a Black woman boss, and my favorite discussion about how self-care is not a candle and therapy is not a notebook. Please Don’t Sit On My Bed In Your Outside Clothes I liken to having a long convo over brunch with your besties after social distancing for well over a year. Incredible! Say that ish, Sis!!! Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Group Dutton for granting me an advanced electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Simone

    I received this book as an advanced proof via a Goodreads giveaway. This felt like an absolutely great gift. I loved reading Phoebe Robinson’s You Can’t Touch My Hair, and this was fabulous as well. We are living in a f*cked up world; this book helped me feel validated. While I was also laughing my ass off.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    Reading Please Don't Sit on My Bed is like visiting with an old friend, catching up on what she experienced during quarantine; learning from her experience as a Black woman in America, running an empire and dating a Brit; and celebrating all of her hard work and amazing accomplishments - a new production company AND imprint! Amazing! She addresses important topics, while always making you laugh, as a good friend should. Her abrevs (abbreviations) and footnotes are a bonus. Looking forward to all Reading Please Don't Sit on My Bed is like visiting with an old friend, catching up on what she experienced during quarantine; learning from her experience as a Black woman in America, running an empire and dating a Brit; and celebrating all of her hard work and amazing accomplishments - a new production company AND imprint! Amazing! She addresses important topics, while always making you laugh, as a good friend should. Her abrevs (abbreviations) and footnotes are a bonus. Looking forward to all she does next!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

    DNF @ 27% I have no interest in business or 'building an empire' so this got to be a bit too much and yes, got a bit eh about the ins and outs of it all (the necessity of firing a bad employee was not what I wanted to spend my time on). DNF @ 27% I have no interest in business or 'building an empire' so this got to be a bit too much and yes, got a bit eh about the ins and outs of it all (the necessity of firing a bad employee was not what I wanted to spend my time on).

  8. 5 out of 5

    Christine Wiggins

    I fucking love Phoebe Robinson! She is an absolute Boss and I loved this collection. Extremely timely hitting on numerous topics of the last 2ish years, such as the BLM movement, pandemic, and the capitalism of “self care.”

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tara Bryant (boxedwineandbooks)

    Buy 👏 this 👏 book! 👏 Phoebe is consistently hilarious, original and honest. Her essays cover the creation of her up-and-coming empire (Tiny Reparations), quarantine with British Baekoff (her boyfriend’s nickname), traveling as a Black woman and more. If you haven’t heard her podcasts or watched her shows, give this a try on audio for the full Dope Queen Pheebs experience. I read an advanced ebook, but have preordered a physical copy (note that preorders count toward first-week sales, so they rea Buy 👏 this 👏 book! 👏 Phoebe is consistently hilarious, original and honest. Her essays cover the creation of her up-and-coming empire (Tiny Reparations), quarantine with British Baekoff (her boyfriend’s nickname), traveling as a Black woman and more. If you haven’t heard her podcasts or watched her shows, give this a try on audio for the full Dope Queen Pheebs experience. I read an advanced ebook, but have preordered a physical copy (note that preorders count toward first-week sales, so they really help authors make bestseller lists!) and I will probably get it on audio as well when it’s available because I can imagine her cracking up telling some of these stories, just as I did reading them.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    The highlights include her highs and lows of being a Black woman with a mini empire, and her experience of being Black in Bournemouth, UK, where someone asked to take her picture because she was the first black person they ever saw. The constant abbreviations and hashtags made my head feel like it was going to explode. “Antisosh,” “monogs,” “pleaszh,” “cultch (culture),” “Hey Cuo, quick quesh” (Cuomo), “locaysh, “invitaysh,” and the biggest offender of all: #sorryisaacnewtnewt 🤦🏻‍♀️

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    Please Don't Sit On My Bed... is like having an ongoing convo with your friend throughout the stages of the pandemic: from the early stages of adapting to a WFH life in March 2020 to the racial injustices and performative allyships that would crop up later that year to the much harped-on discourse of self-care. While 2020-specific literature feels a little too soon, Phoebe tackles these topics with a voice that's irrepressibly delightful, zippy, and warm. It's easy to simultaneously laugh and th Please Don't Sit On My Bed... is like having an ongoing convo with your friend throughout the stages of the pandemic: from the early stages of adapting to a WFH life in March 2020 to the racial injustices and performative allyships that would crop up later that year to the much harped-on discourse of self-care. While 2020-specific literature feels a little too soon, Phoebe tackles these topics with a voice that's irrepressibly delightful, zippy, and warm. It's easy to simultaneously laugh and think critically as you're reading along. At times, the essays can feel overstuffed with jokes and hashtags. Or rather, you have to go through a string of multiple jokes to get past the intro of an essay. It's something that I noticed when I had read Everything's Trash, so it didn't come off as a complete surprise. Despite that, though, this is a very sharp, witty collection of writing that picks apart the absurdities that the pandemic brought into full view.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sachi Argabright

    PLEASE DON’T SIT ON MY BED IN YOUR OUTSIDE CLOTHES is the third collection of essays from actor, writer and comedian, Phoebe Robinson. Robinson’s witty writing style, filled with all kinds of great abbreviations and hilarious one liners, is so conversational that you won’t want to put it down. This collection hits on many topics from having to quarantining with someone you just moved in with, pandemic fatigue, how motherhood is romanticized in our culture, betting on yourself and being the boss, PLEASE DON’T SIT ON MY BED IN YOUR OUTSIDE CLOTHES is the third collection of essays from actor, writer and comedian, Phoebe Robinson. Robinson’s witty writing style, filled with all kinds of great abbreviations and hilarious one liners, is so conversational that you won’t want to put it down. This collection hits on many topics from having to quarantining with someone you just moved in with, pandemic fatigue, how motherhood is romanticized in our culture, betting on yourself and being the boss, interracial dating, performative allyship, and taking care of your mental health. Robinson strikes a great balance between funny anecdotes and serious issues, and her unique perspective is something you won’t want to miss. I’ve always loved Phoebe Robinson as she’s super funny, wonderfully outspoken, and a fellow Clevelander like me! While I really enjoyed her second book (EVERYTHING’S TRASH, BUT IT’S OKAY), I liked this one even more. This book is so reflective of the world and climate we are in right now, and hit on so many things that resonated with me. I especially appreciated Robinson’s comments on mental health and reactions from non-Black individuals during the social unrest last summer sparked by the murder of George Floyd. Every single essay was great, and I think it has a lot to offer for any reader. Lastly, I highly recommend listening to the audiobook (for any of her books, honestly), as it is read by Robinson herself and has that extra layer of personality and comedic touch. Great for readers who are looking for essays that are critical, thought provoking, and comedic all at the same time!

  13. 4 out of 5

    smalltownbookmom

    A funny and highly relatable collection of essays by comedian and #bossbabe Phoebe Robinson. She covers a wide range of topics from pandemic life, being childfree by choice, interracial dating, being your own boss, self-care and mental health, being Black in America, Black hair care and the right way to be an ally, to name but a few. Excellent on audio read by the author and full of pop culture references. This was a great read that is sure to have something everyone can take away from the exper A funny and highly relatable collection of essays by comedian and #bossbabe Phoebe Robinson. She covers a wide range of topics from pandemic life, being childfree by choice, interracial dating, being your own boss, self-care and mental health, being Black in America, Black hair care and the right way to be an ally, to name but a few. Excellent on audio read by the author and full of pop culture references. This was a great read that is sure to have something everyone can take away from the experience. Much thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my review copy! Recommended for fans of Samantha Irby, Issa Rae or Tiffany Haddish.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Listened to this audiobook in less than a day. I have loved all of Phoebe’s essay collections, but this one was excellent. She is so smart and so incredibly funny. The essay on quarantining with your partner had me laughing and crying. The essays on performative activism (we all know someone that posted a black square after George Floyd died and then acted like racism was over) and the monetization of selfcare (we don’t need our Apple Watches and apps to prove to us that we are doing a good job Listened to this audiobook in less than a day. I have loved all of Phoebe’s essay collections, but this one was excellent. She is so smart and so incredibly funny. The essay on quarantining with your partner had me laughing and crying. The essays on performative activism (we all know someone that posted a black square after George Floyd died and then acted like racism was over) and the monetization of selfcare (we don’t need our Apple Watches and apps to prove to us that we are doing a good job taking care of ourselves and self-soothing is not self-care) were both thought provoking. Sad it’s over already.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin

    Listening to this on audio was like a 9 1/2 hour stand-up routine and had me laughing out loud at least every ten seconds. I loved it SO much. I so appreciated her perspective on everything, full of hilarity and honesty and warmth and also depth, and I learned many things throughout all the laughter, and would have kept listening forever if I could have! Absolutely top-notch.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Mitchell

    Audiobook is the way to go with this one. Phoebe reading her own book makes it so much more hilarious. Her viewpoints definitely don't always match my own but it's was great to hear about what her past and future hold in building her life and empire. The cultural references will make you LOL. Audiobook is the way to go with this one. Phoebe reading her own book makes it so much more hilarious. Her viewpoints definitely don't always match my own but it's was great to hear about what her past and future hold in building her life and empire. The cultural references will make you LOL.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Maureen

    Loved from beginning to end.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Meghan Kacmarcik

    Another collection of smart, funny, meaningful essays by Phoebe Robinson. If you have never listened to or read Phoebe's work before, all the abbreviations and hashtags might be distracting but if you can read it in her voice (thanks podcasts), you will appreciate them. Another collection of smart, funny, meaningful essays by Phoebe Robinson. If you have never listened to or read Phoebe's work before, all the abbreviations and hashtags might be distracting but if you can read it in her voice (thanks podcasts), you will appreciate them.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    Date reviewed/posted: July 13, 2021 Publication date: September 28, 2021 When life for the entire galaxy and planet has turned on its end, you have personally decided to basically continue on #maskingup and #lockingdown to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #thirdwave ( #fourthwave #fifthwave?) is upon us, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. Plus it is hot as all heck and nothing is more appealing than sitting in front of a f Date reviewed/posted: July 13, 2021 Publication date: September 28, 2021 When life for the entire galaxy and planet has turned on its end, you have personally decided to basically continue on #maskingup and #lockingdown to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #thirdwave ( #fourthwave #fifthwave?) is upon us, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. Plus it is hot as all heck and nothing is more appealing than sitting in front of a fan with a kindle! I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. Turns out me looking like a bootleg Diana Ross on this book’s cover is not enough to entice folks to read this book. And it’s apparently insufficient to tell websites to put the following on their page: “Hilarious, smart, and very hot piece of A who makes the Mona Lisa look like a bowl of day-old refried beans—#SheBasic—wrote a great book, so buy it.” So what ARE you getting into, if you choose to buy this book? Please Don’t Sit on My Bed in Your Outside Clothes is my latest and timely essay collection! We’ve all been through a trying time, which is why I wrote something to make you laugh until you pee a little, feel until you want to rage a little, and think until you go back to laughing a little. That means telling you about the embarrassing accident that happened while quarantining with my boyfriend, the ways Black Lives Matter and performative allyship have taken center stage, my mom begrudgingly leaving her house so she could meet Michelle Obama, my decision to not have kids, and everything I’ve learned from running multiple companies (Pro tip: Always have a wig on standby for impromptu Zoom meetings). No pressure, but clicking “buy” right now is a win-win: you get all the laughs I drummed up; and I can sell a lot of copies for my brand new imprint, Tiny Reparations Books, and keep shelling out for extra guac. Okay, some essays were funny and some essays were just ... silly/inane/unrelatable to the point where I went to the next one. I am on the fence over this one - I will recommend this book to certain friends, patrons, and book clubs - but it was just not that enjoyable to me. (Hey, I said that I would be honest and sometimes that backfires..but I did FREAKING LOVE THE COVER...very divalicious!) As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I simply adore emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube Millionaires/snowflakes / literally-like-overusers etc. ") on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 🛏🛏

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    In her first book, I felt like I had found a nerdy best friend to talk Star Trek & U2 with but something has changed. With every book, I am relating less to Phoebe. All the hash tags & AFs in her second book turned be off but I thought I would give her another try. Nope its over. Its you Phoebe, not me. I was provided an ARC of this book from Netgalley for my fair review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    First of all- how fabulous does Phoebe look on the cover of her new book Please Don't Sit on My Bed with Your Outside Clothes? This is Phoebe Robinson's third collection of essays and I have read and enjoyed her first two and find her an utter delight- funny and insightful. This collection was written during the COVID pandemic and the initial quarantine, so it's timely and she writes how it forced her and her boyfriend (British Baekoff) to live together in a way they had not in the past, with he First of all- how fabulous does Phoebe look on the cover of her new book Please Don't Sit on My Bed with Your Outside Clothes? This is Phoebe Robinson's third collection of essays and I have read and enjoyed her first two and find her an utter delight- funny and insightful. This collection was written during the COVID pandemic and the initial quarantine, so it's timely and she writes how it forced her and her boyfriend (British Baekoff) to live together in a way they had not in the past, with her touring schedule and his traveling with bands. Her highlighting their relationship is a favorite part- both in terms of the humor, identifying the differences and similarities between them, and also how she related to him in some heavy political times. Where she lost me a bit was when when she diverged too much from how something was affecting her, and wrote more about the history of a topic, mostly because I knew a fair bit about the background and it took me out of the essays at times. When she brought it back to how something affected her, I was back in. For example, when she charted the history of the rise of antiracism and white people getting "woke", I was more invested when she described the complicated feelings she had being in an interracial relationship during the BLM protests, and how at times she wished she could turn over in bed and see the face of another Black person who would understand her feelings. My favorite essay was the first where she discusses her decision to not have children and the pressure and judgement that women face when making that decision, as well as the total nothing burger that happens when her boyfriend decided very early on he didn't want children. Her last essay about her 4C hair does a nice job of echoing back to her first essay collection. She continues to grow in her writing, become more of a force in the world, and I will look forward to book # 4!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    I’m a little unsure why no one seemed to have edited this book. Was there an editor? Like, actually? If there was, did that person understand their assignment? Sooo I guess I’ll step in, then, with some editorial thoughts: More jokes do not equal more humor. Let the good ones stand; ruthlessly cut the rest. They don’t serve you or your words. What works on a podcast doesn’t necessarily translate to a book. CC: truncating every other word, dropping deep-cut references, SHOUTING FOR EFFECT. Not say I’m a little unsure why no one seemed to have edited this book. Was there an editor? Like, actually? If there was, did that person understand their assignment? Sooo I guess I’ll step in, then, with some editorial thoughts: More jokes do not equal more humor. Let the good ones stand; ruthlessly cut the rest. They don’t serve you or your words. What works on a podcast doesn’t necessarily translate to a book. CC: truncating every other word, dropping deep-cut references, SHOUTING FOR EFFECT. Not saying we need to strive for formality here, but this read like a try-hard 300-page Instagram post. Stay focused. Think: what are you really trying to say? Voices don’t need to fit in neat little boxes — political, activist, humor, observational — and I’d argue that taking a layered approach is more interesting and human. In this case, though, I don’t know *who* this book is for. There are certainly funnier authors out there, if you want humor. There are more effective agents of social change, if you want activism. What are you bringing to the table? Edit, edit and edit some more. I counted multiple typos and instances of incorrect punctuation. Just no with that. Far more urgently, she also said crowds were chanting “blue lives matter” after the killing of Ma’Khia Bryant, and since the idea of that made me want to puke, I googled to read about it. It’s not true, and that does a disservice to everyone involved — particularly people doing the work to end to police shootings. They’re appalling enough without misinformation — which just fuels deniers — so let’s do better, please. Disappointing books make me sad.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Zibby Owens

    Writer, actor, comedian and producer, Phoebe Robinson has much to say about many things. And none of it is more timely than this hilarious collection of essays on everything from her experience moving in with her musician boyfriend during COVID to the title essay inspired by her parents’ devotion to a clean house. The book is at turns touching and laugh-out-loud funny. The author’s voice jumped off the page in every essay. She covered so many topics with a sensitivity that made me laugh, feel, a Writer, actor, comedian and producer, Phoebe Robinson has much to say about many things. And none of it is more timely than this hilarious collection of essays on everything from her experience moving in with her musician boyfriend during COVID to the title essay inspired by her parents’ devotion to a clean house. The book is at turns touching and laugh-out-loud funny. The author’s voice jumped off the page in every essay. She covered so many topics with a sensitivity that made me laugh, feel, and think. One of the most profound and powerful essays was about the author’s choice to not have children in a country where motherhood is seemingly everything. She wrote, "I write this, so you don't have to feel alone or cry yourself to sleep because you've been conditioned to feel like not being a mother means you are a failure, incapable of love, incapable of making the world better than it was before you entered it. I write this so women can free themselves from the pain and anguish of feeling like they don't know how to be a person. You are a person. You are worthy. You are whole. You are healing while you are whole. You are recovering from every comment, snide remark, and hurtful attack on your womanhood. I see the scars, and they are healing. And after the healing is over, you can go on living or start living for the first time, the life you have dreamed for yourself." To listen to my interview with the author, go to my podcast at: https://zibbyowens.com/transcript/pho...

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ann Marie

    Phoebe’s third book has completely solidified her status as a literary QUEEN. 👑 She’s an auto-buy author for me and I’m waiting with bated breath for my siiiigned copy to hit my mailbox soon. In the meantime though, I am beyond thankful to @tinyrepbooks for sending me a digital copy so I could go ahead and dive right in. Although quick confession - Not only do I sit on my bed on my outside clothes, but I’ve been known to snuggle under all the covers and NAP in them. I have now realized I am trash Phoebe’s third book has completely solidified her status as a literary QUEEN. 👑 She’s an auto-buy author for me and I’m waiting with bated breath for my siiiigned copy to hit my mailbox soon. In the meantime though, I am beyond thankful to @tinyrepbooks for sending me a digital copy so I could go ahead and dive right in. Although quick confession - Not only do I sit on my bed on my outside clothes, but I’ve been known to snuggle under all the covers and NAP in them. I have now realized I am trash, thanks to Phoebe. Again, this book, much like her first two, made me forget that we're not actual friends. She writes in such a warm, funny, genuine way that it feels more like a conversation. Favorite chapters in this book include quarantining with her significant other, the one describing how she made her own publishing imprint (we bow down), the commoditization of the self-care industry, and especially the one about being child-free, which she seemingly wrote for my sole benefit. 🙋🏼‍♀️ It wouldn't be a Phoebe Robinsinson book without amazing cultural references. The Jodie Foster Nell one actually made me spit laugh. Honorable mentions go to Betty Draper's washing machine and Usher's rainy videos. Okay, real talk. Is this book as laugh-out-loud funny as her previous two books? No it is not. However, there is more thoughtfulness, maturity (like I know anything about being mature🤦🏼‍♀️), and confidence in her writing and you can tell that she's really coming into her own. Yes, mid-thirties! 👵🏻 She's at her best when she speaks her truth, especially when talking about racial issues in our country. Her voice is NEEDED. Just go ahead and read everything she writes. 😍

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Well. I enjoyed "Everything's Trash. . . ", which I also listened to an audiobook, and I also enjoyed this one. As a narrator and a writer, Phoebe is a LOT--when I was driving to early morning workouts, I had to turn. off. my. phone. because Robinson full tilt at 5:30 am is way too much. But. She's funny, sharp, and entertaining. At times she shares way too much detail about stuff I'd really rather not hear about, but that's part of her schtick, and it also works in a lot of ways. Overall, the b Well. I enjoyed "Everything's Trash. . . ", which I also listened to an audiobook, and I also enjoyed this one. As a narrator and a writer, Phoebe is a LOT--when I was driving to early morning workouts, I had to turn. off. my. phone. because Robinson full tilt at 5:30 am is way too much. But. She's funny, sharp, and entertaining. At times she shares way too much detail about stuff I'd really rather not hear about, but that's part of her schtick, and it also works in a lot of ways. Overall, the book is interesting, enlightening, and funny, though I wonder about some of her political commentary: I know she knows Michelle Obama, but what other research has she done on various topics? She's so confident in her delivery that I'd find myself nodding and then bring myself up short: Wait. What's she basing this on? She does cite sources --somewhat repetitively: "As ____ writes in her ____ for _____ in _____" gets pretty old as an audio! In general, I think she's most effective (and funniest) when sharing her own experiences and insights. If you are game for rapid-fire, slangy, sometimes crass story telling, go for it. I'm planning to watch some of her movies and stand up as well.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Allison Palmer

    Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC. First of all, Phoebe Robinson is a total dynamo with a vision. She does it all! Writing, acting, producing... it might be faster to list the things she can't do. I especially enjoyed her podcast "2 Dope Queens." This book is totally her voice and her style. If you've enjoyed her other work, you will enjoy "Please Don't Sit on My Bed..." This collection of essays focuses on quarantine life, Black hair, having a British boyfriend, entrepreneurship, and (of course) Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC. First of all, Phoebe Robinson is a total dynamo with a vision. She does it all! Writing, acting, producing... it might be faster to list the things she can't do. I especially enjoyed her podcast "2 Dope Queens." This book is totally her voice and her style. If you've enjoyed her other work, you will enjoy "Please Don't Sit on My Bed..." This collection of essays focuses on quarantine life, Black hair, having a British boyfriend, entrepreneurship, and (of course) bringing outside germs into the the sanctuary of one's bedroom. The tone is largely humorous and occasionally dips into more serious territory when discussing racism and the 2020 uprisings. This book reads like reading a transcript of Phoebe Robinson's standup. My only critique here is that standup works best in short bursts because the fire-hydrant-blast of stylized banter can become exhausting after awhile. As such, I couldn't read more than a few pages at a time. But, being an older reader, I'm probably not the intended audience.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Susie Dumond

    In this essay collection, podcaster, writer, and noted funny person Phoebe Robinson shares musings on everything from dating a British person to performative allyship to her relationship with Michelle Obama and beyond. It's laugh-out-loud funny, but it also addresses important topics like income inequality, systemic racism, and society's impossible demands on women. It's the perfect blend of real talk, memoir, and humor. If you enjoyed Robinson's past books, you're definitely going to love this o In this essay collection, podcaster, writer, and noted funny person Phoebe Robinson shares musings on everything from dating a British person to performative allyship to her relationship with Michelle Obama and beyond. It's laugh-out-loud funny, but it also addresses important topics like income inequality, systemic racism, and society's impossible demands on women. It's the perfect blend of real talk, memoir, and humor. If you enjoyed Robinson's past books, you're definitely going to love this one too. I was pleased to see her even address some of the essays in previous books by sharing what she's learned about herself and society since. In my opinion, every Phoebe Robinson book is a must-read—and I can't wait to see work she publishes through Tiny Reparations! Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    I really only know Phoebe Robinson through the 2 Dope Queens podcast. Apparently this is her third book and now I need to read her previous ones. I knew I liked her based upon her book dedication: "To my parents, who only vaguely understand what I do for a living but are supportive nonetheless. And also to Michael B. Jordan, because he is extremely hot." 'Please Don't Sit on My Bed in Your Outside Clothes' is comprised of ten essays focused on racial identity, Black Lives Matters movement, and Ro I really only know Phoebe Robinson through the 2 Dope Queens podcast. Apparently this is her third book and now I need to read her previous ones. I knew I liked her based upon her book dedication: "To my parents, who only vaguely understand what I do for a living but are supportive nonetheless. And also to Michael B. Jordan, because he is extremely hot." 'Please Don't Sit on My Bed in Your Outside Clothes' is comprised of ten essays focused on racial identity, Black Lives Matters movement, and Robinson's own experiences during the pandemic to name a few of the subjects. Her writing style is often hilarious, but some of her heavier topics elicit different emotions. I'm glad her title and cool book jacket inspired me to pick this one up.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    Had to do some background review of Phoebe in order to appreciate this book. Watched some YouTube of her standup and some of her guest appearances on talk shows promoting this book. She’s done quite a bit in her life and is paving the way for black female business entrepreneurs. In this collection of essays we learn about her upbringing and her life during quarantine in New York City in 2020. She also devotes a chapter to the BLM movement as she related to it and how she navigated it with her wh Had to do some background review of Phoebe in order to appreciate this book. Watched some YouTube of her standup and some of her guest appearances on talk shows promoting this book. She’s done quite a bit in her life and is paving the way for black female business entrepreneurs. In this collection of essays we learn about her upbringing and her life during quarantine in New York City in 2020. She also devotes a chapter to the BLM movement as she related to it and how she navigated it with her white British boyfriend. Some of her stream of consciousness is pretty funny and heavily related to current pop culture and some not so funny IMO but in between she puts her blackness out there to shed light on these times.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Camee

    I just love anything Phoebe Robinson writes, from her books to her Instagram posts her way with words and her use of pop culture references always makes me laugh. While Please Don't Sit on My Bed in Your Outside Clothes is mostly funny, there was a lot of deep content and Robinson wrote extensively on issues like race, class, and gender. She interwove the funny stories with the heartfelt and impactful essays extremely well. I really loved reading more about her relationship with her boyfriend (B I just love anything Phoebe Robinson writes, from her books to her Instagram posts her way with words and her use of pop culture references always makes me laugh. While Please Don't Sit on My Bed in Your Outside Clothes is mostly funny, there was a lot of deep content and Robinson wrote extensively on issues like race, class, and gender. She interwove the funny stories with the heartfelt and impactful essays extremely well. I really loved reading more about her relationship with her boyfriend (British Baekoff!!) and learning more about her family. Also there is never enough talk about U2 and her love for them and Bono's love for her.

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