In her newest book of essays Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay (Plume, $26), Phoebe Robinson successfully puts into words so much of the confusion and angst and humor that comes with living in America these days, and especially how that manifests for her, as a black woman. With the same pizzazz that Robinson has always brought to her projects—most notably, the podcast she co-hosts with Jessica Williams, 2 Dope Queens, and her previous book You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain—she manages to write honestly and creatively about popular culture, being a woman, dating, beauty standards, race, debt and finances, work, and the pitfalls of white feminism. And, perhaps most importantly, she speaks about all of this in her own distinct voice and with a sense of humor which made me laugh out loud throughout. So, if you’re done putting up with all the trash and ready to laugh about it instead, this book is for you.
Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay by Phoebe Robinson