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Kamau and Melissa’s love was real. But so was her grandfather’s prejudice. In this funny, moving essay, W. Kamau Bell, the host of CNN’s United Shades of America, shares his very personal story of culture clash, family tradition, and racial bias.

When the black comedian first meets the beloved Sicilian grandfather of his Italian American girlfriend, Melissa, the wrong sparks fly. The most important member of her large family shuns Kamau. What follows is a bracing, true account of conflict and patience, in-laws and family heirlooms, as Melissa and Kamau deal with cold shoulders, rejection, and finally resolution.

Everybody Loves Kamau! is part of The Real Thing, a collection of moving, hilarious, and big-hearted essays on the modern realities of friendship, romance, commitment, and love. Each story can be listened to in a single sitting.

©2018 W. Kamau Bell (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Krista
  • 26-11-2020

I DO love Kamau!

I love Kamau! And I think everybody will too after listening to him! I don’t know why you wouldn’t; Kamau shows how he is not only funny but kind and thoughtful. In addition, he is a wonderful family man always putting his wife before himself and always thinking of his children. I see why everyone loves Kamau!

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  • Kathleen Ann Ferreira
  • 01-09-2020

SO worth your time!

I really like Kamau Bell from his show on CNN. To hear his real, and somehow also very funny at times, experience with being accepted into his wife’s family was fantastic. I feel that this is a one-off, I will look to see if there are more episodes, but if not, this should be a series.

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  • Edmund Davis-Quinn
  • 23-07-2020

Feels like a good podcast

Very enjoyable short story/memoir. And well read by the author. Glad I finally listened to this, it was in my library for a while.

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  • Beth Newman
  • 08-02-2020

Funny!!

Kamau is funny and relevant! I will certainly be looking for more books by hand because I enjoyed this one very much!

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  • Regina P.
  • 07-10-2019

A wonderful, uplifting story!

I loved this story! It was a bright patch in the dark world today about how people can overcome the racism they are taught.

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  • Victoria Spence
  • 10-09-2019

Incredibly fun & fascinating

Loved going on the journey into Kamau's mind & life. This essentially my introduction to Kamau. Where have I been?

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  • Mike
  • 09-07-2019

Great storyteller

Really enjoyed the short read/hear. Kamau is an awesome storyteller really felt connected to him.

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  • Cario Lam
  • 15-01-2019

Seriously, who doesn’t love Kamau?

This is the second audiobook of Mr. Bell’s that I’ve listened to. It’s a short story but a great story. A story that everyone can relate to. If Mr. Bell wasn’t narrating though, I can’t so for certain that I would have checked out the audiobook.

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  • Neona
  • 20-11-2018

A light fun personal essay about fitting in

This was a free book and I was in the mood for something light and short. The story mostly focuses on the author's relationship with his wife's father and how he never felt like he quite fit in due to his being black and the only interracial relationship in the large family. It's heartwarming and very relatable to anyone who feels like they don't quite fit in with the group regardless of the reason.

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  • Bookish Babe in Charleston
  • 22-08-2018

Love this Guy!

This was a funny tender heart warming story. It was read well and made me go buy another audio book of his. Thanks Kamau!

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  • HumS
  • 03-10-2018

Cute personal story

A sweet personal story from the author. A pleasant quick audio book to listen to

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