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Hokum

(2006)
An Anthology of African-American Humor
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Edited by the author of The Sellout, winner of the 2016 Man Booker Prize, Hokum is a liberating, eccentric, savagely comic anthology of the funniest writing by black Americans.

This book is less a comprehensive collection than it is a mix-tape narrative dubbed by a trusted friend-a sampler of underground classics, rare grooves, and timeless summer jams, poetry and prose juxtaposed with the blues, hip-hop, political speeches, and the world's funniest radio sermon. The subtle musings of Toni Cade Bambara, Henry Dumas, and Harryette Mullen are bracketed by the profane and often loud ruminations of Langston Hughes, Darius James, Wanda Coleman, Tish Benson, Steve Cannon, and Hattie Gossett. Some of the funniest writers don't write, so included are selections from well-known yet unpublished wits Lightnin' Hopkins, Mike Tyson, and the Reverend Al Sharpton. Selections also come from public figures and authors whose humor, although incisive and profound, is often overlooked: Malcolm X, Suzan-Lori Parks, Zora Neale Hurston, Sojourner Truth, and W.E.B. Dubois. Groundbreaking, fierce, and hilarious, this is a necessary anthology for any fan or student of American writing, with a huge range and a smart, political grasp of the uses of humor.

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Hardback Editions

January 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: Hokum: An Anthology of African-American Humor
Author(s): Paul Beatty
ISBN: 1-58234-434-5 / 978-1-58234-434-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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Paperback Editions

January 2006 : USA Paperback
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Title: Hokum: An Anthology of African-American Humor
Author(s): Paul Beatty
ISBN: 1-59691-148-4 / 978-1-59691-148-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

December 2008 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Hokum: An Anthology of African-American Humor
Author(s): Paul Beatty
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   



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