Daily Bookmark: Akilah Hughes’s essay collection takes teen drama beyond the obvious

Akilah Hughes is a writer, comedian and YouTuber who’s worked for Comedy Central, HBO and Pod Save America. But the 30-year-old former Brooklyn resident knows what it’s like to grow up with a simpler (read: broker) lifestyle, one that involves going to school in small-town Kentucky, sparring with a racist 5th grade teacher, struggling with weight gain and acne and failing to make the cheerleading team. 

Hughes outlines her teenaged tribulations with humor and grace in her new essay collection, “Obviously,” on sale Sept. 24 from Penguin Random House. John Green, author of “The Fault in Our Stars,” called it a “refreshingly funny and blisteringly unsentimental coming-of-age memoir.” 

Akilah Hughes will hold a launch event for “Obviously” at Books are Magic in Cobble Hill on Sept. 25 at 7:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public. 

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