“You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey” selected as the 2021 Omaha Reads book

Each year, Omaha Public Library (OPL) encourages the community to vote for and read one book as a way to promote literacy and inspire discussion among Omaha and Douglas County residents. The selection is celebrated with book talks and other related programming. Join us in reading this year’s Omaha Reads selection, “You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories About Racism,” by authors Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar.

“You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey” is a New York Times bestseller that tackles modern-day racism with a balance of levity and gravity. The authors are sisters and both originally from Omaha. Ruffin now lives in New York and works as the host of The Amber Ruffin Show. Lamar still lives in Nebraska, and shares stories from racist donut shops to strangers putting their whole hand in her hair, from being mistaken for a prostitute to being mistaken for Harriet Tubman. These absurd anecdotes illustrate everyday experiences of racism with humor and heart.

“Knowing that many of the stories shared in this book happened in our community is eye-opening,” said OPL Executive Director Laura Marlane. “This book provides a unique opportunity to explore and discuss challenging topics through a local perspective.”

Get involved with Omaha Reads by checking out the book, participating in a program, and discussing the book with friends, family and neighbors. All programs are free to attend, but registration is required. Learn more and register for programs at omahalibrary.org/omaha-reads.

  • Thursday, Sept. 2, 6 p.m.: Amber Ruffin & Lacey Lamar Virtual Author Visit. Join a moderated discussion and Q&A session with the authors via Crowdcast.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 8, noon & Thursday, Sept. 23, 6 p.m.: Omaha Reads Book Discussion. Discuss “You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey” virtually in a group moderated by an OPL staff member.
  • Thursday, Sept. 30, 6 p.m.: Omaha Reads Closing Reflection. Community Connector Jade Rogers and OPL Adult Services Manager Amy Mather will reflect on a discussion among The House Book Club members around “You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey.” This event will focus on the importance of storytelling and how books help to connect us to each other. An attendee Q&A will follow the discussion.

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Learn more about the book at grandcentralpublishing.com. Reserve your copy of “You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey” at omahalibrary.org. Visit omahalibrary.org for information about additional programs and resources offered at Omaha Public Library.