Comedian Sarah Cooper will tell the story of her life and career in a forthcoming memoir, the Associated Press reports.
Dutton will publish Foolish: Tales of Assimilation, Determination and Humiliation in the fall. The Penguin Random House imprint describes the book as “funny, revealing, and powerful.”
Cooper, a native of Jamaica, grew up in Maryland and launched her comedy career while working as a designer for tech companies. In 2016, Andrews McMeel published her first book, 100 Tricks To Appear Smart in Meetings; two years later, she followed up with How To Be Successful Without Hurting Men’s Feelings.
She went viral in 2020 with TikTok videos that featured her lip-syncing to excerpts of speeches by then-President Donald Trump.
Dutton says that Cooper’s memoir will address her efforts to assimilate in the U.S. as a Jamaican immigrant. “Sarah describes how assimilating made her feel lost, but when she risked looking foolish, it led to finding herself.…Cooper’s first memoir shows you that sometimes looking foolish is the smartest thing you can do.”
“I’ve always been terrified of looking like a fool but I’ve found the most power in being foolish and I can’t wait to take readers on this very foolish journey,” Cooper said in a statement.
Foolish is slated for publication on Oct. 3.
Michael Schaub, a journalist and regular contributor to NPR, lives near Austin, Texas.