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40 Hours and an Unwritten Rule: The Diary of a Nigger, Negro, Colored, Black, African-American Woman Paperback – July, 2004

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About the Author

After working close to a decade in the entertainment industry, Kim Williams decided to pursue her life-long passion of storytelling. "40 Hours and an Unwrittn Rule" is her debut novel.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Butterfly Ink Publishing (July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974542326
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974542324
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,620,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Sapphire on April 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
I read this book and I knew it would be contraversial. I read a few of the other reviews and some did not seem to go as deep as the author intended. The author is not a hero trying to be white. She is a hero striving not to be judged by the stereotypes that have grouped African Americans for centuries.

She makes comments to other characters in the book, such as I don't listen to rap music because not all African American people listen to rap music, and she refuses to be characterized by what society has deemed normal for her people. Not all African Americans are ghetto fabulous, nor are all of them trying to be down for some non-existent cause.

Racey is a courages African American woman who dares to challenge her superiors in the workplace. She dares to question their motives and ask them questions (without actually asking the questions) who are you to tell me how to speak or ask.

When she is faced with counterparts in the work place, she realizes they are courageous enough to be themselves and act like no one else in the workplace. This is very uncomfortable for her. She wants to know how could you let them see us this way. They already think all of us steal (my own conclusions). But in the end, she realizes that it is ok to be who she is and not worry about what anyne else thinks and feels about it anyway.

This was a very good book and a very good read. Go just a little deeper and get the symbolism and irony in the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lady Girl on November 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
If choosing a title for a first novel is any indication of how well the novel plays into society - then 40 Hours and an Unwritten Rule should be at the top of the best sellers list - if for no other reason, for the "Racey" title. The title caught me instantly, as I'm sure if has or will with many others. And I was very happy to say that the contents were very true to the implied message...overcoming the stereo-types of a particular race and/or culture and standing your ground in the process while trying to stay true to "self". I know that so many people struggle with the issues that Racey put out there and it was refreshing to have a young, African-American women come to comfortable terms with herself in the end. Kim William's first novel was a thoughtful, true, fun and quick read. I guarantee that anyone who's attention is caught by the clever, catchy title will open the book to find situations that may be pages in their diary as well. Wonderful!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Urban Lit Lover on April 3, 2013
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This Diary reads just like the web series. As a fan of the series I could visualize every page. Being a person of color, college educated, working in corporate America, although fiction, Racey's story is so relateable. I could identify with Racey's character so much I felt like I must have gone to school with this woman or worked with her. The identity crisis the main character/writer deals with as she maneuvers her way through life in a world full of stereotypes made this feel more like a bio doc instead of a work of fiction. If you like the web series you'll like this book, and I like the web series and love the book. She tells not only her story, but although its told from a woman's point of view, as a guy, a person of color, she told, tells my story too. And for that reason, and that reason alone, to the author I say, write on, write on
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By YOLANDA A on January 19, 2014
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This book depicted the ultimate reflection of life in corporate America through the eyes of a black woman. I identified with every aspect of this book and I am so glad I am not alone (or paranoid)! I love the web series just as much. I read this book in two days. Thank you Kim Williams for giving a voice to the invisible struggles we face at work and providing a humorous spin on an ugly issue. You have a loyal fan in me, and you have my continued support! Keep fighting the good fight!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kiona on April 27, 2013
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this book reads like you're talking to a friend who gives great life advice. it's relevant. it's fun. it captures the life of a black woman in corporate america with amazing accuracy. one of my favorite books!!!
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By Lenny on December 17, 2012
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I'm currently waiting for my copy to come in the mail, but based off the previous reviews I am in for a treat. I've always thought books were better than their remakes on the big screen (or in this case, laptop screen). Meaning, I've recently been following the youtube webisodes of "The Unwritten Rules" which is based off the book. The show was amazing, so I can only imagine how much more I'm going to love the book.
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I will need to delve deeper into the book, but if the web series is an indicator of the stinging satire it promises to be walk-of-shame-it-was-so-good. And, I have a little place in my heart for Peter with the Black Men's swimsuit pin-up model (although it should be taped to the side of the cabinet--just out of public viewing since "no one ever comes to visit this side of the cube").
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By Sharmaine on March 21, 2014
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After I discovered the web series, "The Unwritten Rules," I was interested in reading the book that inspired it. I'm not sure I would call this a "good" book. It was an easy read, and I could definitely relate to most of it. I found it entertaining, but I also ended up highlighting some pretty poignant thoughts throughout. Some of the phrases the author used sounded a little juvenile, which was somewhat of a disconnect, when she would say something like, "his funky butt..." but then use profanity in a similar phrase a few pages later. That was a little annoying to me. But overall, I enjoyed it.
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