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"Anyone searching for a primer on street lit should read Miller’s (Satin Doll; Passin’) latest. Ringing loud and clear, Ke-Ke’s voice expounds on racism, crime, drug use, poverty, spousal abuse, and pedophiles preying on young black girls. This is exactly what street lit is all about. Buy more copies than you think you need." (Library Journal (starred review), Library Journal Best Book of 2012: Street Lit)

About the Author

Karen E. Quinones Miller is the Essence bestselling author of Satin Doll, I’m Telling, Using What You Got, and Uptown Dreams. She has been nominated for the NAACP Literary Award. In addition, she is a literary consultant, CEO of Oshun Publishing Company, and a former literary agent. She lives in Philadelphia with her daughter, Camille.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books/Karen Hunter Publishing; Original edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451607822
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451607826
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,308,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Essence best selling and NAACP Literary Award Nominee, Karen E. Quinones Miller was born and raised in Harlem in 1958. Miller dropped out of school during the eighth grade, and spent the majority of her teenage years experiencing street life first-hand. After getting a job as a police attendant in New York City's Midtown North police precinct, Miller became friends with a number of police officers who persuaded her that the life she was living could lead to an early death.

So at age 22, Miller joined the Navy and after spending five years in the Navy, Miller married, had a child and divorced all within a two-year period. At age 29, she got a secretarial job with The Philadelphia Daily News, but after three years complaining about the paper's coverage of people living below the poverty level she quit and started taking journalism classes at Temple University.

After graduation she became a newspaper reporter, and worked for the Associated Press, The Norfolk Virginian Pilot, and lastly for The Philadelphia Inquirer where she was employed for nine years. She also worked as a correspondent for People Magazine from 1996 to 1999.
Miller wrote Satin Doll in 1999, and after many unsuccessful attempts at finding a publisher, decided to publish it herself. She sold 28,000 copies on her own, and Satin Doll wound up on the Essence Bestseller's List for two months. Publishing rights were sold to Simon & Schuster (via auction) for six figures.

Miller went on to write five other Essence Bestselling novels for Simon & Schuster, Warner Books, and Grand Central Books: I'm Telling, Using What You Got (both were main selections for Black Expressions Book Club), Ida B. (which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Fiction.), Satin Nights and Passin'.

Best selling author Kwan Foye has often publicly referred to Miller as "The Aretha Franklin of Black Publishing." Miller, who is included in the book Literary Divas: The Top 100+ Most Admired African-American Women In Literature, often gives publishing and self-publishing seminars in her home and Philadelphia, and is the CEO of Oshun Publishing Company. Miller has been often cited for her willingness to help aspiring authors, and Essence best selling authors Daaimah S. Poole, and Miasha are just two of the young writers who consider Miller their mentor.

Miller's new book, An Angry A** Black Woman, will be published by Karen Hunter Books in 2011.

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Angry Ass Black Woman by Karen Quinones Miller is one of the realest, rawest, semiautobiographies I have read in a long time. KeKe is the most entertaining, charming narrator. She takes you to her home on 117th street in Harlem and says, "Come the hell in, we are not The Cleavers or The Cosbys, we are The Quinones and this is what it is. She speaks on the everyday violence of her community but showers it with love. Ke Ke tells us about the mental illnes of her father, but makes us feel how loving and kind he is. And we can literally see how hard her mother works and either the disentegration of her family or the reasons they stay whole.

While reading this book, I felt the characters and I knew them. Though she grew up in Harlem and I in Central Florida, there were so many common elements and threads. There were moments when reading that I had to stop and tell people about it and order a copy to send to my sister.

Everyone should read this urban classic in the same way they read Manchild in The Promised Land by Claude Brown and Native Son by Richard Wright.
Angry Ass Black Woman is a winner and I hope the screenplay is being written as I type.

Angelia Vernon Menchan
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These are the three words that describes Karen E. Quinones Miller's autobiographical novel, An Angry Ass Black Woman.

I've taken the liberty to know Ms. Miller through online writing groups and discussions but nothing further. Admittedly, I had no idea she was a bestselling and award-winning author until we've spoke on a few occasions. The first thing I've wondered was how did she have the time to reach out to aspiring authors? I know that sounds cynical. Yet on the contrary, it spoke on Ms. Miller's character in volumes.

As for her book I'm writing this review as an objective reader. A reader who just experienced a book that was so provocative and honest, I had to take a breath after reading the final page. There were moments I laughed; moments I fought back tears; moments I felt anger, and moments I cheered. However, there was moment in the book that it mirrored so close with my past I had to put book the down and sob, and it wasn't out of pity for Ms. Miller but I, too, felt the Angry Black Woman wanting to come out.

Also, the way Ms. Miller told her story was simply amazing. She painted a vivid picture from her upbringing in Harlem to her life in Mississippi, and to discovering her new career in Philadelphia. More importantly, she embodied the meaning of family. The Quinones fiercely loved hard as well as protecting those whom they loved, especially in chapter eight (and that's all I will say).

Giving An Angry Black Woman five stars is a disservice to the well thought-out, beautifully written, and real-as-it-gets novel. She exemplified her storytelling as if she was reciting it in person. Her tone and voice was superbly real. There was no holding back.

Kudos to Ms. Miller!
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Crying and attempting to breathe after reading the final chapter, I shared my thoughts about this Author and this book to someone who has no idea who Ms. Miller is. Then I told him to go online and buy his own copy because I was NOT sharing mine.
I've never been to Harlem and I've never even driven remotely close to Mississippi but the fact that Ms. Miller painted such a vivid picture of her childhood I felt as though I was there, raw emotion and feeling the pain, trauma, joy and Peace that make this story such an awesome wonder is what had me hooked. Chapter 8 will keep you mesmerized. I can't say anything more about it except, I cried, put it down and went right back to it again. This is well thought out personal "storytelling" at its' best and as a Black Woman I found myself feeling just as angry and at times rather bitter. But I got over it and kept reading. I will pick it up again, and reread it because I think that I can get even more out of it the "second time around". Hurry get your copy and prepare yourselves for emerging emotions and holding your children a little closer at night.........
Kuddos to you Ms. Miller, for perseverance and strength. Kudos to the Quinones family.....for their support and undying love at its' finest.
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Ms.Karen E.Quinones Miller, you have done it again, such a down to earth book that reaches to the depths of ones soul, because, you are brave enough to tackle;poverty-most of us have been there or are still there who live in the world today!You paint such a vivid picture of life and make it relateable for everyone!Racism, dometic violence,the educational system are many of the topics that we are still "angry" about and need to be motivated to change!
The lives that she so elequently describes, family, friends, co-workers, when she talks about experiences that as a Black women I can truly identify with and many of the women in the audience readily related to as well.
As for me,I know that being a single "Mom", trying to finish your education with a baby in tow and being "Angry" enough to finish so your child/children can have a better live; since you are their first role model/mentor.
The family members and friends she talks about in her book, as you read you become transformed back into your childhood where you can connect family members, people you grew up with to each of the characters in the storylines she is talking about.
For all of the judgemental people and Mega stores like "WalMart", who did not read the book before judging it, you are really missing out on a wonderful,soul revealing,down to earth,very good book!
This book can be therapeutic for many women; not just black women, who have had to go through the trials and tribulations of life and had to literally fight their way through it to survive.
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