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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (December 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316021849
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316021845
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #630,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Donna Britt is a born giver and along life's bumpy roads she found her share of takers. Combining her incredible talents of giving and writing, in this tender but gritty well-crafted memoir she dropped her fig leaf bearing her soul, faced her demons, and arose the victor. Never again will I read a newspaper headline without imagining the other brothers of the world behind it."—Ron Hall, coauthor of Same Kind of Different as Me

"In this gutsy memoir, journalist Britt write engagingly about the men in her life, and how caring for them often robbed her of a sense of self-mission....Britt writes eloquently of a woman's sense of anguish and ambiguity in giving herself so completely."—Publishers Weekly



"In her debut memoir, former Washington Post columnist Britt offers an introspective account of growing up in Gary, Indiana...A probing psychological exploration that delves to rarely tapped depths."—Kirkus

"Moving."—AARP The Magazine

"Achingly honest. An alternately raw and elegant memoir...A wrenching, introspective examination of a life through the prism of racism, sexism, and unconditional devotion. Donna Britt's insights into her roles as mother, wife, and sister to black men explores the gray and fuzzy complexity of human emotion when, for better or worse, imperfect people love other imperfect people."—Boston Globe

"Few black women have written about black men more frankly with heartfelt eloquence than former Washington Post columnist Donna Britt."—Louisville Courier-Journal

About the Author

Donna Britt is a former syndicated columnist for the Washington Post, writing on issues both topical and personal. She has won awards from the American Society of Newspaper Editors, the National Association of Black Journalists, and other organizations, and has been featured on Oprah, C-Span, and NPR. She lives in Maryland with her husband, youngest son, and male dog. To learn more, please visit www.donnabritt.net.

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Sometimes funny, sometimes sad but very, very real!
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I would definitely recommend this book to women, and I'm so glad someone recommended this book to my book club.
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Donna Britt's great skill as a writer merges with her brave and elegant account of her life story.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Andrew L. Weinberg on December 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
In my experience, most of us go through life year after year focusing on doing for others, refining an image of ourselves explicitly for others, and on the 'next next' thing in our own lives until one day we wake up and wonder, "What the hell happened? How did I end up as this person living this life? and perhaps most important (to me anyway), "Why wasn't I paying closer attention to my life as I was living it?!?" I don't know if this articulate and funny (I caught myself laughing out loud many times through this book) author was paying attention or not to her own life in real time, but I am grateful she was capable of the focus, presence and self-awareness it took to piece it all together to write this book because I learned so much about myself from reading it. I have heard it said that the best way to learn about yourself is to listen to someone else tell their story. The first few pages of this book grabbed me because I understood that's what was going on in this book - she was telling her story in a way I could relate to and learn from. I immediately realized the potential for this book to help me answer some of those questions about my own life and to interpret some of the choices I've made along the way. This was almost certainly not the intention of the author in writing this book. "Brothers and Me" is a beautifully-told memoir in which the author shares her deepest thoughts and feelings about how her relationships with her mother and father, friends, lovers, husbands, children and siblings came to form her self identity and worldview and were the psychological underpinnings for the choices she made on her path to becoming the person she is - all told with great honesty and an enviable degree of introspection.Read more ›
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Pearce Combest on December 7, 2011
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I'm reading this book aloud to my girlfriend. Pronouncing the words in Brothers (& Me) is as entertaining as watching a humorous and insightful HBO series. A documentary concerned with life, love and understanding...only with fewer images (though the beautiful pictures included could tell a story of their own).

Britt does a superb job of assembling a backstory and a timeline that allows us to visualize her own personal journey from a thoughtful, boy-obsessed girl in Gary, Indiana to a successful, free-thinking journalist and mother. The story of her life surrounded by men is not only profound but includes wonderfully detailed aspects of family history and American-nostalgia (the good, the bad and the ugly). Between fits of tears and laughter, anyone looking for an honest and engaging memoir need not look further.

To hear Britt's lively voice and contemplative thoughts is a privelage for all who get a chance to read Brother (& Me).
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By linda Carroll on December 4, 2011
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Donna Britt's great skill as a writer merges with her brave and elegant account of her life story. Brothers (and Me): A Memoir of Loving and Giving is beautiful, funny and painfully real. I couldn't put this book down,the best memoir of the year.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By N.M. on December 8, 2011
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This book resonated with me on such a primal level, it took me by surprise. As a 29 year old woman who is just now starting to come into her own I see how my giving to men has hampered who I am. From the boyfriends I chose, to my not wanting to disappoint my father, even today I give and give to them and am not sure why. Being a white lesbian I did not expect to relate so deeply to Donna Britt's words. Her memoir does not alienate anyone but speaks to everyone, at times some more specifically than others. If you are a human with a brain and a heart this book is for you. You will find yourself nodding in agreement, chuckling with understanding and be left with a sense of kinship. I highly recommend "brothers (& me)".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lovebabz on December 20, 2011
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I am in love with Ms. Britt's memoir. It seems everyone has an opinion on the loveships of Black women...comedians, actors, clowns. Everyone seems to have an opinion or a solution for what they think ails us! But we haven't heard from a Sister...until now. This is really a road map of sorts of how to look back while moving forward. We all have a story and this one connects us all...women of all hues, backgrounds, education. So many of us share this secret of giving too much. Along comes Ms. Britt pushing and pulling us to find balance. To check ourselves and own our door-mat ways.

This is a must read for anyone who wants to grow in truth and own themselves. Kudos to Sister Britt for giving us permission to own our past as we make our way into the future.

This beautiful memoir certainly will find it's way into a few stockings and under several Christmas trees!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Janet Cline on January 15, 2012
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A wonderful book. written so well I will miss reading it once am finished with it . Not only for people of color but covers all races fairly. This book gave me much incite into how other women feel about life and that I have had some of the very same thoughts concerning the role given to women play. I can't say enough to bestow this author the celebration she well deserves.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Potter on May 24, 2012
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This first book by award-winning Washington Post columnist Donna Britt is brave, raw, uncompromising, insightful, and ultimately heartwarming and inspirational. It really resonated with me ( a fifty-something single white male ) and I urge everyone to read it!!
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