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A Kettle of Vultures: . . . left beak marks on my forehead Paperback – Bargain Price, October 12, 2010

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If  David Sedaris' Naked and Zadie Smith's White Teeth spawned a literary child, A KETTLE OF VULTURES would be their offspring. Written with humorous abandon by popular satirist, former stand-up comic and media commentator, Sabrina Lamb, A KETTLE OF VULTURES  is a fictional romp which exposes the ascerbic thoughts of image consultant Iris Chapman, her dysfunctional family, socially maladjusted clients, magical friends and her adventurous journey towards self-acceptance.

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 "I love this book!!! Sabrina Lamb puts you in the center of the action with her descriptive writing style. As a former record industry publicist, it was like re-living the record business through these pages. The personal struggles of Iris - the consummate professional who has to keep it all together to save her own image are on display here proving life is NOT glitz all of the time.  If you have any family at all down South, Iris' family is a mirror image of yours...forcing you to face your upbringing in spite ofwhat you have become." 
LaJoyce Brookshire, Author
Ask The Good Doctor, The Last Listening Party of Notorious B.I.G.,
Faith Under Fire: Betrayed By A Thing Called Love, Web of Deception, and Soul Food

Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Strebor Books; Original edition (October 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593093357
  • ASIN: B005FOG0VO
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,772,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sabrina's "Do I Look Like An ATM? A Parent's Guide To Raising Financially Responsible Children" (Chicago Review Press) is a nominee for the 45th NAACP Image Awards as Outstanding Literary Work--Instructional. She is also the best-selling author of "Have You Met Miss Jones?: The Life and Loves of Radio's Most Controversial Diva?" (Random House), "Celebrity Elect" (Custom Publishing and "Kettle of Vultures...Left Beak Marks on My Forehead" (Simon & Schuster). Sabrina has written over 17 cover and feature articles for several national magazines such as Ebony, Essence, Heart and Soul and Black Elegance on subjects including "Gladys Knight", "Dionne Warwick", "The Evolving Black Church", "Why Women Love Bad Boys" to "Surviving The Holidays with Your Family" and "We Count Black Men, Don't We?", among others. She has been featured in Essence magazine and was a monthly columnist for Black Elegance Magazine's He Say/She Say column.


Sabrina has been featured on BET's Bishop TD Jakes program. She was the co-host of the highly-rated "Week In Review" on WRKS-FM and has contributed to "The Wake-Up Club". She has been an engaging, regular panelist on BET's "Meet The Faith" and "Tonight with Ed Gordon". She also regularly contributes on "Open Line" and has been featured on the "Wake-Up Club" on WRKS-FM. Sabrina has hosted a C-Span program, "The Long Rise and Hard Fall of Black Radio". She also co-hosted "The Morning Show" on 1600 WWRL (Air America) in New York City, interviewing cultural figures to government officials. Sabrina broke major stories, which attracted widespread international media. Within minutes of his release from prison, Reverend Al Sharpton gave Sabrina his first interview, after serving nearly three months of prison time for protesting U.S. naval bombing exercises on Vieques, a Puerto Rican island. In addition, Sabrina broke the story of Phylicia Moore, the black teen who died during a school trip to Ghana. As result of Sabrina's dogged research and coverage on WRKS-FM, an investigation into Phylicia's death was launched, attracting international coverage resulting in Phylicia's Law, a bill requiring public schools to have safety plans and security procedures in place for school-run, overnight, off-premises field trips.

Television producers book Sabrina when they want to 'stir up the television pot'. She has been featured on CNN's Nancy Grace, Fox Business Network, WNBC-TV, WCBS-TV, BET's "Meet The Faith", "Tonight with Ed Gordon", HOT 97's Street Soldiers, "Sharp Talk with Rev. Al Sharpton" et al. She hosted and produced "Laughing, Lying and Signifying" the history of Black Comedy on WBAI-FM. She was also a political satirist on the America's Talking Network. One may also remember Sabrina, a Miami native, from Lifetime Television's Girl's Night Out, where she wove her comedic skills around issues such as homelessness, foreign policy and spousal abuse. Sabrina got laughs and delivered the message. Other stand-up credits include NBC's "Saturday Night Live", The Original Improv, Comedy Cellar, Stand Up New York, HBO/Toyota Comedy Festival and Black Entertainment Television's Comicview, which nominated her Best Female Comic and Best Impersonator. Sabrina does a mean Tina Turner!


Sabrina conceived and produced the "hairlarious" docu-comedy "UnBeweavable: Woman, What Did You Do To Your Hair?" The film garnered The Audience Choice Award at the Jamerican Film and Music Festival in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Other screenings include Black Cinematheque Dallas (Texas), BFM International Film Festival (England), IGH Multimedia/Reel Alternative Film Salon (New York City), Around the Coyote Film Festival (Chicago) and The Black Film II Festival (Amsterdam), The Queen Latifah and The Jenny Jones Shows. Sabrina was featured in the film "Naked Acts" and appeared in "Brokers" which premiered at the Hollywood Film Festival. Sabrina was a finalist at the NATPE Convention where she impressed a standing room audience with her pitch of the romantic comedy Callaloo and Cornbread.


Sabrina is the irreverent Founder/Chief Flirting Officer of FlirtingTime.com and is responsible for six marriages in six years and hundreds of relationships and introductions. In addition, Sabrina is a renowned producer of life-changing relationship workshops for women entitled "Attracting Companionship/Love Into Your Life", "What Black Women Need To Know and Men Will Never Tell You", and "Inside the Hearts of Black Men." Sabrina was named 16th on the list of 50 Top Black Women in Entertainment in Black Noir magazine. Sabrina Lamb, expert in love and romance, will unify their uniquely different sensibilities, in one joint decision and select an ideal mate for respective daters.


Sabrina is very proud to be the Founder of the WorldofMoney.org, which is dedicated to the financial literacy of underserved youth. When Sabrina hosted a tribute to the Poet Laureate of New Jersey, The National Conference of Artists exclaimed "Sabrina Lamb is a master of satirical humor with an emphasis on political current events. Her bites at the current U.S. administration left no one untouched."

Sabrina is active in the New York Road Runner's Club and has completed the 1995, 1996 and 2000 New York City Marathon.

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WARNING- Do not read this book on the metro or you may find yourself institutionalized for hysteria. This book will make you laugh in ways you haven't in a long time, a spontaneous guffaw, or an unladylike snort, and a crick in your neck from shaking it as if to say "No she didn't" are all possible. On a crowded train it may look like you are having a fit so read home alone where you can cackle to your hearts content. ROFLMBO!!!!
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Iris Chapman's life is much like our own: unpredicatable and filled with characters whose interaction with and influence upon us shapes us, drives us, and makes us into the people that we continue to evolve in to. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. My genre of choice is African American nonfiction, but this book came highly recommended by a family member, so I took the plunge. It was entertaining, thought provoking, and as a reader, I actually cared about Iris, who, despite her strength and independence, is still a vulnerable flesh and blood woman who must ride the ebbs and flows of her life: sometimes confidently riding the waves of a wild surf; other times, clinging to whatever floatation device she can find. It is hilarious in parts, thought-provoking in others. I enjoyed the wild ride that is Iris's life, and had no problem keeping up with her. And I saw more than a few people in there I recognized. LOL

An aside to Ms. Lamb: I think Ms. Chickie deserves a book of her own. The backstory explaining the dichotomy of a person who raised such a "saddity" daughter, yet shares her porn selections, with accompanying reviews, with that same daughter's daughter is just begging to be done. She's a great character, and I'd like to know more about her. Please consider.
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Kettle of Vultures is a good read. If I didn't have to sleep or work or eat or spend time with my family, I would not have put the book down. As someone who can relate to the stories of PR client acquisition and music industry mayhem, it definitely struck a chord with me. While all of that was on the mark and funny, it's Iris' family (especially the grandmother) that makes you wanna holla. If you don't laugh, then you probably are not sure what good humor and/or satire is. But what isn't funny, is that this book will not be placed in the humor or satire section in the bookstore. Funny is funny no matter what ethnicity the author happens to be. I should write a book about that...
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"Vultures" was a hoot. I experienced a huge kettle of laugh out loud moments... sometimes with tears running down my face. The absurdity of some of the situations were so real that they brought me back to memories of my own growing up in a "different" kind of family.

Miss Chickie's church moment was pure genius. She handled that pastor with a truth many of us wish we had the courage to execute -- in many a situation. I look forward to experiencing many more Ms. Chickie "truths".

I highly recommend "Kettle". It is funny, outrageous and just simply good reading.
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