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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham; Reprint edition (September 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592405789
  • ASIN: B004LQ0E14
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Hill Harper trades solving crimes on-screen for a new mission: fixing relationship drama."
-Essence

"Hill's work presents a light, insightful, and accessible user's manual for African American men and women to better understand that which keeps us apart (and hopefully what can bring us closer together)."
-Wearerespectablenegroes.blogspot.com

About the Author

Currently starring in CSI: NY, Hill Harper has appeared in numerous prime- time television shows and feature films, including Beloved and He Got Game. He graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a B.A. and cum laude from Harvard Law School. He also holds a master’s degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government. He was recently named one of People magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive.

More About the Author

Hill Harper is the author of the bestsellers Letters to a Young Brother which won two NAACP awards and was named a Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association in 2007, and New York Times bestseller Letters to a Young Sister. Hill was named Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series in 2008 and 2009 by the NAACP Image Awards for his role on CSI:NY. His numerous other credits include The Skulls, He Got Game, Lackawanna Blues and The Sopranos. He graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. from Brown University and cum laude with a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He also holds a master's degree from the Kennedy School of Government. Named one of People Magazine's sexiest men alive, he lives in Los Angeles. www.theconversationonline.com

Customer Reviews

I recently finished reading this book for myself.
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Hill Harper's book is an excellent take on interpersonal relationships between Black men and Black women.
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I'm currently reading this book, and have found it very insightful.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Urbane Renaissance Society on January 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
THE CONVERSATION by Hill Harper is deeply reflective and honest. The author's ability to discuss his own faults regarding relationships with raw and unflinching candor is impressive. His sincerity should move readers to hold up the mirror, evaluate the health of their own relationships, or assess why they may be unsuccessful in establishing new relationships. Readers seeking inspiration might also enjoy the quotes from other notable celebrities at the beginning of each chapter in this book.

Since the author is unmarried and admits that he has failed in his attempts to commit, many may question his level of expertise on the subject of building loving and trusting Black relationships. To allay these concerns, the author relies on the experiences and opinions of others who enjoy healthy relationships and marriages. He also includes in his writing statistical findings and research from a few reputable sources to support his hypotheses on the state of Black male and female relationships. Readers should however, bear in mind that while the writing is eloquent and captivating, the author is not a professional counselor and THE CONVERSATION does not present scientific strategies for managing Black male/female relationships. Readers seeking more impactful solutions for repairing strained relationships should seek advice from professional counselors.

The material in this book may be more appealing to young newlyweds or unmarried people below ages 30 and below, however. The book gives a number of scenarios (real and fictitious) in nightlife, party, bar, and restaurant settings where younger people are more likely frequent.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jayden on December 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
I honestly can't think of any complaints about this book. It's written on a very personal level where he speaks about then-current events and people and he includes his self and his actions when talking about problems and making corrections. This book issues a challenge to its readers that I've personally taken on and I encourage everyone else to do the same. It was nonetheless an eye-opener in many ways. At other times, it hammered home points I've tried to make in personal life. I've read the book and have since passed it to my wife to read with the hopes of discussing it together. There is something to be taken from this book regardless of being male or female. I would like to list several of my favorite chapters but in looking back through the ToC, I can't because I took something from every chapter. And that, to me, determines how successful a book is in reaching me. It's must read in my opinion. Again, I encourage any and every one to not only read it, but look yourself in the mirror and answer the challenge.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By sony2672 on August 23, 2010
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I enjoyed this book, because it help me to better understand what goes on in a man's mind. Sometimes we get so caught up in ourselves, we forget that a man is also a person with feelings, and they deserve to be treated with affection as well. I thought I was such a reasonable person when it came to relationship, but I now realize that I was selfish in more ways than I thought. I really thought this book was put together well and I have recommended it to several friends. Well done Hill.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By PB on January 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I just finished reading the book and I will say that I'm not 100% happy with it. It was very easy to understand and I liked how it geared toward sinlge adults, but I don't think it should have had the subtitle that it did. It starts with "HOW Black men and women..." when there aren't any real explanations on "how" to solve the problems that were discussed. Hill just put them out there (as if we didn't already know what they were). I enjoyed Chapter 19 "Man Up!" becuase I know that one of the hardest things to do is admit something that that makes you look bad, for example when you know your boy is cheating and not saying anything to correct him (I'm in the military, and get the pleasure of seeing men do this first hand- covering for each other and 'claiming' to be that girls friend) Its pretty sad. I would have liked to see more coversation from the women's point a few and also a chapter for women that was similar to "Man Up!" because I'm sorry, but there are lots of women out there who need to get their acts together that make it harder for those of us that have it together. Men treat women badly becuase we allow them to-plain and simple.

But now Hill Harper is on my radar and I'll be looking for upcoming works.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AmazonRocks on August 6, 2011
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Harper should have named this book "The Answer: How Men and Women Can Build Loving, Trusting Relationships". Harper offers his unbiased opinions, experiences and the experiences of his close friends and his grandparents to explore the complexities in Black relationships. To my surprise Harper digs deep often making me write a side note, hitting Google, and exploring my own experiences and attitudes toward relationships. A say its a must read especially for the younger generation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kearston on July 12, 2011
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I am really enjoying this book. What I love about it is that Harper speaks from a learning perspective rather than a perspective of authority. He allows you to take the journer with him...and he asks the same questions that I've found myself asking.
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