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Brothers (and Me): A Memoir of Loving and Giving Hardcover – December 8, 2011
"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
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Top Customer Reviews
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).
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book! Met the author at our Book Club meeting. Had a excellent discussion.Published on August 7, 2014 by Joyce Nixon
Fantastic reading. The writer demonstrates an especially sensitive and personal memoir of her history with her brothers. I really enjoyed this book. Read morePublished on January 31, 2014 by Edwin Hines
Author Donna Britt deals very openly and honestly about how she handled losing her brother Darryl to police violence. Was his death justified? Read morePublished on December 13, 2013 by PwrPurchase
An important work for all women (and the men they love), written in an excellent style of raw emotion and honesty.Published on January 4, 2013 by C. Kathleen Talbert-Hill
The writer gives you a full-on view of her innermost self. You are there for the ups and downs, the twists and turns, and the times when the bottom falls out. Read morePublished on December 20, 2012 by Kenneth A. Brooks
Donna Britt has been,for years, one of my favorite writers. For years, her column in the Washington Post was a "first read" when it appeared. How I've missed her voice there. Read morePublished on September 1, 2012 by Joan L. Eisenstodt
At first, the book started off very slow, but it picked up and began to grab my attention. I must say it's an awesome book. Read morePublished on August 6, 2012 by Vanessa Pigatt
Donna Britt is a writer and a good one. "Brothers (and Me)" is a timely expose that has contemporary application to `brothers' who are dying surreptitiously at the hands of our... Read morePublished on June 24, 2012 by OOSA Online Book Club