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An Angry-Ass Black Woman

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This sassy, shocking autobiographical novel captures the racial tensions, the hardships, and the bonds that formed between families and neighbors growing up poor in Harlem.

The autobiographical novel from the author of Uptown Dreams and Satin Doll

Karen E. Quinones Miller is AN ANGRY-ASS BLACK WOMAN

You’d be angry, too . . . if you grew up poorer than poor in Harlem in the
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Gallery Books/Karen Hunter Publishing (first published April 26th 2011)
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Imani Wisdom
Oct 06, 2012 Imani Wisdom rated it it was amazing

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 cont
African Americans on the Move Book Club
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
Mahoghani 23
Ke-Ke has many reasons to be angry. Her mother died when she was young, her father was in and out of the sanitarium, she was raped, they were poor and struggling to make ends meet along with getting evicted constantly. Ke-ale is a woman that takes no mess and willing to battle for what she believes in.

From a young age, her parents encouraged her and her siblings to read & stay abreast the news and have the wherewithal to be able to discuss what they read. Her love for books is what allow me
Oct 29, 2014 Sheryl rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memiors
This book is a gritty story about the author's life, and how she turned her life around. I admire her so much she fought the big fight and came out a winner. This is book is a great read and very inspirational it shows you that you can do anything if your heart is in it. Ms. Miller is my hero!
Frantascia Price
Oct 07, 2012 Frantascia Price rated it it was amazing
this book was intense!
Dec 03, 2013 Sydelle rated it really liked it
I should haver given it 5 stars but selfishly I didn't want I to end. Part autobiographical with life lessons, humor and a heavy dose of reality. WOW! It is a must read. The title can be a bit misleading, the choice words were mixed in but after the prologue where she explains her choice of words, one basically just buckles up for the ride. Her family grew up poor and knew it and some members overcame the odds and others became statistics. I enjoyed how she vividly portrayed the people in her li ...more
Nov 11, 2012 Antoinette rated it it was amazing
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
Keshena Cook
Aug 02, 2014 Keshena Cook rated it liked it
This book was a little too over the top for me. It contained Unnecessary profanity. Due to the age range at the time of the stories' events made some of them unbelievable. I thought she was too young to remember that much detail. I found myself saying "Yeah, right!" a lot. I get it...sell books...I did like the way she unfolded her characters and information. There were a lot of funny parts and sad parts too. Still an admirable struggle for any Black woman.
Aug 16, 2013 Msladydeborah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are a fan of author Karen E. Quinones Miller her autobiographical novel An Angry-Ass Black Woman is definitely a book that you should check out. Quinones-Miller tells the story of her childhood and the events that helped to shape her as a woman and as a author while recovering from surgery for a brain tumor.

This autobiographical novel gives readers the opportunity to take a look into the family life of Quinones Miller during her childhood, teens and into the early years of her adulthood.

May 19, 2016 Cathy rated it really liked it
It was bookclub pick and I was not looking forward to reading it based on the title. I had actually made up my mind that I was not going to read it!. But I did and I am glad that I did. Karen was angry and by all rights she should have been but she didn't stop there. She pushed and prodded her way through her rough childhood of rape, drugs, poverty and came out of it a positive,intelligent hard working woman. I liked that this book told her story of survival and triumphs. And provided a better m ...more
Dec 30, 2012 Ciuin rated it it was amazing
Karen E. Quinones Miller is an amazing writer. As a best-selling author, she tells her own story in a way that felt comfortable, natural. I felt as if I were sitting down with her at a coffee shop, listening to her tell me about her experiences.

Her command of language and use of structure kept me turning pages. I cried with her losses and cheered her victories. I feel as if she turned her life over to her fans as friends, letting us get to know her better.

I loved this book and would recommend i
Dec 19, 2013 Kelly rated it it was amazing
I came across this book while browsing the black literature section at the library, and I'm so glad I found it! And this author! This is a hard hitting autobiography narrated from the point of view of an African American lady growing up in the mean streets of harlam it's gripping, believable funny in some places but also has some very difficult parts to read I really enjoyed the book so much so I've ordered some of her earlier books and ones she mentioned she had read too I can't wait to read 's ...more
Aug 05, 2016 Shirley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Angry Black Woman telling all

This was a good read, as that it was somewhat autobiographical, Karen went through a lot that made her develop the angry black woman attitude.
Sep 11, 2014 Yalonda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: great-read
I enjoyed reading this book! At first it seemed a little slow. She repeated 117th so much It was insane lol. This book is straight to the point and raw! If you have every read "A Piece of Cake" by Cupcake Brown, and loved it, then you will like this book as well. Just like "A Piece of Cake", this book motivated me in a way I can't explain. As the saying goes, "When you go through things, just know that someone out there has or is going through way worse than you". This book will have you countin ...more
Rhina M. Finley
Nov 28, 2012 Rhina M. Finley rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All
Recommended to Rhina M. by: Urban Readers Lists
If I can give this book more than five stars, I would! For me this autobiograpghy is very intense. Reading this book makes you not want to complain about anything in life. But were humans and we still do. Some of the events in this book was shocking. I just wanted to jump in the story and fight for her. She had every right to be angry. But I'm glad she kept her baby, whom became her greatest love. Even after everything she loved God and made it out of her coma. And she wasn't angry anymore. This ...more
Sep 02, 2014 Precious rated it it was amazing
This book was an awesome recall of the authors life and experiences.
Bernice Watson
Apr 13, 2015 Bernice Watson rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book!
Tru Royalty
Feb 16, 2013 Tru Royalty rated it really liked it
The title and the cursing was a little discouraging but once I got pass that I realized on so my level there are plenty of these women that go thru lack and abuse but instead of causing self destruction they lash out at everyone else. I really appreciated that she was brilliant and honest about her feeling. She took that anger and made money she wasn't afraid to go speak how she felt and go after what she wanted its amazing how she and Camille work together to make the impossible happen. By the ...more
Oct 28, 2014 Nomorecandy4u rated it really liked it
Love her books
Mar 23, 2013 Nicole rated it it was amazing
Wow I absolutely love this novel man even if some of it was sad moment. I love the fact that family always stuck together and everyone in the neighborhood looked out for everyone like family now that what I called hood love. Man I love the Quinones family they are crazy but they are their for everyone and never turn their back on anyone.I happy You Karen made it out of your situation and was bless with sharing your sucess and upbring really enjoy reading thanks
Tawni A.
Feb 12, 2013 Tawni A. rated it it was amazing
This book was great, one of the best I've read in a long time. I'm part of a bookclub, and we choose the book based on the title alone. This book was very raw and gritty, and I visioned each page. I applaud Ms. Quinones Miller for sharing her story. It really gives hope to people who are trying to make a better life for themselves, even as they endure daily struggles.
Feb 01, 2013 Brenda rated it it was amazing
I thought it was good...the female version of Manchild In A Promised Land. Interesting insight into the person who wrote the thought provoking best sell I'm Telling was full of laugh out loud humor, and tear dropping scenes. My only problem????? It had to come an end.
Sep 20, 2016 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
So very much loved this book. Karen wrote a great book about her past. You will enjoy it from the beginning to the end. I would highly recommend this book.
Asha Brown
May 23, 2013 Asha Brown rated it it was amazing
really good!!!! should have been more to the story.....
Jan 21, 2013 Kp rated it it was ok
Great story!
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Karen E. Quinones Miller is the author of the Essence best selling novels Satin Doll, I’m Telling, Using What You Got, Ida B., (nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction), Satin Nights, and Passin’.

Miller was born and raised in Harlem and dropped out of school in the 8th grade, but later finished her education and became a reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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