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Brothers (and Me) by Donna Britt
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really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction, traditionally-published, she-says
Recommended for: Women

** spoiler alert ** I really enjoyed this book! Donna is a woman who loves giving – but then gets angry sometimes when she believes she is being taken for granted. She blames EVERYTHING that happens in her life on her brother Darrell's death when she was in college. This reminds me of Twin: A Memoir, in which the author blames EVERYTHING in his life on being separated from his twin sister when he was a child. One of her messages is that women are givers, especially black women. Women do it all, but have hidden rage and frustration. Donna only has brothers (3) and sons (3). She is constantly surrounded by men whom she lavishes attention and care on. Should she stop this? Why? Why not? How can she make time for herself? How can she get the appreciation she deserves? This is more or less what the book is about. She thinks she inadvertently caused her brother's death. She goes through rape (when she was a virgin in college), divorce (from her first husband who turns into a crack addict), and infidelity (from her second husband, who cheats on her for two years “on and off”). She forgives him and they are still together. Very open, honest, moving and riveting. Intellectually stimulating, too, with racism, feminism, and what it means to be caring and giving all taking the forefront. I highly enjoyed this book.
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January 13, 2012 – Finished Reading
November 18, 2013 – Shelved

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