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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (558 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Virginia DeBerry, Donna Grant Narrator: Lisa Reneé Pitts Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455181230
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The beloved #1 Essence bestselling authors of Tryin’ to Sleep in the Bed You Made now deliver a novel in which you’ll meet their most unforgettable characters.

Carmen, Jewel, and Regina could not be more different. When they meet as freshmen at Columbia University, they are at a crossroad, and each is pretty confident that a friendship among them isn’t in the cards. Jewel is Hollywood royalty. As the teenage star of the television show Daddy’s Girl, her face is instantly recognizable all across America. Now, though, she wants only to get a serious education and to leave her controlling stage-mother behind. Regina is the definitive upper-middle-class African American girl. Her picture-perfect parents are what she calls “black Ward and June Cleavers” and their goals for her are like a stranglehold. And no one can see how far Regina’s rebellious side will take her—or how treacherous it will become. Carmen is just trying to get by. A child of the projects whose father is dead and whose mother has vanished, she has been raised by her abusive brother. Columbia is the way for her to get a better life—if she can hold down two jobs and keep her GPA up.

As the years progress, they are challenged by drug addiction, fame, secrets from the past, sickness, betrayal, and the darkest things women can face. But each has what the others need, and their circle of sisterhood, though strained, is never broken—not even by death. Better Than I Know Myself is a novel of heartache, triumph, tears, and the unshakeable bonds among women.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Engaging.”

    Essence

  • “I laughed, I cried, I identified!!!”

    Sybil Wilkes, The Tom Joyner Morning Show

  • “Hard to put down.”

    American Woman

  • “Pitts is a marvel! Her depiction of a large cast of characters is remarkable.”

    AudioFile

  • “Vividly realistic.”

    Midwest Book Review

  • “Powerful.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 C. | 2/6/2014

    " The most touching book that I've ever read. A true page-turner "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice | 1/22/2014

    " I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK!! I RARELY READ A BOOK TWICE BUT THIS ONE WAS JUST THAT GOOD. THE STORY GOT ME IN AND HOOKED WITH THE FIRST SENTENCE. WOW! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 1/21/2014

    " life is full of changes, but with perserverance,one can overcome obstacles. And when one overcomes a challenge, it's good to have a great friend to rejoice with. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mercedes Harris | 12/30/2013

    " This is my absolute favorite book. I was laughing and crying. It the story of three girls all attending the same collge, but from very different worlds. I can't really spaek on the book too much, because it ruins the entire book. I would reccomend it to anyone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexis | 12/27/2013

    " Bittersweet tale of friendship. Audiobook narrator was really good, but I didn't enjoy the story all too much. It was a bit too sappy and too long and didn't really have a point. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 12/21/2013

    " This was a good book. Lots of unexpected turns in the story, especially the ending. Never saw it coming. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 11/7/2013

    " This is an excellent read. You laugh, you cry, you become one of the girls. You can relate to each character in this book. I absolutely loved it!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pearl | 10/26/2013

    " Enjoyed the story the friendship, hardship, love, and death. This was well written. When an author can reach so many emotions in one story you know they have done a great job. I would like to read something else from them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 J.R. Randle | 10/24/2013

    " A novel with a clear message about friendship. I enjoyed this book. The writing is sometimes mediocre however, I do enjoy the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanne | 9/25/2013

    " I loved this book. One of those books that I might lend, but I NEED it back! As someone who cherishes my few, special girlfriend relationships I loved this and it was the first book to EVER make me really cry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tonie | 9/18/2013

    " Oprah! Make this into a movie! It is that good! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 9/10/2013

    " This was a good book but it was VERY VERY slow. However, once I got into it, it was a very touching story "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarita | 9/6/2012

    " Excellent read! Cried my eyes out! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 PC Marks | 4/4/2012

    " Excellent! Three unlikely girls cross paths and develop life long friendships helping each other through searching for a child, drug addiction, weddings, cancer and death-awesome! Just when I thought I had it figured out Deberry & Grant took a new route! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 4/9/2011

    " Interesting book about good friends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamara | 12/13/2009

    " This book completely resonated with me when I read it. Three different friends with distinct life paths. I really enjoyed watching them change, struggle, and triumph. The ending was a definite tear-jerker. This book is worth owning. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ebony | 11/30/2008

    " This story was a really touching illustration of friendship and the bonds that are formed through the years. I laughed and cried ... A LOT. This would make an excellent gift between girlfriends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie Scott | 8/18/2007

    " Long one and I agree there was a lot of " extra". It could have been shorter but I couldn't stop reading. I haven't cried that hard over a book in awhile. It was a love of friendships that brought me to tears. Call your girlfriends, there's no friendship like girlfriendship. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelia | 7/17/2007

    " This book was too long, it could have been a much shorter read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vernetta | 4/30/2007

    " woderful touching story. Surprise ending "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Efundunke | 10/9/2006

    " These books are getting too real. So good. the ones you least expect. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria | 1/30/2006

    " Read the other reviews before reading this book. I din't love it as much as everyone else seemed too. I thought the book picked up in the second half, I enjoyed it from there on. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chezon | 1/9/2006

    " Read it. Don't remember much about it which says something about the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 6/22/2005

    " I found this book to be interesting, with several moments of 'Hey, I've done that' included. I would recommend both this book and the authors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 5/6/2005

    " Enjoyed the friendship story line. Women need a strong group of friends to get through life's ups and downs. Men will come a go but true girlfriends are also there even when you think they won't be. The only draw back was the 90's dated references. "

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About the Author

Virginia DeBerry is a New York Times bestselling author who was a high school English teacher for almost ten years before becoming a plus-size print model. She attended Fisk University and graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She created Maxima, a fashion and lifestyle magazine for plus-size women, with Donna Grant, where she was the editor-in-chief, and has since become sought after as a keynote speaker, motivational/inspirational speaker, and panelist for a wide variety of meetings, organizations, companies, churches, and cultural and educational institutions. Virginia has also appeared on CNN and Good Day New York and been featured in Essence Magazine and Glamour, among others. She lives in New Jersey.

About the Narrator

Lisa Reneé Pitts is an accomplished actress in theater, film, and television, appearing in The Practice, The Shield, and Law & Order. A native New Yorker, she holds a BFA in theater arts from Rutgers University and resides in Burbank, California.