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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (58 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Donna Britt Narrator: Rachel Leslie Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2011 ISBN: 9781470331405
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Donna Britt has always been surrounded by men—her father, three brothers, two husbands, three sons, countless friends. She learned to give to them at an early age. But after her beloved brother Darrell’s senseless killing by police thirty years ago, she began giving more, unconsciously seeking to help other men the way she couldn’t help Darrell. 

Brothers (and Me) navigates Britt’s life through her relationships with men—resulting in a tender, funny, and heartbreaking exploration of universal issues of gender and race. It asks: Why, for so long, did Britt—like millions of seemingly self-aware women—rarely put herself first? With attuned storytelling and hard-wrought introspection, Britt finds that even the sharpest woman may need reminding that giving to others requires giving to oneself.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • “[A] gutsy memoir…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 Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jasmine | 11/10/2013

    " This book is about tragedy and giving. I found this book to be well written and I was sad for Ms Britt having lost her father and her brother. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ghana Wilson | 10/27/2013

    " This book spoke to me and each page was like reading a page from my personal journals... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LaShona | 9/3/2013

    " Beautifully written memoir.It is insightful, honest, and humorous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sister | 8/4/2013

    " It took me a while to get into this book. Then it just clicked. Maybe because she is so rigorous about trying to understand her motivations for her own behavior. Well-written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 11/27/2012

    " Never really got into it. Skimmed most of it. Part of me related to her description of woman as constant givers, but another part of me wanted to say, "put on your big girl panties and get on with it." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hal | 11/18/2012

    " I saw her speak at the book festival, and in person she's just like her book. I enjoyed the parts about how her brother's tragedy affected her life and relationships. The strictly woman parts were less interesting to me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jhwood31 | 9/21/2012

    " A lot of what she says about the role of a big sister, wife and mother rang true and was funny but the end was really heavy sledding and wore me out. She is local and I read her columns in the past so I did know what I was in for. "

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About the Author

Donna Britt is a former syndicated columnist for the Washington Post, writing on issues both topical and personal. She has won awards from the American Society of Newspaper Editors, the National Association of Black Journalists, and other organizations, and she has been featured on Oprah, C-Span, and NPR. She lives in Maryland with her husband and youngest son.

About the Narrator

Rachel Leslie is an audiobook narrator whose readings include In the Midst of It All by Tiffany Warren, Saved and Single by Sheila Copeland, and Leonardo Da Vinci: Giants of Science by Kathleen Krull.