Review: Brothers & Me – Donna Britt

Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (December 8, 2011) Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316021849
ISBN-13: 978-0316021845
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This book is not only a Memoir of Donna Britt’s life, but a beautiful tribute to her brother Darrell.  Darrell Britt was killed in 1977 by two police officers.  His only crime it seems from this book was asking someone for a ride.  However, the story goes deeper than that.  Ms. Britt covers a lifelong habit she has had of giving to all the men in her life, sometimes at the sacrifice of her own desires and needs. 

The book can be brutal at times, like when she discusses how she lost her virginity to date rape.  Throughout the story though, you get a great sense in her inner strength.  I’d not heard of Ms. Britt prior to reading this book, but I find her quite admirable as a woman.

The book was a very interesting and heart wrenching memoir.  I managed to complete it in 2 days, so it’s also very compelling.  At the end you feel like you’ve gotten to know her and her siblings, particularly her brother Darrell.  But more importantly, I think, you get to understand women better, and black women it seems in particular. 

I’d recommend this book to anyone who feels like they are always giving and not getting any appreciation back.  I think it’s probably geared towards those women.  Anyone else who enjoys a good memoir I think would also find something to appreciate within the pages of this book.

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 has been featured on Oprah, C-Span, and NPR. She lives in Maryland with her husband, youngest son, and male dog.

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