Brothers (& Me): A Memoir of Loving and Giving
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 30 years ago, she began giving more, unconsciously seeking to help other men the way she couldn’t help Darrell. Brothers (& 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.
Listed as one of 10 Titles to Pick Up Now by O Magazine
“Achingly honest…. A wrenching, introspective examination of a life through the prism of racism, sexism, and unconditional devotion…Britt realizes that love is “the glue that binds a soul’s warring selves, the meeting place at which our opposites melt into and become part of each other.”
— The Boston Globe
Brothers (and Me) “is more personal, but no less significant” than Condoleezza Rice’s memoir…
— Library Journal
“In this gutsy memoir, journalist Britt writes engagingly about the men in her life, and how caring for them often robbed her of a sense of self-mission….Britt writes eloquently of a woman’s sense of anguish and ambiguity in giving herself so completely.”
— Publishers Weekly
Donna Britt is a born giver and along life’s bumpy roads she found her share of takers. Combining her incredible talents of giving and writing, in this tender but gritty well-crafted memoir she dropped her fig leaf bearing her soul, faced her demons, and arose the victor. Never again will I read a newspaper headline without imagining the other brothers of the world behind it.”
— Ron Hall, coauthor of Same Kind of Different as Me
“As she weaves together stories of her relationships past and present, Britt intelligently comments on bigger issues, including race, segregation and what it means to be a woman today, creating one captivating read.”
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