I received an unsolicited email regarding a giveaway for this book. I decided to enter the contest and a few weeks later the book arrived from the publisher. I never expected it to be a little treasure.
When I started reading I wasn’t immediately drawn in. Actually, I almost concluded that this book would be used to decorate the bookshelf. But then I decided that page 4 wasn’t a good place to draw that conclusion.
Brothers (& me) contains over 15 chapters and Britt is somehow able to weave them together while keeping them separate. She discusses the most intimate details of her life with a candor that makes you wonder if the privacy of those involved had been violated.
A few of the topics discussed include: life for a black family in the 60’s in the Midwest, date rape, abortion, the perfect man, infidelity, body image, and balancing career and family. Of course I most enjoyed the chapters discussing events that I have experienced in my own life: the transition from an HBCU (historically black college or university) to a predominantly white university, being seen and heard in the work place, and hair. If you are a black woman or know a black woman well, you know that hair can be considered an event!
Although it didn’t seem as if I had much in common with Donna Britt, I found that I was able to relate to her. Even though her story is uniquely hers, the book carries a theme (love = giving) that is ubiquitous among many of us.
“Nothing in the world is more elusive than memory.”
“Brothers (& me)” by Donna Britt