Madea helpfully suggests, "If you don't understand something I'm saying here and you're not black, you will have to ask somebody who is. Madea, Southern-speak for "mother dear," is the fierce alter ego of Tyler Perry, who has paraded the marijuana-smoking, pistol-packing, trash-talking matron through a series of hit gospel plays and films. Although primarily a comic figure based on unapologetically crude behavior coming from a harmless-looking old lady, Madea is envisioned by Perry as a throwback to a time when strong matriarchs ruled the community. The result is a surprisingly fresh compilation of homespun advice which Madea says the reader should take "at your own risk" on love, sex, getting ahead in life and (strangely) the thousand-plus uses of Vaseline. Read more about Sister 2 Sister: Don't Make a Black Woman Take off Her Earrings
At the age of seventeen, despite the promise of her extraordinary voice, Fantasia was in danger of becoming just another sad statistic: an uneducated, unmarried teenage mother living in the projects. But Fantasia had been raised by two strong, influential women: Both her grandmother and mother are preachers, and she was raised with an unshakable faith. In Life Is Not a Fairy Tale, Fantasia speaks -- with a spirit as strong as her voice -- about what it takes to believe in the power of one's self. Read more about Sister 2 Sister: Life is Not a Fairy Tale
Death brings about strange emotions. Glynda Naylor discovers this when she gets the call that she must bury her beloved daddy, who raised her and her three sisters after their mother's death. He was a fantastic father, without question, but did he have something to hide? Like, perhaps, another daughter? Read more about Sister 2 Sister: Sittin' in the Front Pew
A Christy Award finalist offers a bold and gritty story about one of the most talked about issues in the church--religious leaders who sexually abuse members of their congregations--and how two women heal after betrayal. Read more about Sister 2 Sister: The Amen Sisters
Meet the author Kimberla Lawson Roby
The HMCPL and its Sister 2 Sister / Brother 2 Brother Book Club are pleased to present the New York Times bestselling author Kimberla Lawson Roby!
Roby's novels deal with real-life issues in compelling, readable ways. No topic is too sensitive to speak of: domestic violence, church issues, discrimination, and infidelity have all come up in her writing. Her warmth comes through in her writing; her characters become as personal and familiar as friends to her readers. Read more about Meet author Kimberla Lawson Roby (2007)