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I found this at a library book sale for 50 cents. I'm not sure that it's worth the two quarters. It's billed as a tongue and cheek guide to embracing your inner Angry Black Woman. This book was published in 2004, so it's references are dated. However, it's the use of tired stereotypes that squash its intended humor. I cringed through a lot of this. I think I even would have struggled through the book in 2004. It was disappointing.
The Angry Black Woman's (ABW) Guide to Life is a tongue-in-cheek examination of black women's reactions and thoughts caused by societal and situational frustrations. Weighing in at about 160 pages, it covers a variety of topics (some better than others) in a variety of forms. It opens with a multiple-choice quiz to allow readers to determine their ABW type. The three categories of results align with personality types of both fictional and real women; examples are Mo'Nique/Aunt Esther, Diana Ross...
I liked the introduction quiz to determine which type of ABW (Angry Black Woman) you are. The chapter on ABWs Who Changed the World was enlightening. Liked the summaries for Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Anita Hill and Rosa Parks. The chapter on "Well-Meaning Racists: Sometimes They Say the Stupidest Things" of course brings up issues about Projects - not every Black person is from the Projects; Hair - don't touch without asking first; Affirmation Action - no, I did not get this job because t...
I should have known. I don't think Angela Burt Murray's editorial's in Essence are very smart and neither was this book. It was supposed to be funny, but it trafficked in so many stereotypes, I had a hard time finding the redeeming moments. Besides that, it's not a book just a series of silly quizzes and lists. My favorite was a few of the parenting strategies and parts of the "is this your man" quiz. I wouldn't recommend that anyone buy it, but if you found it or checked it out at the library,
I'd really give this 2.5 stars, but am rounding up because I like their overall intent. A quick, sometimes amusing, sometimes right on read.