Better Than I Know Myself

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St. Martin's Press, Apr 1, 2010 - Fiction - 384 pages
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The beloved #1 Essence bestselling authors of Tryin' to Sleep in the Bed You Made now deliver a novel in which you'll meet their most unforgettable characters yet. Carmen, Jewel, and Regina could not be more different. When they meet as freshmen at Columbia University, they're pretty confident that a friendship among them isn't in the cards.

Jewel is Hollywood royalty: as the teenage star of the TV show "Daddy's Girl," her face is instantly recognizable all across America. Now, though, she wants two things-to get a serious education, and to leave her controlling stage mother behind. Regina is the definitive upper-middle-class African-American girl. Her picture-perfect parents are what she calls "black Ward and June Cleavers" and their goals for her are like a stranglehold. No one can see, though, how far Regina's rebellious side will take her (or how treacherous it will become). Carmen is just trying to get by. A child of the projects whose father is dead and whose mother has vanished, Carmen has been raised by her abusive brother. Columbia is the way for her to get a better life-if she can hold down two jobs and keep her GPA up.

When the three of them meet, their lives are at a crossroad. And as the years progress, from the 1980s to the present day, they are challenged by drug addiction, fame, secrets from the past, sickness, betrayal, and the darkest things women can face. One of them won't survive. But what will be the lasting legacy of their friendship? Better Than I Know Myself is a novel of heartache, triumph, tears, and the unshakeable bonds among women.

 

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Great book. The story of this true friendship was so lovely. Great details into the friendships and lives of the girls. Ladies next time please supply tissues with books of this caliber.

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A great look at female frinedships. How three very different woman can grow together, connect and form strong friendships. It is funny, sad, tragic and full of hope. I love friendships book that show how hard and rewarding it is too find those people that you can't imagine your life without. Read full review

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Contents

Prologue
1
I Made It
3
Three Pieces from very Different Puzzles
16
flying Solo in the Naked City
29
everything Costs Something
42
Born Ready and Tired of Waitin
56
Youve Been Where they want to Go
69
YeahMaybeI Dont Know
84
ill Sleep When Im Old
187
youve Probably Been Looking For My Horns
201
truth Hurts Less than all the Lies
213
Shed have to Juggle Like a Champ to Keep all Her Balls in the Air
224
storm Clouds Brewing with no Hint of the Sun
233
Duty and Curtain Calls?
242
nothing to Lose and Worlds to Conquer
251
Love Feels a Whole Lot Better
263

backwhen Moments and Whatif Hopes
95
the Wrong Meat for this Sandwich
103
I dont need nobody rockin my boat
119
time Makes You More Of Who You Are
125
Through It All
136
Kiss? Cheek? Lips? Too Much To Consider
146
The Better To Sleep With My Dear
153
everything Is Business Especially Family
164
no Training Wheels
176
jumping Off a Building Feels Like Flying Till You Hit Bottom
273
whatiffing Wont Change a Thing
292
no Need for Sorry
309
onceinalife Timing
320
tempting the Fates
330
a Life is Something You Build
342
Epilogue
354
Authors Note to the Readers
357
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Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant are the bestselling authors of Far from the Tree and Tryin' to Sleep in the Bed You Made. Tryin' to Sleep in the Bed You Made won the Merit Award for fiction from the black caucus of the American Library Association, the Book of the Year award from Blackboard, and the New Author of the Year Award from the Go On Girl Book Club. Virginia and Donna first met while working as models, and what should have been a rivalry ended up as a decades-long friendship. Virginia lives in New Jersey, and Donna lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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