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Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings | [Tyler Perry]

Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings

If you can count on one thing from "Madea" Mabel Simmons, star of Diary of a Mad Black Woman and Madea's Family Reunion, it's that she's got something to say. She's the beloved, hilarious, sharp-witted, pistol-packing grandmother who's watching out and speaking her mind. Now Madea is telling her own story, dishing her memoirs and hard-won, hilarious wisdom in her own inimitable voice (with a little help from her friend Tyler Perry).
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Publisher's Summary

If you can count on one thing from "Madea" Mabel Simmons, star of the smash hits Diary of a Mad Black Woman and Madea's Family Reunion, it's that she's got something to say. For as long as people can remember, Madea has been in the neighborhood - she's the beloved, hilarious, sharp-witted, pistol-packing grandmother who's watching out and speaking her mind.

Now Madea is telling her own story, dishing her memoirs and hard-won, hilarious wisdom in her own inimitable voice (with a little help from her friend Tyler Perry). Madea covers every topic you want to hear her on, from the art of flirting, to love and marriage (sometimes two very separate topics), and raising kids (including the full story on the bag o' belts). She also opines on beauty tips (featuring her indispensable advice on the miraculous benefits of Vasoline), the healthy choice of a deep-fried diet, and the Bible (including her favorite Bible story, as you have definitely never heard it before) - and pretty much everything else.

Madea has lived quite a life, and she has some stories to tell. And they're all here. As she's fond of saying, "Sometimes life is hard, and you have to laugh your way through it."

©2006 Tyler Perry Inc.; (P)2007 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. All rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

"Inimitable." (Ebony)
"Wicked." (Entertainment Weekly)
"Hilarious." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    William Forestville, MD, USA 05-31-08
    William Forestville, MD, USA 05-31-08
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    "A story of no stories"

    I was expecting another play story as with the other works of Mr. Perry. I was not pleased at all. It was not a story of reading at all just... quotes and sayings. This was really bad.

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    Diana Pinellas Park, FL, United States 05-25-08
    Diana Pinellas Park, FL, United States 05-25-08 Member Since 2007
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    "What a Hoot!"

    What an absolutely great character!! She is a total hoot, and such a fabulous inspiration for the middle aged woman. You forget that she is really Tyler Perry. This is a great book and I cannot imagine reading this book over listening to it.

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    Priscilla Lockport, NY, United States 10-30-07
    Priscilla Lockport, NY, United States 10-30-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Alright"

    Madear simply tells it like it T I is. She's a
    Benie Mac of sorts. It's not what I expect. Did not hold my attention for very long. It was typical Madear.

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    keynotes 06-10-07
    keynotes 06-10-07 Member Since 2003
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    "Wise and Funny"

    I would highly recommend this book. Some parts were just hilarious and other parts just made you smile and think "I never thought of it quite that way". Very entertaining and I really liked the way that the chapters were divided by topics. This i would consider as a very good listen.

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    Veronica Ogden, Utah 06-01-07
    Veronica Ogden, Utah 06-01-07 Member Since 2004

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    "Hilarious"

    Tyler Perry is brillant; he anwsers questions many of us think about but are to embarrassed to ask. Don't let the title mislead you this book pertains to all people Black, White or Brown. Because everyone has a Madea in their family. She's "Sofia" in the Golden Girls, Judge Judy.She's the backbone of your family.She's the person who's going to tell it like it is. You will not be bored. Keep bringing it Tyler.

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    Boomyarddie NJ USA 04-05-07
    Boomyarddie NJ USA 04-05-07 Listener Since 2007
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    "Madea!!"

    Guess what? Forget reading te book and buy the audio book!! You will have Madea (herself) reading it. Can you imagine side splitting wisdom from her for more than 4 hours?

    GET THE AUDIO BOOK, GET THE AUDIO!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gil Los Angeles, CA, USA 03-08-07
    Gil Los Angeles, CA, USA 03-08-07 Member Since 2007
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    "I loved it."

    Tyler Perry makes me laugh so hard! Everyone can enjoy his humor. I hope he does more of these books , they make my day of work go by so much better.

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    Cathy Indianapolis, IN, USA 04-22-07
    Cathy Indianapolis, IN, USA 04-22-07
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    "Not your normal Madea"

    Perry didn't have to write this book, very slow moving and not funny at all.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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