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40 Hours and an Unwritten Rule: The Diary of a Nigger, Negro, Colored, Black, African-American Woman

40 Hours and an Unwritten Rule: The Diary of a Nigger, Negro, Colored, Black, African-American Woman

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Rating: 3 stars
Summary: A day in the life...
Review: How far have we really come in regards to the race issue? No matter what strides we make, are there still lines of racial inequality? Will we ever break the stereotypical mindsets that follow us like a bad odor? These are some of the issues that Racey Thomas, a young, upwardly mobile, African-American woman is facing. As she attempts to make a place for herself in corporate America, we get a peek into Racey's life as she deals with her co-workers and their pre-conceived notions regarding Blacks. Some situations Racey found herself in were defending her education (she graduated with honors); having to explain why there is a need for Black History Month (at the same time running down a list of African-Americans who have made their mark on the world with their inventions); and being the only person of color in a upper-level meeting, where racial jokes are the norm.

THE DIARY OF A NIGGER, NEGRO, COLORED, BLACK, AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMAN is an excerpt from the book of life of any person, male or female, of the African-American persuasion. I must admit the title of this book caught my eye, promoting a desire within me to read about and become inspired by the injustices we face and one woman's attempts to change society's impression of our race. As I read each page, the inspiration never came. While I recognize and relate to every injustice Racey faced, this book did not stir me or move me to do more to erase, or at the very least, to blur the lines of racial inequality as I hoped it would.

Reviewed by Renee Williams
of The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers

Rating: 4 stars
Summary: Refreshing
Review: If choosing a title for a first novel is any indication of how well the novel plays into society - then 40 Hours and an Unwritten Rule should be at the top of the best sellers list - if for no other reason, for the "Racey" title. The title caught me instantly, as I'm sure if has or will with many others. And I was very happy to say that the contents were very true to the implied message...overcoming the stereo-types of a particular race and/or culture and standing your ground in the process while trying to stay true to "self". I know that so many people struggle with the issues that Racey put out there and it was refreshing to have a young, African-American women come to comfortable terms with herself in the end. Kim William's first novel was a thoughtful, true, fun and quick read. I guarantee that anyone who's attention is caught by the clever, catchy title will open the book to find situations that may be pages in their diary as well. Wonderful!

Rating: 4 stars
Summary: A Diary Worth Reading
Review: Racy Thomas is a woman on a mission in Kim Williams', 40 Hours and an Unwritten Rule: The Diary of a Nigger, Negro, Colored, Black, African-American Woman.

After leaving home to go to college, Racy is determined to prove that her mother, Uncle Ray-Ray and a host of other family members are wrong. For the majority of her life, Racy's family has warned her about the funny ways of "the white folks." Convinced that her family cannot possibly be right, Racy decides against going to a historically black college and instead opts for a more culturally diverse campus. It is there that she receives her wake-up call and realizes that her family may not be wrong after all. After graduating, Racy leaves her college experience behind and walks into her first job with thoughts of
being treated as an equal. Once again -- she receives a wake-up call. It is then that she grows from what she describes as a nigger child trying to fit in, into a self-confident, African-American woman, that could care less what Caucasians think about her.

As an African-American woman, I found this book to be wonderfully hilarious. From coming into work and having to answer numerous questions about my braids, to eating leftovers in the break room and having to explain what I'm eating, to the occasional insensitive joke - I have experienced it all. Williams definitely has her finger on the pulse of Caucasian/African-American relations in the office.

If you are an African-American woman I definitely recommend this book. While it does not solve the world's problems on race-relations, it definitely confirms something that we should all know -- it is okay to be ourselves.

APOOO BookClub

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