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The first book from the creative force that is Tyler Perry: a confessional memoir in the voice of Madea.
In 2005, Tyler Perry took Hollywood by storm. The movie he wrote, produced, and starred in, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, opened number one at the box office and went on to gross more than $50 million. In its first week on sale, the DVD sold 2.4 million copies. At the same time, Perry was starring nightly across the country in a soldout stage show he'd also written, produced, and scored Madea Goes to Jail even as another one of his productions, Meet the Browns, was touring nationally. Every week in 2005, 35,000 people saw a Tyler Perry production. His second feature film, Madea's Family Reunion, opens in theaters in February 2006. Now, this triple-threat actor/playwright/director, has written his first book, and it features his most beloved, most irreverent creation: sixty-eight-year-old grandmother Madea Simmons.
Madea is at the center of all of Tyler Perry's work, and she's always unfailingly outspoken, dead-on, and hilarious. But in Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings, Madea shares more than she ever has before about herself, and about what she thinks of everyone around her. The topics inimitably covered by Madea (a term of endearment for "Mother Dear") include love and marriage, child-rearing, etiquette and neighborliness, beauty tips, health tips, financial tips, the Bible and the church, and, of course, gun care. She's brazen, feisty, and never at a loss for words, but at the heart of everything she says and at the heart of all of Perry's work is a resounding message of faith and forgiveness.
Shockingly hilarious, surprisingly moving, and as rousing and inspiring as a great gospel show, Madea's words of wisdom, memories, and straight-up in-your-face advice will be cherished by Perry's numerous fans and it all comes just in time for Mother's Day. Tyler Perry is about to take the publishing world by storm.
"One could say that if the title of this book confuses you, then you probably shouldn't be reading it. But, as 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 (who provides his own introduction before turning the reins over to his inner grandma) 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. Although veering dangerously close to serious at times, Perry litters Madea's anarchic, stage-ready monologues with hilariously bad quips along the lines of 'the grass is always greener on the other side, but the water bill is higher.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Madea fans, and those who appreciate brutal honesty and the occasional off-color remark, will enjoy this book." Booklist
In a zany confessional memoir, the author's alter ego, the outspoken, worldly wise grandmother Madea, shares her thoughts on life, love, and everyone around her, reflecting on marriage, child-rearing, etiquette, health tips, finance, the Bible and the church, beauty advice, and gun care. Reprint. 300,000 first printing.
The first book from the creative force known as Tyler Perry is a confessional memoir in the voice of Madea, the beloved, sharp-tongued, worldly, pistol-packing grandma who is at the center of his popular stage shows and the star of his #1 hit movie, "Diary of a Mad Black Woman."
If you can count on one thing from "Madea" Mabel Simmons, star of the smash hits Diary of a Mad Black Woman
, Madea's Family Reunion
, and Madea's Witness Protection
, it's that she's got something to say. Now the beloved, sharp-tongued, pistol-packing grandmother has her own lifestyle book-part memoir, many parts hard-won, hilarious, straight-up in-your-face words of wisdom. Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings
is a #1 New York Times
bestseller and a won a Quill Award for Book of the Year, Best Humor Book in 2006.
About the Author
Tyler Perry is a playwright, producer, director, composer, and actor. He is the creative force behind ten theatrical productions that have toured nationally. He is also the writer, producer, and star of the recent number-one hit movie Diary of a Mad Black Woman. His second feature film Madea's Family Reunion, which he wrote, produced, directed, and stars in, is scheduled for release in February 2006. Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings is his first book.