Hill Harper’s New Book on African-American Relationships

Posted: September 13, 2009 by bigced in Hip Hop News/Press Releases
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“Simply put, black women and black men are not communicating. And perhaps the saddest part of our lack of communication is that in many ways we are not even friends anymore.” — Hill Harper, THE CONVERSATION

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Hill Harper
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New York, NY (BlackNews.com) – In his first book for adults, the NAACP award-winning, New York Times Bestselling Hill Harper sparks honest dialogues about the crisis in African American relationships.

Only 34% of African-American children today are raised in two-parent households. That is down from 1966, when 85% of black children were raised by two parents. Harper brings a variety of issues out of the shadows in THE CONVERSATION: How Black Men and Women Can Build Trusting Relationships (Gotham Books, September 8, 2009; $22.50)

Harper speaks to women and men with a clear-eyed perspective, covering such topics as:

* The roots of the breakdown in the black family
* Bridging the communication gap
* The difference between sex and intimacy

Harper also discusses gender specific issues such as:

* What men can do to break the cycle of being a “player”
* The myth that there are no mature, single, black male professionals
* What women can do to alleviate the “heaviness” they sometimes attach to dating
* Self-worth and net worth, and why you should never settle for an unworthy partner.

Collecting stories from couples in all stages of relationships — from throes of new love to 50-year long marriages, Harper dissects what goes wrong, and what can go right, in the relationships African Americans are having today.

African American men and women: it’s time to have THE CONVERSATION.

On Sale: September 8, 2009
Price: $22.50

About Hill Harper
Hill Harper is the author of the bestseller Letters to a Young Brother (Gotham Books, 2006), which won two NAACP awards and was named Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Associate in 2007. Earlier this year he received a NAACP award for the hardcover version of the bestselling Letters to a Young Sister, which also appeared on both the New York Times and Essence Bestseller Lists. Currently starring in CSI: NY playing Dr. Hawkes, a role for which he won the 2008 Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a drama series, Hill has appeared in numerous prime-time television shows and feature films, including The Sopranos, ER, Lacakawanna Blues, He Got Game, The Skulls, In Too Deep, The Nephew and The Visit. Hill graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. from Brown University (and was valedictorian of his department) and cum laude with a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He also holds a Master’s Degree with Honors from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He is a motivational speaker around the country. Named one of People’s Sexiest Men Alive, he lives in Los Angeles.

About Penguin Group/Gotham Books
Gotham Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), was launched in 2003 by industry veteran William Shinker. Bestsellers that have helped to establish its solid foundation are Eats, Shoots & Leaves, Game of Shadows, The Official eBay(TM) Bible, The Lucky Shopping Manual, Almost French, Letters to a Young Brother, Letters to a Young Sister, The Miracle of St. Anthony, The Tao of Willie, It’s Called Work for a Reason, Do You, The House of Mondavi, Every Shot Must Have a Purpose, How Starbucks Saved My Life, Body Drama, Always By My Side and I Can Has Cheezburger. Penguin Group (USA) Inc. is one of the leading U.S. adult and children’s trade book publishers, owning a wide range of imprints and trademarks, including Berkley Books, Dutton, Frederick Warne, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, Gotham Books, Grosset & Dunlap, New American Library, Penguin, Penguin Press, Philomel, Riverhead Books, and Viking, among others. Penguin Group is owned by Pearson plc, the international media group.


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