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What Doesn't Kill You: A Novel Hardcover – Jan 6 2009

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (Jan. 6 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416564209
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416564201
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,156,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“A great read for women, young and mature alike.”
—Connie Briscoe, New York Times bestselling author of Sisters & Husbands

“What Doesn’t Kill You has defi nitely made me stronger! I love this book!”
—Sybil Wilkes, Tom Joyner Morning Show

“An ultimately uplifting tale.” —Booklist

“The anti-pity party: snappy, fun, and inspiring.” —Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Virginia DeBerry was a successful plus-size model, former Vice President of BB/LW modeling agency and served as editor-in-chief of Maxima magazine before becoming a novelist. DeBerry is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo. She currently resides in central New Jersey.

Donna Grant spent more than a decade as a model for catalogs and advertisements. Grant has been featured on the pages of Essence, McCalls, Family Circle, and Woman's Day, as well as appeared on Good Morning America, and Live with Regis and Kathy Lee. Grant served as the Managing Editor of Maxima before her writing career. A Brooklyn native, she is a graduate of New York University and still lives in the borough with her husband.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9dbd44bc) out of 5 stars 45 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d99b21c) out of 5 stars An Entertaining Contemporary Fiction Novel Jan. 27 2009
By Urban Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Thomasina "Tee" Hodges has always had her life under control. Tee raised her daughter Amber by herself after her divorce and has been riding high ever since. But everything changes in an instant when Tee is suddenly laid off and doesn't tell anyone. To make matters worse, she just threw a big wedding for Amber and then wakes up the next morning with the best man. Tee's average normal life is now suddenly spiraling out of control towards bankruptcy. Tee is suddenly faced with having to make some huge sacrifices in order to survive. Will she be able to depend on herself to get things together?

What Doesn't Kill You is an entertaining novel by Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant. DeBerry & Grant once again brings us a tale that is thought-provoking and relatable. What makes this story stand out is the way that it is told. By having the main character Tee tell this story in the first person, it makes you feel as if your best girlfriend is talking to you. There are some very timely issues in this novel such as jobloss and impending bankruptcy that readers will be able to identify with. This is not a fast-paced read, but you can see the gradual development of this story as you get further into the book. You will find yourself rooting for Tee to get everything back on track. What Doesn't Kill You is a great novel filled with realistic situations and smart, sassy humor.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d7e55c4) out of 5 stars (RAW Rating 4.5) "What doesn't kill you can really piss you off" Jan. 9 2009
By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Thomasina (Tee) Rodgers knew she was in for it when she woke up, the morning after her daughter's wedding, in bed with the best man, her son-in-law's cousin. How did she get there? Well, it all started when she divorced her husband while her daughter Amber was a baby. Having to make a way for the two of them, she meets entrepreneur Olivia Markson and begins an employment association and friendship that would last until Olivia's death. Because of their friendship and what Tee felt was a partnership, Tee thought the business would always be there, but Olivia's daughter had other plans. Soon Tee finds herself unemployed, planning a lavish wedding and only probable prospects for the future. Hence, a night of too much champagne and dwindling hope has Tee reeling as she wakes up in bed with Ron.

Tee decides to hide the truth from her family and friends as long as she can and then doesn't want to except any help. With her savings diminishing, creditors calling and facing possible bankruptcy, Tee reinvents herself using all that she has learned in the business world. As she does, she develops a tentative relationship with Ron that inspires her and could possibly be one of the best things to happen to her. Will she succeed? Or, will she fall prey to economic disaster?

In WHAT DOESN'T KILL YOU, Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant have created a real life protagonist who has the resourcefulness and wit to deal with real world issues. This timely production teaches that though you're down and out, you can still reach within to succeed in this world; it just may take a little work, a little planning and whole lot of faith to do so. This is my first DeBerry and Grant read and it most definitely will not be my last. I found the characters in this advance reading copy to be engaging, funny and inspirational. I absolutely love the writing style. This is a very good pick-me-up type of read for those who are going through bad economic times right now.

Reviewed by Brenda Lisbon
of The RAWSISTAZ(tm) Reviewers
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d9baa08) out of 5 stars Great read Jan. 14 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book was a great read. It was very relatable because it touched on things that are happening to people on some degree daily. Walking away from a home or downsizing because you can no longer afford your dream home. Settling for an imperfect relationship out of fear. Another thing is living beyond your means or simply not being fully prepared for hiccups in your financial future. How many of us have robbed Peter to pay Paul or used our plastic as if it was a source of income? I enjoyed experiencing going on Thomasina's journey with her. It is so true. "What Doesn't Kill You" will most definitely make you stronger or at least wiser.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d9ba99c) out of 5 stars Real Life Jan. 30 2014
By justme - Published on Amazon.com
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Tee Hodges is the main character in What Doesn't Kill You: A Novel by authors Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant. Tee's life spirals downward after she is let go from the job that she helped build. From there a series of humbling misfortunes causes Tee to realize who has always had her back. This story is so realistic with its trials and tribulations that you wonder if Tee could overcome all the obstacles that she endured. A line from book states, "We start where we start, and some people get a head start, but that doesn't mean that they will always finish first." This holds true in this novel and our lives as well.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d7d87d4) out of 5 stars Did someone say there was going to be a sequel??? Sept. 7 2009
By Janice Sims - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I must say that DeBerry and Grant have never disappointed me. However WHAT DOESN'T KILL YOU is definitely my favorite book by the duo. In today's economy practically everybody I know is having money problems, so the theme was right on time. The pitfalls that Tee faced were very recognizable: Sometimes no matter how hard we try to avoid mistakes we're going to have to go through the fire! In some instances I laughed so hard, I cried. It was wonderful to experience her journey 'first-person'. It was like listening to an old friend tell you how she got over. :o) Y'all know what I mean.

I hope there's a sequel!

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