Letters to a Young Sister: DeFINE Your Destiny

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Now in paperback: the New York Times bestselling book of inspirational advice and wisdom for young women from the powerhouse public speaker, star of CSI: NY, and bestselling author of Letters to a Young Brother

• Does life sometimes seem so much harder for girls?

• Do you ever feel insecure, pressured, or confused?

• Do you wish you had someone to give you honest advice on topics like boys, school, family, and pursuing your dreams?

• Do you want to make a positive impact on the ...

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Overview

Now in paperback: the New York Times bestselling book of inspirational advice and wisdom for young women from the powerhouse public speaker, star of CSI: NY, and bestselling author of Letters to a Young Brother

• Does life sometimes seem so much harder for girls?

• Do you ever feel insecure, pressured, or confused?

• Do you wish you had someone to give you honest advice on topics like boys, school, family, and pursuing your dreams?

• Do you want to make a positive impact on the world, but don't even know how to begin?

In the follow-up to his award winning national bestseller, Letters to a Young Brother, actor and star of CSI: NY shares powerful wisdom for young women everywhere, drawing on the courageous advice of the female role models who transformed his life.

Letters to a Young Sister unfolds as a series of letters written by older brother Hill to a universal young sister. She's up against the same challenges as every young woman: from relating to her parents and dealing with peer pressure, to juggling schoolwork and crushes and keeping faith in the face of heartache. Hill offers guidance, encouragement, personal stories, and asks his female friends to help answer some truly tough questions. Every young sister needs to know that it's okay to dream big and to deFINE her own destiny. This is a book that will educate, uplift and inspire.

Including original contributions from:
Michelle Obama
• Angela Basset
• Ciara
• Tatyana Ali
• Eve
• Malinda Williams
• Chanel Iman
• Kim Porter
• and many more.

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His Letters to a Young Brother created a positive stir among readers; now Hill Harper shares his mentoring wisdom with young women. Letters to a Young Sister is emphatically gender-specific. Harper addresses topics including female identity and sexism; sex and dating; spending and saving; and more. A valuable gift for graduates, past, present, and future.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592404599
  • Publisher: Gotham
  • Publication date: 5/5/2009
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 154,678
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Hill Harper

Currently starring in CSI: NY, Hill Harper has appeared in numerous prime- time television shows and feature films, including Beloved and He Got Game. He graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a B.A. and cum laude from Harvard Law School. He also holds a master’s degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government. He was recently named one of People magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive.

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Table of Contents


Foreword   Gabrielle Union     XI
Introduction     XIX
Empowerment 3.0
"Ego Tripping (there may be a reason why)"   Nikki Giovanni     3
Young Sistah: Your FINE Destiny     5
E-mail: Teased for Being Outstanding   Michelle Obama     11
Designing Your Destiny in This New-School World     13
E-mail: Divine Purpose   Tavis Smiley     21
Sistahs: As Unique as Snowflakes and Fingerprints     23
E-mail: It's a Hard-Knock Life for US   Eve     30
The J.J.: Journaling & Journeying Through Life: The Power of One     32
E-mail: No R-E-S-P-E-C-T   Alfre Woodard     42
The Difference Between Need and Purpose     44
E-mail: My Morals for Success?   Ciara     52
E-mail: Too Much Pressure!!   Sanaa Lathan     54
Relationships: Family, Friends, and Boys
Ain't Nothin' but a "G" Thang: GOSSIP     59
E-mail: Gossip Girls   Jasmine Guy     70
The Parent Trap: You Can Choose Your Friends, but You Can't Choose Your Family     72
E-mail: OOOOHH BABY!!   Shar Jackson     78
E-mail: Make Me Beautiful!   Chanel Iman     79
R.E.S.P.E.C.T.: How a Boy Should Treat You     81
E-mail: Boys, Boys, Boys...   Nia Long     90
E-mail: Dating My BGF   Kim Porter     91
The Taboo Topic: SEX     93
E-mail: No Hook-Up/Hurt Feelings   Blair Underwood     98
E-mail: The Dating Game   Lauren London   Evan Ross     100
Sex, Lies, and Texting: The Lies Boys Tell     102
E-mail: Cheating and Lying!?!   Blair Underwood   Terri J. Vaughn     109
E-mail: Love, Sex, and STDs   Shahdae Janelle Holland     111
Daddy's Little Girl: How Shadows Can Loom Large     113
E-mail: Quality Man   Ruby Dee     121
Overcoming Obstacles
Breakup, No Makeup     125
E-mail: Heartache   Niecy Nash     129
E-mail: I Don't Wanna Look Like a Clown   Kenya Moore     131
Words Have Power: The B, H, and T Words     133
E-mail: Nappy-Headed, Well, You Know!   Devynity     139
Double Jeopardy: Racism and Sexism as Obstacles to Success     142
E-mail: Million-Dollar Baby   Cathy Hughes     149
Food for Thought     151
E-mail: Is My Fat Phat?    Dr. S. Elizabeth Ford     156
E-mail: The Not-So-Celebrity Fit Club   Chariesse Griffin     158
Hillified Hugs: Dealing with the Blues     160
"It Really Hurts": Dealing with More Than Just the Blues     165
E-mail: Lonely and Depressed   Bishop Noel Jones     171
Your Future
Educatin' Excellence     175
E-mail: Do I Really Need to Go to School??   Dr. Melissa Nobles     183
The New Cool Money Rule     185
E-mail: Own Business/Own Boss   Marvet Britto     190
The Deadliest Trap: Staying Out of the Debt Pit     193
E-mail: Unhappy and Unorganized   Christina M. Gomes     199
The Linked S's: Savings and Self-Empowerment     202
E-mail: Jane of All Trades, Master of None?   Angela Bassett   Nicole Loftus     212
Careering and Steering     215
E-mail: Career Choices   Candace Bond Mckeever     222
E-mail: When I Grow Up, I Wanna Be ...?   Sharla Crow     224
The Wonderment of Life
Chocolate Cake and Four-Letter Words     229
E-mail: A Dream Deferred   Congresswoman   Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick   Malinda Williams      234
Your Heart: Always Follow It (Except with Boys)     236
E-mail: Me and My Boyfriend   Tatyana Ali     241
Throwing Off Limitations     243
E-mail: Ayudeme!   Zoe Saldana     248
Seeing Rainbows: Wonderment of the Everyday     250
E-mail: Dreaming Big???   Tavis Smiley     256
Keys to REAL Happiness: Faith and Service     258
E-mail: Voting and Politics   Michelle Obama     266
Final Letter: Time to Make History     268
E-mail: The Secret of How to Be Happy (Growing to Be Me)   Nikki Giovanni     275
Acknowledgments     277
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  • Posted May 26, 2009

    Great For Girl Power

    I recently worked with a group that was dealing with self esteem issues. The book was right on time. I was able to use a chapter in order to inspire that girls to start thinking positively about themselves as well as being able to tell their peers positive things that they admire. Girls today spend too much time tearing each other down. The book is inspiration and the girls enjoyed hearing the chapter that we read for the session. My gift to them was a copy of the book.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2011

    A Wonderful Read for Females of ALL Ages

    Hill Harper takes readers on a journey from the very first page. The foreword is done by actress Gabrielle Union, and she makes valid points when pursuing your dreams and not allowing anyone to hold you back.
    She sets the tone for what is to come by many more aspiring, strong, beautiful women who gives advice on love, dating, pressure, makeup and other topics that may have been asked that Hill Harper could/wouldn't answer.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 3, 2008

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    Reviewed by Erikka Adams aka "The Bookbinder" for TeensReadToo.com

    In his latest book, LETTERS TO A YOUNG SISTER, Harper answers to the other half of the population not spoken to in LETTERS TO A YOUNG BROTHER - young women. Though he was inspired by a comment from a young woman of color, this book reaches across cultural and racial differences to speak to young women about issues they face growing up. <BR/><BR/>The narrator, Hill Harper himself, is writing to a hypothetical "young sistah," a young sistah who could be any young woman. The way Harper addresses issues like drugs, relationships, family life, and future plans for this young sistah is informal and unpretentious because of the medium he's chosen. In responding to questions and concerns from this young sistah, it is not a forced conversation or one set up like a customary teacher/student. In the beginning, Harper even admits that he might not have all the answers, but if he doesn't, he'll find a woman friend, teacher, or mentor who does. <BR/><BR/>Harper includes real emails with questions from real girls around the country, a great addition. In this way, sistahs get to see what other sistahs are thinking, feeling, and worrying about. This feature was also a great way for Harper to reach out and include some very influential women's responses to these emails - real women talking about their experiences as young sistahs.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    Truly an amazing book

    Definitely a great book that gives neccessary guidance to young women. Hill Harper did an amazing job with writing this book and chose great educators to help get his message across. This is a must read for all young sistahs.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2009

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    Great Read

    This book helped me understand things alot better coming from a male's point of view I wished that I had a good life- changing book like this when I was coming of age, it would have helped me out tremendously.
    No matter if you are in your teens, tweens, twenties, thirties, or early forties, this book will open up your eyes to the way life really was, and how only you have the ultimate power to enrich your own life and make it better. Change is so evident and it is needed in order for our own growth and developement...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2009

    A MUST READ!!!!

    Hill provides great insight and counsel in a friendly "down to earth" manner. He doesn't sugar coat any of the topics and gives the hard core truth about relationships women develop over the course of their lives. This book is inspiring for all women and I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to gain perspective in their life as well as a sense of direction.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

    Great!!!!

    At first it was hard to get into the book, but as I continued to read I found the book to be inlighting and insightful. A great read and I would recommend it to females of all ages.

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  • Posted August 23, 2011

    Boring

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  • Posted February 15, 2011

    wonderful

    the book is an inspiring book that helps young sistahs build their strength and self-confidence. it talks about trials and tribulations us young girls go through from a man's point of view.i recommend it to all of my young, beautiful sisters!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2010

    janee

    this book i finally picked it up to read.every morning i wake up... first i thank God...while on temporary disability i have been reading more and more and im taking this time to focus on whats important and whats not.. This book has given me a positive look on my marraige,my kids and the way i see myself facing everyday obstacles..Mr.Harper i have written many notes on what i want my life to continue to be and what to focus on...things that i would have found too embarrassing to admit..i will keep reading and gathering more info to share with my new husband....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2009

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    Alrite

    It wasn't a great book but it wasn't bad either. I personally didnt like it, it was completely different from what i expected it to be. But if you have the patients for it, you might really enjoy it. I on the other hand was completely bored.

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  • Posted September 13, 2009

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    Great book for young or old readers!

    This book is insightful and relates to real issues young women face today. It gives insightful responses, and is written as if the reader is being spoken to directly! This book is strongly recommended for women young and old.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2008

    Letters...

    We too have also started a book club and this will be our second book to read. I look forward to this read as Hill Harper has been impressive in his acting achievements and strikes me as a Renaissance man of the 21st century. I'll be back with a collective review that I'm sure will reflect the literary consciousness this book deserves.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2008

    CANT WAIT!!

    A couple of girlfriends and myself have decided to start a book club and this is the first book we will be reading! We are all extremely excited and can¿t wait to get back to you all and write our review!! We encourage more ethnic sisters to start taking more time for yourselves, get together and start a book club or something that celebrates you and your girlfriends!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2008

    saw it in the essence magazine

    i really love this book the things that hill writes about is very motivating as a female i have heard these things all my ife but getting it from a guy stand point helps..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2008

    A reviewer

    I heard about this book on the radio, i was immediately interested. I purchased the book the day of its release, and besides interruptions here and there i haven't put the book down so far. I've always enjoyed Hill Harper in movies, but now it feels good to enjoy reading a book written by a black brother that all races can enjoy. I haven't read 'letters to a young brother' yet, but when i finish this one i surely will. I'll write back at the end, but until then don't be afraid to pick up a book. I'm suggesting this one IS IT!!

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