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We last met sassy, headstrong Bebe, the 40-something African-American bank teller and recent college grad, in Yolanda Joe’s 1997 bestselling He Say, She Say. The book’s zestfully titled sequel, Bebe’s By Golly Wow, finds our lady renouncing her renunciation of men. That is, her self-imposed sabbatical comes to a screeching halt when she meets single parent Isaac, a sensitive firefighter who just happens to be a three-alarm hunk. The only glitch is that Isaac’s 13-year-old daughter, Dashay, gives Bebe and the relationship two thumbs down. Joe’s book is snappy and then some, but it’s not so breezy that it glosses over contemporary issues of racism, family, and community. Told in alternating first-person narratives, it’s chock-full of wit and wisdom, and some damn funny in-your-face dialogue. Hear it live at 3 p.m. at Sisterspace & Books, 1515 U St. NW. Free. (202) 332-3433. (Gina Vivinetto)