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Basements & Blossoms: A Few Recollections of the Ugliness That Made My Life Beautiful

Basements & Blossoms: A Few Recollections of the Ugliness That Made My Life Beautiful Basements & Blossoms: A Few Recollections of the Ugliness That Made My Life Beautiful 
by Lana Reid

SynopsisLife can be an up and down battle and it is in our most challenging times that we struggle to find the motivation to stay on the roller coaster ride and prove, not only to yourself but to onlookers as well, that we are indeed capable and resilient. In this motivational and inspiring memoir, Lana shares stories of her life that are fitted with unending lessons about facing the battles of the world. In a break from your traditional self-help books, Basements & Blossoms: A Few Recollections of the Ugliness That Made My Life Beautiful, provides empowering messages of self-discovery and personal growth while glancing at Lana’s own personal journey. You won’t forget the poignant true story of determination and a human spirit resolved to overcome!

Book Review - I'm going to preface my comments by saying, I don't typically review nonfiction, but at this author was so lovely that I made an exception. Once I read her story, I was glad that I did. Reid peppers her story with more than just real-life examples, but generational tidbits and ideals that people in black culture pass down to each other. I even learned a few like "Black people don't jump from the basement." 
As she shares conversations she engaged with her mother on the way to school, it reminded me of my own time with my son. Those morning rides to school yielded some of the most intense, insightful, and memorable conversations that we would ever have. To this day, riding in the car for more than 20 minutes can be extremely cathartic. 
I think Reid delivers her lifetime recollections in a way that we feel that we are on a journey with her from the basement to blossoming into her season of maturity and contentment. This story is not just for those who live life experiencing the joys and fears of being  Black in America, it is for all who want to open their inner-selves up to transformation. I will be recommending this book to all.
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