Monday, March 29, 2010

Book Review: Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go by Lucille O’Neal

This book is a brief summary of Lucille O’Neal’s life. She is the mother of the infamous NBA basketball superstar, Shaquille O’Neal. She is very honest about her life and her feelings, but I felt there were a lot of things she left unsaid. She tells about her parent’s divorce when she was only three and how her father took her and her two siblings to live with him at his parent's home in New Jersey. She talks about her grandparent's strict Christian upbringing and her desire for a little space and freedom.

Lucille became an unwed mother at the age of eighteen in 1972. She met and married Phillip Harrison two years later. He raised Shaquille as his own and they had three more children together. My heart broke along with hers when she retold an incident of Phil verbally berating her one day. Phil did a head count when he came home from work and the youngest was missing. She had snuck out the door while Lucille was trying to prepare dinner. She was found a short time later, but unfortunately, I believe that instance was the beginning of the end of their 28 year marriage.

In all, I enjoyed this book. It was a fast, easy read and it held my attention. It was written in dialog as if you were sitting next to Lucille listening to her telling her story personally. It was interesting enough that I wanted to know more. I wanted to hear some “words of wisdom” spoken to her by her grandparents. I wanted some actual dialog between her and her children, husband, and parents. I think Lucille will write a second book because I feel she has so much more to share!

As a side note: I found a typo on page 137.

It reads: "For those of who you haven’t experienced this, there’s nothing more numbing than your first child leaving home for college.”

It should read: " For those of you who haven’t experienced this, there’s nothing more numbing than your first child leaving home for college."

I like to proof-read, I read every word, and I could use a little side income! *wink, wink*

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15 comments:

  1. Hello, Thankful Paul. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a note. :)

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  2. You have gotten my attention with this review. I want to check it out. Thanks for sharing Cheryl

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  3. Hi VKT :) Sorry I havent been on here much. I think about you and my other friends I've made here. I'm trying to gather up some more energy. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a note. It does mean a good deal to me. :)

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  4. Thanks for the review, Cheryl. It was great to see your post. Take care. Sincerely, Susan

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  5. Just stopping by and saying hello. sandie

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  6. Susan and Sandie! Hi! :) Glad to see you again. It's my fault. I've been absent, but I have thought about you...and Libby, too, and Geezer! :) Good to see you and thanks for stopping by! :) ttyl :)

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  7. Yeah, been wonderin' where ya been!!! :-)
    Thanks for the book review, your awesome! :)

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  8. Libby!! Hi! :) Good to see ya, girl! :)

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  9. EASTER GREETINGS FROM THE OLD GEEZER

    I PRAY YOU AND YOUR FAMILY WILL HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY CELEBRATING RESURRECTION SUNDAY.

    HE IS RISEN!

    GOD BLESS YOU, RON

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  10. Hi Alisa. Thank you for visiting and leaving a post. And hello my good friend Ron! :) Thank you, also! :) Happy Easter to all of you! :)

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  11. I’ve enjoyed looking over your blog. I came across it through another blog I follow. I am now a follower of yours as well. Feel free to look over my blog and perhaps become one as well.

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  12. This book sounds as though it is worth the read, AND, are you sure we're not cousins? I am one that catches almost every typo (except my own, of course).

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the follow! I'm following you back!

    Also wanted to let you know that I put you in a Photo Tag here:

    http://jewelknits.blogspot.com/2010/05/my-first-blog-award-and-photo-tag.html

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  13. Hi, covnitkepr1 and jewelknits! :) Thank you for stopping by, leaving a note, and for the follow. :)

    jewelknits, I liked your blog very much. I hope you dont mind that I used your giveaway section as an outline for mine. I thought yours was very good. And, yes, we must be cousins as we both like to catch typos (except our own). lol It keeps us on our toes though, I suppose. :)

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