Naga Chokkanathan

Walk Like You Have Somewhere To Go By Lucille O’Neal (With Allison Samuels)

Posted on: April 28, 2010

Being related to someone famous, must be a very difficult thing, really!

Irrespective of whatever you do on your own, you are always seen as “Person X’s wife”, or “Mr. Y’s Mother”, Or “Ms. Z’s ex-husband”. Moving out of this ‘brand’ is a near-impossible task. Not many have survived this.

When I saw an autobiography of Lucille O’Neal, I immediately thought she got this assignment only because she is mother of a very famous basketball superstar, and we are forced to read her story just because her son’s success as an excellent athlete.

But pretty soon, Lucille proved me wrong. Its not her last name which is her claim to fame, But her life itself makes a very interesting reading. With co-author Allison Samuels’ support, she has beautifully narrated it in a very gripping, inspiring, sometimes funny way.

The most interesting aspect of the book, according to me is, Lucille explains the struggles she faced in detail, but she never points fingers at anyone. She talks about faith as her only companion during hardships, and also during greener pastures of her life. This attitude seems to be one of the important reasons why she survived such a difficult grill.

I recommend this book for anyone who don’t go by brand value, but are interested in reading honest, true, and inspiring story of a simple human being, and benefit from it.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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