Lemonade: Inspired by Actual Eventsby Bernard L. Dillard
"I managed to get my phone and started walking. I couldn't die like this. Those two-second pauses felt like what I thought was death, and I wouldn't go out without a fight. I was barefoot and shirtless and thought maybe I needed some fresh air. It didn't register with me that it was twenty-nine degrees outside. I opened the door and walked outside in just my pants. As I made the call, some lady, who was bundled up from head to toe, stared at me as if I had lost all of my senses. She looked at my bare feet and bare chest and noticed how I was shaking as I was trying to dial the number."
This scene provides the backdrop for one of the many battles that Bernard L. Dillard faces in Lemonade, a coming-of-age story, which highlights his persistence, faith, and triumph as he journeys toward the ever-elusive space called manhood. Exposed to the goods, the bads, and the uglies of Dillard's world, readers can't help but sympathize with, cheer for, and laugh out loud at a man, who is trying his best to find the most stable path that leads from boy to man. Written like a novel and presented in bite-sized chapters, Lemonade is indeed a page-turner.
Throughout these pages, Dillard shares the story behind his success. Through candor, vulnerability, and a tinge of wit, Dillard describes how he overcame his own sense of adversity. Although he has held many of these shocking details close to the vest, he now exposes past wounds in his own life with the hopes of encouraging others to succeed despite their own feelings of injury and loss. Simply, it is a tale of triumph and unmasks what happens when one learns how to win with the hand of life that is dealt.
In a nutshell, Dillard stands in life's kitchen, gathers his ingredients, and shows us what to make when all there seems to be is a basket full of lemons.
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Meet the Author
A native of Durham, North Carolina, Bernard L. Dillard is Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Fashion Institute of Technology, where he teaches several upper-level courses, including Statistical Analysis and The Mathematics of Personal Finance. He is the author of "Moneymatics" and the co-author of "Elementary Statistics (3rd edition)."
He frequents the speaking circuit, sharing his story and inspiring others to overcome their own set of challenges. In his spare time, he enjoys modeling, long-distance running, and watching documentaries.
Bernard is single and currently resides in New York City.
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I finished "Lemonade" last night and I have to say it was a Great Book! The book spoke to me on so many levels having dealt with my Father, his addiction and absence from my life. The child hood references were hysterically funny because anyone with sisters and brothers can relate to the constant love hate relationship that ensues. Personally, I think Dillard's courage is amazing and the idea that he's put his personal life out there on display in such an open fashion to grow and move forward is simply "Awesome". I can think of a few venues where this should be required reading, I think it's that good.
Lemonade is an excellent book. It inspires you to do the impossible. It tells a story about young man who overcomes many adverse situations and blossoms into a wonderful being.
Bernard is the youngest of three. His parents once worked at IBM that afforded them to live in a decent neighborhood in Durham, NC. A few bad choices brought about some drastic changes. How will these changes affect the children? When I first received the book, the title and cover made me a little suspicious. Once I got a few chapters under my belt, the title became catchy and the cover obvious. Bernard L. Dillard shares his experiences, good and bad. He does an excellent job of illustrating how to move forward and not become a victim to your circumstances. I recommend "Lemonade" because it shows how determination, forgiveness, prayer and faith can carry you a long way. Bernard L. Dillard took the lemons he was given and made lemonade. Reviewed by: Jas
I really enjoyed reading this book and could not put it down. It spoke to me on so many different levels. I applause Dillard for the courage it took to write this book. It will surely have an impact on the lives of others that read Lemonade that are faced with similiar struggles.