Memoir Excerpt: Pay Attention!

Excerpt from my upcoming memoir, "Hood to Highrise: My Journey from stepping on crack vials to strutting on marble tiles." Due February 2015. Unedited. Galley version.  Chapter One: Pay Attention "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." - Humanitarian and former First Lady Eleanor RooseveltI lied every day I was in elementary school. “Lisa Sparks?” said the nun. “Here,” I responded. Sometimes I even said, “Present.” When really I was anything but. As soon as I walked into the classroom I wanted to escape. My two favorite words were, “Quiet Reading.” That was my chance to be anywhere other than … [Read more...]