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I grabbed a magazine during the wait and also to keep from having to look at people who walked by my general area. It felt like every eye in that wing of the building was on me. They knew I didnt work there so I had to be visiting for the otherMoreI grabbed a magazine during the wait and also to keep from having to look at people who walked by my general area. It felt like every eye in that wing of the building was on me. They knew I didnt work there so I had to be visiting for the other reason. Indeed, I was making more out of it because whenever I glanced up, people were minding their own business, not even realizing I was there. What I was feeling was my own sense of paranoia. I was reading some issue in Ebony about how MoNique was on the come-up. I was so enrapt in the article that I hadnt realized that Judge was standing at the door, holding it open, trying to get my attention. Bernard!I entered and the door closed behind me. I followed him into his office, and he gave further instructions. I sat down and just observed my surroundings. To the left were a race track, some Lego pieces, building blocks, and other toys. Sadly, his clientele obviously included little boys who hadnt managed to escape this harsh reality. I started to tear up a little because of this, but thank goodness Judge was one of those whose job it was to intervene and help them gain some sense of normalcy back.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 Dillards world, readers cant 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 lifes kitchen, gathers his ingredients, and shows us what to make when all there seems to be is a basket full of lemons.