Welcome to My Breakdown

21 Apr

Today’s the day — my memoir Welcome to My Breakdown is available today.

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8 Responses to “Welcome to My Breakdown”

  1. Kim April 23, 2015 at 4:06 pm #

    I have read all of your books and enjoyed them immensely. I’m a little over half way through Welcome to My Breakdown and it has touched me very deeply. My mom died on Mother’s Day in 2014 and as we approach the one year anniversary sometimes I don’t know if I’m depressed in general as I am approaching 50 or if I’m still grieving for her. Thank you so much for sharing your journey. I have seen myself in so many parts of the book and it makes me feel less alone. I’ve already recommended it to my sister.

    • Benilde Little April 25, 2015 at 5:20 pm #

      Dear Kim,
      First, I’m so sorry for your loss. Your first Mother’s Day–you see I wrote about mine. The combination of turning 50 and this loss is huge. Be with it and know you are not alone.
      My Best…

  2. Juan Gaddis April 23, 2015 at 5:57 pm #


    The day after Phyllis Hyman committed suicide I boarded a plane to Mazatlan Mexico. I couldn’t name it at the time but I felt a certain solidarity with her plight. It wasn’t until a few days later – July 4 – when I found myself paralyzed by dread, with my tears pooling in my ears, and I said aloud, “Phyllis Hyman had the right idea.”

    Fortunately, I could articulate three reasons why I shouldn’t follow her lead and pulled it together and flew home early from my vacation.

    I can’t say I had a breakdown but I do know I had been “broken” for a very long time and at that point no amount of smiling was enough to hold me together.

    I’ve only shared that with a few people and certainly not in a public forum, but Welcome To My Breakdown is giving me the key to be honest about my depression.

    I haven’t finished reading the book, but know there is a light at the end.

    Thank you for the gift of your words and transparency!

    • Benilde Little April 25, 2015 at 5:17 pm #

      Oh Juan. I just love that my book has opened up something so important in you. The fact that I know you makes my heart so happy. Yes, I remember when Phyllis Hyman committed suicide and I remember thinking that she was such a sensitive soul (a Cancer, like me), which explained why her music moved me and many, so much. I also remember the comments, lots of but she was so pretty, so talented. When someone has depression, nothing external matters. I’m hoping everyone who reads this book or hears talk about it will have the same thing happen for them–that they will feel free to “come out.” I believe, I know, the way to true freedom and contentment is by owing all of who you are. Bless you, my brother. I’m so proud to know you.

  3. tystephens60 April 23, 2015 at 8:08 pm #

    I just finished your book and wanted to thank you so much for being courageous and sharing your story. I love the way you honored your mother and I know first hand what it feels like to have your own personal cheerleader. You can’t’ buy that kind of love and you were so blessed to have had it. Your struggle with finding a balance between feeling overwhelmingly blessed and not being satisfied with the ‘kept woman/housewife/mommy role resonated deeply with me. You can’t share those kinds of feelings with most, because if you do, you are viewed as ungrateful, and there aren’t many women who understand that kind of internal emptiness when you appear to have it all. Congratulations on another winner!

    • Benilde Little May 4, 2015 at 4:17 pm #

      Thank you Ty. I’m so touched by your kind words and so happy that my book resonated so. I feel like I know you; hopefully we’ll actually meet one day.

  4. Karen Bragg July 5, 2015 at 11:41 pm #

    I just wanted to say how wonderful your book was!! Welcome to My Breakdown was written with such vibrant characters that I could not put the book down! I can relate to the feeling of grieving the loss of your Mother. I lost both my Parents at a very young age and still miss their presence in my life. You have inspired me to write my Memoir, because I have a very interesting story to tell!! Thank you for writing this Memoir, wishing you continued success!!

    • Benilde Little July 6, 2015 at 1:52 am #

      Thank you Karen, I’m so glad to hear you related to my book and that it’s inspired you. All the best

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