A Dirt Road To Somewhere. Finished 9-20-19, memoir, 3.5/5 stars, 248 pages, pub. 2017
Raised in a tiny, poverty-stricken town in rural Missouri, Romona Robinson, along with her ten siblings, knows what it means to struggle. Under the tutelage of her hardworking, protective, and God-fearing mother, Romona develops an affinity for the Bible and Walter Cronkite. She also believes her home on a dead-end dirt road would lead her to somewhere. And it does. While crossing paths with the likes of the Ku Klux Klan, Nelson Mandela, and Barack Obama, Romona experiences unimagined pain, love, and success. Her compelling story will inspire you to examine your own purpose and leave you filled with a desire to walk in faith, not fear. from Goodreads
Romona Robinson is a beloved Cleveland broadcast journalist who also lives about five minutes from me (not that I’ve ever been invited to her house :)). She spoke at our Friends of the Solon Library annual meeting in the spring and did an encore in the fall. She’s a presence: tall, beautiful and confident. Not only has she won numerous awards but she started her own charity, Romona’s Kids, some of whom were in the audience. She spoke for about 45 minutes and shared stories from this book. I’m glad that I waited until after she spoke to read it because I could picture her telling the stories and that added to my enjoyment.
I think this book is a good choice for Clevelanders, but also kids growing up in poverty. She found her way out and has inspired many I’m sure.