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Brittle Never Broken
Contributor(s): Laviza Lockwood (Author)

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ISBN: 1524691259     ISBN-13: 9781524691257
Publisher: Authorhouse
OUR PRICE: $40.84  

Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: May 2017


After LaViza Lockwood is born her mother notices something is wrong, but doctors cannot detect a problem. It is not until LaViza becomes a walking toddler that she is diagnosed with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), also known as brittle bones. This debilitating bone disease causes LaViza countless fractures, numerous surgeries, and several months of hospital stays. But she still manages to do what others in her environment are doing-gambling, drinking, drugs, and sex, all prior to being of legal age.

LaViza’s mother is single, with three children. She has several nervous break downs, which causes her to attempt murder and suicide. Unable to maintain employment, government assistance becomes her only source of income. As a result, her best option for residency is to live in the Wellrock Gardens’ housing projects.

Many of LaViza’s family members and friends succumb to substance addictions in order to cope with living in poverty and fear. However, LaViza’s biggest fear of becoming entangled in the vicious cycle of generational poverty, crime, and addiction is what makes her take drastic chances to not become a statistic.

Brittle Never Broken is definitely not your typical rags-to-riches memoir because “riches” refers to LaViza’s ability to remain self-motivated, despite relentless afflictions and heartaches. LaViza’s bones are brittle, but nothing, or no one can break her awesome spirit!

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BISAC Categories:
- Biography & Autobiography | Personal Memoirs
Physical Information: 1.19" H x 6" W x 9" (1.85 lbs) 470 pages
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Contributor Bio(s):

LaViza’s love of reading, writing and researching motivated her to get a degree as a librarian. Likewise, her compassion for people in abusive situations led her to become a certifi ed domestic violence advocate. This is reflected in her first published book All Lives Matter. As a former federal Administrative Assistant, in the Offi ce of Equal Opportunity, one of her favorite duties was writing, editing and publishing the quarterly newsletter. She used this experience to channel her into a career as a writer and author. In her youth, LaViza found it challenging to verbally communicate her deeply feelings. As a result, she journaled many impactful events in her life. Her childhood diary is just one of multiple reliable resources, which helped her to write her memoir Brittle Never Broken.

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