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  • 05/2021
  • 978-1-7364630-1-7
  • 172 pages
  • $3.99
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  • 05/2021
  • 978-1-7364630-2-4
  • 172 pages
  • $9.95
Paperback Details
  • 05/2021
  • 978-1-7364630-0-0
  • 172 pages
  • $10.95
Welfare Cheese to Fine Caviar: How to Achieve Your Dreams Despite Your Upbringing
Welfare Cheese to Fine Caviar is a true story of how your attitude absolutely determines your aptitude. Determined to escape the poverty he was born into, Thomas Wideman realized that education was his way out. Once he made up his mind, nothing could stand in the way of his ultimate goal. From experiencing friends become bullies and drug dealers to witnessing his favorite uncle become a victim of the crack epidemic, along with his own mistakes, Thomas was adamant about becoming a model husband, father, and citizen. Each chapter includes real-life stories of struggles and successes, along with sections to reflect on aha moments, identify how to apply the lessons to your life, and “caviar time” to strengthen your resolve and clarify your mission through affirmation and prayer. Moving in its forthrightness, Welfare Cheese to Fine Caviar is the most satisfying, inspiring, and genuinely affecting memoir you’ll read this year.
Reviews
"Welfare Cheese to Fine Caviar" is an apt title for this stirring, powerful memoir. Wideman takes the reader on a moving rags-to-riches story, as seen through his eyes: He shares his personal life story of starting out in poverty, being raised by a single mother, and eventually enjoying a flourishing career, a beloved wife, and two sons. For Wideman, "riches" came in the form of personal achievements, a successful family life, and the satisfaction of overcoming obstacles and hardships along the way.

"Dear Father, where are You taking me?” Wideman asks at the book’s start. “You started me out in a single-parent home with three younger brothers. Each of my brothers had a different dad. Where was mine?" As that opening suggests, the stories and memories that follow are deeply personal and presented with insight. Wideman edges this memoir toward the realm of business self-help with some interactive elements, such as ending each chapter. In the "Reflection" sections, Wideman breaks down what he hopes readers will take away from the text and presents questions to contemplate; in the "Application" passages, readers are invited to consider how and where they can apply Wideman’s lessons to their own life. "Caviar Time," meanwhile, presents practical exercises, such as standing in the mirror saying affirmations, while "Professional Tidbits" provide pro tips on navigating the business world. Throughout, Wideman showcases his determination to prevail over setbacks or shortcomings, such as being bullied, being judged for his race, or being passed over for opportunities.

Readers looking for inspiration will appreciate Wideman's straightforward account about how adversity only made him push harder to achieve a better life. Though this memoir best suits a younger audience, such as high school or college-aged strivers, the message and motivational language can resonate with older readers, as well, looking to pursue a new career path or achieve a lifelong dream no matter their background or financial circumstance.

Takeaway: This inspirational memoir makes a good gift for young readers with big dreams starting out on their career paths.

Great for fans of: Marshall Goldsmith’s What Got You Here Won't Get You There, James Clear’s Atomic Habits.

Production grades
Cover: B
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: A
Marketing copy: A

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 05/2021
  • 978-1-7364630-1-7
  • 172 pages
  • $3.99
Audio Details
  • 05/2021
  • 978-1-7364630-2-4
  • 172 pages
  • $9.95
Paperback Details
  • 05/2021
  • 978-1-7364630-0-0
  • 172 pages
  • $10.95

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