Welcome to My Breakdown by Benilde Little - will be our topic at The Wellness Lounge, A Step Further 9 a.m. E.S.T. May 4th, 2015 Monday when host Desiree Watson welcomes guest Benilde Little to the show. A major bestselling novelist and former magazine editor, long married to a handsome and successful stockbroker with whom she has a beautiful daughter and son, Benilde Little had every reason to feel on top of the world. But as illness, financial problems and the ultimate blow, losing her beloved mother, interrupted her seemingly perfect life, she took a tailspin into a pit of clinical depression. Told in her own fearless and wise voice, Welcome to My Breakdown chronicles a cavern of depression so dark that Benilde didn't know if she'd ever recover from what David Foster Wallace called "a nausea of the soul." In this compelling read, she writes about everything from growing up in Newark, her membership in the Nation of Islam, dating a married man while still a teenager, to the loss in her ability to work—to write. She was lost and when her beloved, indomitable, southern-born mother died, the pain became unbearable. Writing in the courageous tradition of great female storytellers such as Alice Walker, Maya Angelou, Joan Didion, Pearl Cleage and Sista Souljah, Benilde doesn't hold back as she shares insights, inspiration, and intimate details of her life. Powerful, relatable, and ultimately redemptive, Welcome to My Breakdown is a remarkable memoir about the power within us all to rise from despair and to feel hope and joy again. Tune in Monday, 9 a.m. for the live interview on the Wellness Lounge, A Step Further on the VoiceAmerica Empowerment channel.