Book Review: On Following the Dots
A Baltimore author’s debut (who happens to be my former manager)
I first met Delshan Baker when I interviewed for the job I have now. In the few months we overlapped at the non-profit I still work for and she has since moved on from, I maintained a constant curiosity about a) the full, authentic Delshan and b) if we had as much in common as I thought we might.
When she shifted into the next phase of her professional life at the end of 2019, I was resentful to the rest of the staff that had the opportunity to experience her expertise and spirit for the four years she was on staff. Lucky for me, six months after leaving the org, she gifted the world her first book.
On Following The Dots: about a sojourn in Barcelona, a breakdown in Baltimore, & finding your path, no matter where you are was just published and is available on Amazon. I ordered it the moment she posted on Facebook that it was available.
The books I read most include: memoir, self-help, and anything related to race and class in America. This book includes bits of all three — and is a quick read at under 150 pages.
I am an avid journaler, have been known to up and quit jobs or move states or go to Mexico for a month on a whim, and deeply love Baltimore. I knew before even reading it, from the bits and pieces I heard working with her, that I would love this book.
Delshan’s series of journal entries, half recalling the spirit-lifting, life validating experience in Barcelona and the other half detailing the slow and steady grinding into a deep knowledge that Something Was Wrong (or, as she says, she wasn’t on her dot) — they piled up to be a powerful affirmation that everyone is searching, everyone has the up and down, everyone is seeking their dot.
I found this book to be thoughtful, quick, and validating of my own experiences and feelings. Perhaps that makes me a unique or unqualified or deeply biased reviewer (is it possible to be otherwise? I think no), regardless I read this book in 24 hours and am grateful it exists.