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The bold world : a memoir of family and transformation / Jodie Patterson.

Patterson, Jodie, 1970- author. (Author).
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Breckenridge Public Library 306.8743 PAT (Text) 33500013013958 New Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780399179013
  • ISBN: 0399179011
  • Physical Description: xxii, 328 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Ballantine Books, [2019]

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note: Roots -- The women -- Serious daring -- She -- Santa Claus is a black man -- Resurrection -- As it were -- Faith is karma. Karma is faith -- Penelope -- Tunnel vision -- The room -- 10,000 hours -- Shifting -- What breaks -- I, woman (The South, revisited) -- This body. This boy. This magic -- The highest vibration -- The widest sense of we -- The lab -- Passing -- A boy named Penelope -- The loss and the gain -- This spot.
Summary, etc.: "Jodie Patterson is the mother of five children, including her ten-year-old transgender son Penelope, the catalyst for the author's reexamination of identity within her own dynamic household--and the wider world. This inspiring and highly personal debut memoir goes on to examine Jodie's extended families' African American experiences with racism and civil rights, and her own coming of age in New York City in the 1970s and 80s, and later on as a wife, mother, and activist. With a novelist's sense of artful structure and pacing, Jodie turns her lens on a range of subjects--from the women who raised her and provided strength and comfort, all the while going against cultural norms and gender expectations, to her own children, who acted as a vehicle for Jodie's own growth and ultimately her acceptance of her very diverse family. The result is an exquisite study in transformation, identity, courage, and love"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 December #1
    Growing up in a prosperous black family on New York's Upper West Side, Patterson felt she was part of a matriarchy of strong women, which led her to consider what it meant for her to be a strong woman, and, in particular, a strong black woman. Her strength is tested on the day her three-year-old daughter, Penelope, tells her she is a boy. Though the news is at first devastating, Patterson struggles to understand her daughter, who is now her son. To her credit, she always gives him her undivided support, and, as he grows, she begins to speak out publicly about Penel, as the family calls him, and his life circumstances. A best friend criticizes her for her very public candor, but Patterson is anxious to help other families like hers and to create understanding of the transgender experience. The result is this extremely valuable book about family, gender, race, and identity. Patterson has broken the silence, and readers will thank her for it. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Jodie Patterson is a social activist, entrepreneur, and writer. She has been lauded for her activist work by Hillary Clinton, The Advocate, Family Circle, Essence, Cosmopolitan, and Yahoo!, among others. She sits on the board of a number of gender/family/human rights organizations, including the Human Rights Campaign, and is a sought-after public speaker addressing a wide range of audiences about identity, gender, beauty, and entrepreneurship. Patterson was appointed by the United Nations as a Champion of Change and, perhaps most impressively, she is a former circus acrobat who performed in the Big Apple Circus. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she co-parents her five children with love, education, and family solidarity.

Subject: Patterson, Jodie, 1970-
Patterson, Jodie 1970-
Parents of transgender children > United States > Biography.
African American mothers > Biography.
Transgender children.
African American transgender people.
African American families.
African American families.
African American mothers.
African American transgender people.
Parents of transgender children.
Transgender children.
United States.
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Parenting / Motherhood.
African American mothers > Biography.
African American transgender people.
Parents of transgender children > United States > Biography.
Transgender children.
African American families.
Genre: Nonfiction.

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