The Bold World: A Memoir of Family and Transformation
"A courageous and poetic testimony on family and the self, and the learning and unlearning we must do for those we love."--Janet Mock
In 2009, Jodie Patterson, mother of five and beauty entrepreneur, ...more
I got an ARC of this book.
I went into this book with a bit of apprehension because of the name Penelope being used and then the book being about a trans person, but not by the trans person. I was blown out of the water though. This book is so much more than I ever expected and addressed my issues and then some. So If you were on the fence about this book, let me convince you you need to read it as soon as you can get a copy.
First, Penelope is the ...more
Dnf late in ch. 2, at ~45 pages. Patterson clearly has decent skills w/ language, but maybe not in story-telling. At this point I should give a damn about at least one person in this book. Throughout the opening I was flip-flopping on caring, but it turned into a litany of, "My Dad was like this: ....., my Mom was like this...., my sister was like this...., & then I went to college." She grew up privileged, w/...more
I went into this book not knowing much about Jodie Patterson, and assuming the focus of the book would be mostly about her transgender son. But this book was so much more than that - this is Jodie’s story. She lays it’s all out: her fascinating, non-stop, dynamic, full life. Her upbringing in New York, her days at Spelman College, becoming a mother to 5 kids, and becoming an advocate. Always changing and adapting.
This book isn’ ...more
She also talks a lot about motherhood and her different experiences and growing pains in raising her kids and having a blended ...more
Author: Jodie Patterson
Publisher: Random House Books/Ballantine
Publication Date: January 29, 2019
Review Date: January 14, 2019
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This book is an excellent memoir of an interesting life lived by the author, Jodie Patterson. She grew up in New York City on the Upper West Side. She spent time in Georgia with her maternal relatives and was enveloped in ...more
- Hearing all of the author’s life lessons learned through there personal experiences, from friends and family, and through parenting
- The power of the Black Panther Movement for her
- Discussions of power
- Representation: trans boy in a black family
- The overall journey of her son and learning to be a part of the trans community
- The life lesson: to ...more
what it means to be a woman,
what it means to be a black woman,
Synopsis: Jodie Patterson shares her story of growing up black on the Upper West Side in New York, to attending an all-black women’s college in the south, to building a unique family unit and adapting to her transgender son, Penelope.
Writing: A. Although it’s pretty exposition heavy, focusing on Jodie’s thought processes of her experiences, this book is a beautifully written portrayal of a black woman coming into her own.
Insights: A+. While I read this for the exploration of ...more
It was inspirational to see her jump in wholeheartedly by learning as much as possible during this new development and having some very open and honest discussions with him and her other children, ...more
I liked reading about Jodie’s parents and upbringing and college experience. I ...more
You blossom and come into your own . It reminds you to advocate for those who can’t do it for themselves . How choosing to parent the kids you have not you ...more
I am inspired by the determination to tell her family’s journey with their son, Penelope. This story is essential because as Patterson says, talking about issues related to feelings and identities and souls is a privilege only afforded to the privileged. More nuanced stories and memoirs from ...more
I was interested in this memoir mostly because Patterson discusses her experience with a transgender child and I wanted to understand that better. In my search for the book, I came across a mini-documentary of her family and in it she was unflinchingly radiant with a glow that resonates in her words and her vision. She’s a compelling presence on ...more