The Bold World
A Memoir of Family and Transformation
in conversation with Benilde Little, Welcome to My Breakdown
Thursday, March 7th @7pm
tiLFEST will be having a Tea Party book review here at Watchung Booksellers!!
tiLFEST create women centric events and this one will feature Jodi Patterson as she discusses her latest book, The Bold World.
There will be tea, music and light food provided!
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“This isn’t a book just for mothers or mothers of trans children or folks from the trans community. This is, above all, a story about self-determination and it is vital for anyone seeking love in its highest form. Jodie’s clear-eyed recollections and poignant insights from her own transformative journey—from girl to woman, from daughter to wife, from mother to activist—remind us all to both remember and become the people we were meant to be. This is the work we all must do in order to be free, and to love more fully.”
—Elaine Welteroth, journalist and former editor-in-chief Teen Vogue
Jodie Patterson is a leading human rights and LBGTQAI advocate—she’s been recognized by Hillary Clinton as an outstanding advocate, named by Family Circle as #1 Most Influential Mom of 2018, selected by the UN as a Champion of Change, and a board member for the Human Rights Campaign. Ballantine Books is proud to publish her first book, THE BOLD WORLD: A Memoir of Family and Transformation, a narrative about identity, equality, community, and, above all, a mother’s fearless love.
Written with a novelist’s sense of prose and pacing, THE BOLD WORLD explores the themes of gender, race, authenticity and identity—especially how we see ourselves and what others want us to be. Growing up in the 1970s on the Upper West Side of Manhattan during a time when neighborhoods defined people, Jodie learned early on to rally around her community for strength and comfort. But then in 2009, this mother of five had her world turned up-side down when her third child Penelope said one sentence: “Everyone thinks I’m a girl Mama—and I’m not.” Realizing her definition of community wasn’t wide enough for her own child’s needs, Jodie forced the world wide open. In THE BOLD WORLD readers witness a mother, bending and flexing herself, exposing her own growing pains of coming to understand her transgender son Penelope, along with the internal rub between family members on the same subject. From school meetings to karate lessons to discussions with her mother about why pink, sparkly accessories were no longer appropriate gifts for her son, we witness a woman breaking ground in both small and big ways—for her son, her family, and most importantly, for herself.
As we walk alongside Jodie in her present day journey, we have the opportunity to meet the Southern women who came before—her mother, aunts and grandmothers, including civil rights activist Gloria Blackwell—the women who raised and fortified her, all the while going against the cultural norms of their days. Jodie offers snapshots into these relationships which laid the emotional foundation of her life – teaching Jodie to always “nurture the roots.” The result of these intricately threaded narratives, spanning the civil rights era, to NYC during the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, to current day Brooklyn—is a portrait rich with transformation, courage, and above all, love.
Jodie says, “We are more diverse than we are similar. We are more layered than we are one thing.” THE BOLD WORLD will become a blueprint for those looking for new truths and a better way to navigate the multilayered, nuanced world in which we all live.
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.
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