Acceptance: A Memoir by NIETFELD, EMI

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Vendor : PUT

SKU : 9780593489475

CONDITION : Brand New Book

Pages: 368 pages
Release Date: 2022-08-02
A brilliant, generation-defining memoir of foster care and homelessness, Harvard and Big Tech, about the stories we tell about ourselves to succeed and survive As a homeless teenager writing college essays in her '92 Corolla, Emi Nietfeld was convinced that an elite school was the only path away from her dysfunctional childhood. But upward mobility required crafting the perfect resilience narrative, proving that she was an "overcomer," made stronger by all that she'd endured.   The truth was far murkier. Emi's mom was a charming hoarder who got her put on antipsychotics, but believed in her daughter's brilliance, unlike the Minnesotan foster family who banned her "pornographic" art history flash cards (of Michelangelo's David ). Emi's other parent's departure from her life was tied up in a gender transition that no one in the early 2000s understood. Her own past was filled with facts she needed to hide: mental health struggles, Adderall addiction, and the unbecoming desperation of a teenager fending for herself. The obstacles Emi claimed she'd overcome still defined her life; even though she'd go on to graduate from Harvard and become a software engineer at Google, she found that success didn't necessarily mean safety.   Told with an incisive storyteller's eye, this searing memoir exposes the cost of trading a troubled past for the promise of a bright future. Having experienced the American Dream firsthand, Emi speaks truth to the high cost of upward mobility, the hypocrisy of elite spaces, and the harsh standards set by societal ideals of grit and overcoming. Candid and often harrowing, with a ribbon of dark humor, Acceptance is an electrifying read that challenges our ideas of what it means to overcome--and find contentment on your own terms.  
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