Through my work promoting equity in education, I have come to several conclusions. 1) Personal journey work, where we each seek to understand what has influenced us and how we show up in the world, will be essential to healing American community and culture weighed down by a history of systemic oppression 2) More of these personal journeys need to be shared - only through storytelling will we be able to empathize with one another and have the strength and drive to make real change happen and 3) There are far too few spaces for real dialogue on incredibly difficult topics, but that dialogue needs to happen.
This book is my response to these conclusions. It is a memoir of my life, complete with story, drama, arc, and "happy ending." It is loosely organized by the influences on my life. But it is more than a memoir; it is a political and social commentary. I use my life story to contextualize and ground analysis of American society at large, tackling issues such as the class divide, racism, and feminism on multiple dimensions. I want homeless teenagers who struggled as I did to know that they can make it. I want the story of the white urban poor to be told. I want to challenge the common wisdom of feminism. Broadly, I want other people to see themselves in my story and ultimately recognize that in the end, the forces that bring us together are far more powerful than those that drive us apart.
Descripción del libro
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Público al que se apunta
Teenagers experiencing trauma.
Adults working with teenagers experiencing trauma.
K-12 Education Professionals, including teachers, administrators, policy makers, and philanthropists
Those interested in cultural trends, who read books like: Waking Up White by Debby Irving, Lean in by Sheryl Sanberg, Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance, and Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Tipo de portada de libro
Tapa blanda o Paperback
Kindle Direct Publishing
Editorial del ebook
Kindle de Amazon
Diseño de inspiración
Not enough color, but I like the combination of a visual image with the overlay of a frame.
I like that this design pulls heart strings.
I like the realism of this one.
I like the vibrancy of the colors and the detail of the image. It draws the eye. I don't like the harelquinn look.
This is a memoir about post-traumatic growth. The imagination is key for overcoming the obstacles described, and I am a heavy reader of fantasy - the opening scene describes Dungeons and Dragons. I'm looking for something that somehow manages both the gravity of the subject matter while simultaneously being beautiful and intriguing the way the covers of many fantasy novels are. I use the theme of a chameleon a number of times - it might be a concept to work with. I've attached the first couple chapters as a sample to give you a sense for the tone of the book and content - which could be described as "black comedy" in places.
A concept to work with: What about a small child looking scared and alone in a hall of mirrors where the images reflecting back in each of the mirrors representing different facets of identity. - Goth Industrial / Ballerina / Finance / Corporate Professional / New Yorker, Mother, Wife. If there is a way to give it a surrealist feel while somehow integrating the concept of the chameleon that would be pretty awesome too.
Lo que debe evitarse
I'd like to stay away from identity politics, so to the extent the imagery is neutral on race gender class etc. while still being compelling, that is desirable.
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