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Acceptance: A Memoir



by
Emi Nietfeld

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Penguin Random House
Imprint
Penguin Press
ISBN
9780593489475
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A luminous, generation-defining memoir of foster care and homelessness, Harvard and Big Tech, examining society’s fixation with resilience—and its cost

As a homeless teenager writing college essays in her rusty Toyota Corolla, Emi Nietfeld was convinced that the Ivy League was the only escape from her dysfunctional childhood. But upward mobility required crafting the perfect resilience narrative. She had to prove that she was an “overcomer,” made stronger by all that she had endured.

The truth was more complicated. Emi’s mom was a charming hoarder who had 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 vanished shortly after coming out as trans, a situation few understood in the mid-2000s. Her own past was filled with secrets: mental health struggles, Adderall addiction, and the unbecoming desperation of a teenager fending for herself. And though Emi would go on to graduate from Harvard and become a software engineer at Google, she found that success didn’t necessarily mean safety.

Both a chronicle of the American Dream and an indictment of it, this searing debut exposes the price of trading a troubled past for the promise of a bright future. Told with a ribbon of dark humor, Acceptance challenges our ideas of what it means to overcome—and find contentment on your own terms.

Author’s note.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Strong Language , Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes , Violence: Self-Harm , Violence: Sexual Assault/Rape

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

368

Trim Size

9 1/2" x 6 1/4"

Dewey

B

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Oct 2022

Book Genres

Autobiography/Biography, Memoir

Topics

Emi Nietfeld. Foster children. Child welfare. Social mobility (psychological aspects). Mental health. Institutional care. Hoarding. Transgender parents. College essays. College admissions. Harvard.  Google (firm). Homelessness. Poverty. LGBTQ.

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