Jodie Patterson: The Bold World
Where: Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton St.
718-246-0200 Price: Free
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Greenlight welcomes Brooklyn author and social activist Jodie Patterson to present her important new book, The Bold World. In her memoir, we witness a mother reshaping her attitudes and beliefs, as well as those of her community, to meet the needs of her transgender son, Penelope. Patterson shares her family’s history—particularly incidents within the Black community around sexism, racism, and civil rights. We learn about her children, who act as a vehicle for her own growth and acceptance of her diverse family, and her experiences as a wife, mother, and, eventually, activist. The result is an intimate portrait and an exquisite study in identity, courage, and love. Patterson’s relentless drive to change the world will resonate with and inspire us all, reflecting our own individual strength and tenacity, our very real fears, and, most of all, our singular ability to transform despite the odds.