Book ‘Acceptance’ by Emi Nietfeld

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“Nietfeld’s gifts for capturing the fury of living at the mercy of bad circumstances, for critiquing the hero’s journey even while she tells it, make Acceptance a remarkable memoir.” — The New York Times Book Review. 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…

Publisher: Penguin Press (August 2, 2022); Pages: 365 pages; ISBN-10: 0593489470; ISBN-13: 978-0593489475; ASIN:‎ B09KXS5KKL

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Author’s biography: Emi Nietfeld is a writer and software engineer. After graduating from Harvard in 2015, she worked at Google and Facebook. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Rumpus, Vice, and other publications. She lives in New York City with her family.