Ballantine Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, has acquired social activist Jodie Patterson’s THE BOLD WORLD: A Memoir of Family and Identity. Patterson is the mother of five, including her 8-year-old transgender son Penelope, who becomes the catalyst for a fundamental reexamination of identity within Patterson’s dynamic and deeply appealing household — and the wider world. This inspiring and highly personal debut narrative will be an exploration of transformation, and the first book to make clear the seamless continuation within civil rights from race to gender, all within the context of the author’s remarkable matriarchal lineage. Patterson, a successful beauty entrepreneur and former public relations executive (Zac Posen, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, Lincoln Center’s African Film Festival) speaks regularly about identity to a broad range of audiences including fashion/beauty, technology, educators, and parents. Her activism work has been recognized and praised by Hillary Clinton, Nike, GLAAD, and Cosmopolitan magazine, among others. Executive Editor Pamela Cannon acquired North American Rights from Emma Parry of Janklow & Nesbit.

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The Bold world A Memoir Of Family And Transformation