Berkeley Arts & Letters presents Julie Lythcott-Haims with Nicole Sanchez / Real American: A Memoir
A fearless debut memoir in which beloved and bestselling How to Raise an Adult author Julie Lythcott-Haims pulls no punches in her recollections of growing up a biracial black woman in America.
Bringing a poetic sensibility to her prose to stunning effect, Lythcott-Haims briskly and stirringly evokes her personal battle with the low self-esteem that American racism routinely inflicts on people of color. The only child of a marriage between an African-American father and a white British mother, she shows indelibly how so-called "micro" aggressions in addition to blunt force insults can puncture a person's inner life with a thousand sharp cuts. Real American expresses also, through Lythcott-Haimss path to self-acceptance, the healing power of community in overcoming the hurtful isolation of being incessantly considered "the other."
The author of the New York Times bestselling anti-helicopter parenting manifesto How to Raise an Adult, Lythcott-Haims has written a different sort of book this time out, but one that will nevertheless resonate with the legions of students, educators and parents to whom she is now well known, by whom she is beloved, and to whom she has always provided wise and necessary counsel about how to embrace and nurture their best selves. Real American is an affecting memoir, an unforgettable cri de coeur, and a clarion call to all of us to live more wisely, generously and fully.
Julie Lythcott-Haims is the bestselling author of How to Raise an Adult. She served as the dean of freshmen and undergraduate advising at Stanford University, where she received the Dinkelspiel Award for her contributions to the undergraduate experience. She holds a BA from Stanford, a JD from Harvard Law, and an MFA in writing from the California College of the Arts. She is a member of the San Francisco Writers Grotto and resides in the Bay Area with her husband, their two teenagers, and her mother.
For 23 years, Nicole Sanchez has been building inclusive organizational cultures across sectors. She is CEO and Founder of Vaya Consulting, a management consulting firm focused on inclusive design. Nicole is also a lecturer at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, where she earned her MBA. She has served as Managing Partner of the Kapor Center for Social Impact and VP of Social Impact at GitHub. Nicole has been named a Game Changer by Spelman College and one of 6 Game-Changing Hispanic Women by Makers. She is a Stanford alumnae (1994) and a board member for EveryoneOn. Nicole lives in Berkeley with her husband, their two teenagers, three dogs, and four guinea pigs.
Growing up in poverty, witnessing violence, broken homes, racism and more, Harmony Moses always wanted to be the change she wanted to see. An 18 year-old native of the Bay Area, she is the executive director of Vasileia and a power house artist in many forms, such as lyricism and musicianship. Shes here to make an impact on the world and provide hope for those who have fallen short of humanity and love. She is currently attending college and serves as a youth worship leader who cares for toddlers in the nursery every weekend. She is motivated by giving youth something she never had when she was younger, to positively unify young minds and bring their lights out.
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