Review by Library Journal Review
Brown (social work, Univ. of Houston) has spent years exploring courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. While relating her own difficult wilderness journey to experience a sense of self and a sense of belonging, the author challenges listeners to navigate our own "wildernesses" and find our personal paths to connection. She believes this can be done through learning to trust oneself and making oneself trustworthy to others; getting to know people whom one considers very different; and seeking out moments of togetherness. Talking with a variety of people, including Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, and middle school students, Brown offers inspiration and tools to work toward the goal of true connection. One quote from a middle school student, "If I get to be me, I belong. If I have to be like you, I fit in," offers an excellent definition of belonging and feeling comfortable. Brown capably narrates. VERDICT The book provides food for thought to all about their world view. Recommended. ["Mixing research, storytelling, and honesty, the author leads readers in becoming courageous and finding meaning in uncertainty": LJ 10/1/17 review of the Random hc.]-Cheryl Youse, Norman Park, GA © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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