Grace Period: A Memoir in Pieces

Kelly J. Baker (Author)

Product Details

$16.99  $15.63
Blue Crow Books
Publish Date
September 25, 2017
5.25 X 8.0 X 0.41 inches | 0.45 pounds
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About the Author

Kelly J. Baker, Ph.D., is the INDIE-award-winning author of Sexism Ed: Essays on Gender and Labor in Academia (Blue Crow 2018) and The Zombies Are Coming: The Realities of the Zombie Apocalypse in American Culture (Blue Crow 2020) among many other books. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Rumpus, The Washington Post, and more. She's the editor of Women in Higher Education and The National Teaching & Learning Forum.


"Grace Period tracks the trials and triumphs of Baker's post-academic transition from 2013 to 2017 with great insight and humor. Baker deftly balances personal struggles and broad institutional inequities as she confronts the trauma of leaving the academy. Recounting the many miseries of applying, adjuncting, interviews, rejection, writing, book contracts, disappearing jobs, and a certain disciplinary task force on contingency, Baker makes her way to the personal turning point, smack in the middle of the book: "I'm no longer transitioning away from academic work and life. I'm moving forward, one small step at a time." Her journey will help many traverse their own paths forward."
--Karen Kelsky, Ph.D., author of The Professor Is In: The Essential Guide to Turning Your Ph.D. Into a Job

In a series of vivid and beautiful essays, Baker uses her changing relationship to academia to reflect on "grace periods," those moments (or strings of moments) when you leave one possible future behind without quite knowing what's next. -Derek Attig, Ph.D., Book Riot