Invisible: How Young Women with Serious Health Issues Navigate Work, Relationships, and the Pressure to Seem Just Fine

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Product Details

Price
$26.95
Publisher
Beacon Press
Publish Date
February 27, 2018
Pages
240
Dimensions
6.3 X 9.1 X 1.0 inches | 1.1 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780807023952

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About the Author

Michele Lent Hirsch is a writer and editor who specializes in science, gender, and health. Her nonfiction has appeared in or on the Atlantic, the Guardian, Smithsonian, Psychology Today, and Consumer Reports, among other outlets, and her poetry in the Bellevue Literary Review and Rattle. She has taught journalism at Manhattanville College, conducted research as a writer-in-residence at the New York Public Library, and been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. A native New Yorker, she is also a member of Columbia University's Neuwrite network, a selective group of writers and scientists. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Reviews

"An essential read for all, especially those wondering how to be a better support system for young women with chronic illnesses."
--Library Journal, Starred Review

"It is an untapped, niche area for advice that Hirsch covers with relatability, grace, and empathy."
--Publishers Weekly

"A well-researched account . . . At a moment when women's experiences in the workplace have come to the fore, Hirsch's eye-opening study of gender-based disparity surrounding illness will hopefully help spawn a similar reckoning for women's health."
--Kirkus Reviews

"If you're young and have a chronic illness, chronic pain, or disability of some sort, you should definitely read this book. If you don't deal with any of those things--or know someone who does--you should absolutely read this book."
--Global Comment

"I know what it means to work really hard to conceal the pain, struggle, and heartache in one's life, to appear 'fine' just for the sake of other people. Because the reality of my life might have made others momentarily uncomfortable, I'd hide my own discomfort. It's a hard habit to break and one that women have become adept at, one that is reinforced in the way our society treats, talks about, and engages with women who are ill or struggling. Thank you, Michele, for freeing us from the burden of being fine and shining a light on all the hidden pain women have been working so hard to conceal."
--Nora McInerny, podcast host for Terrible, Thanks for Asking and author of It's Okay to Laugh