Emi Nietfeld with Claudia Rowe

Writer and software engineer Emi Nietfeld’s journey to published author and accomplished tech worker was far from one of the straightforward, charted, easily plotted. At times homeless growing up, at times in foster care, how she persevered and ultimately prevailed is chronicled in her compelling autobiographical book, Acceptance: A Memoir (Penguin Press).

“From the blind spots of the foster care system to the ivied walls of Harvard Yard, Acceptance offers an intimate and eye-opening look at the stark reality that belies the myth of meritocracy and the American Dream. In spare prose, Emi Nietfeld shows that, more than elite credentials and material wealth, transcending adversity comes down to the stories we choose to tell. I couldn’t put it down.” —Qian Julie Wang.

“Foster care, psych wards, and antipsychotic medication all fail a heroine who slips through every crack. From the first, we know that Emi Nietfeld eventually finds her way through soul-crushing circumstances. But how? There is rowing, computer code, and the sacraments of Harvard. Then, there’s doing the detective work to confront your demons. Acceptance is an engrossing, affirming story of human resilience, with the pacing of a thriller.” —Sherry Turkle.

With Emi Nietfeld this evening in conversation will be Seattle Times journalist and author Claudia Rowe, most recently author of The Spider and the Fly.


Acceptance: A Memoir By Emi Nietfeld Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593489475
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Press - August 2nd, 2022

Live & In-Person at Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Tuesday, August 9, 2022 - 7:00pm
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