Every generation, a phrase enters our consciousness. In the sixties it was civil rights; in the eighties, it was self-esteem; now our word is empathy.
Cris Beam is an author and professor in New York City, where she teaches creative writing at Columbia University and New York University. Her previous books include To the End of June- the intimate life of American foster care and Transparent- love, family, and living the T with transgender teenagers, which won a Lambda Literary Award and was a Stonewall Honor book. Cris' work has also been featured in The New York Times, HuffPost, and The Guardian, and on This American Life.
`[Beam's] exceptional intelligence, equally evident in her thinking and her writing, shines light on empathy from extraordinary angles.' -Booklist (starred review) `A thoughtful exploration of empathy in all its forms.' - The New York Times `Her exceptional intelligence, equally evident in her thinking and her writing, shines light on empathy from extraordinary angles ... Her clear goal is to empower readers with the knowledge to enact the complicated and varied forms of empathy necessary to navigate modern times.' - Booklist Online `Beam offers an intelligent three-part exploration of empathy's cultural impact ... A fascinating and well-rounded view of how empathy functions in society and why some cultivate it as a skill while others consider it a good moral value.' - Kirkus Reviews