What I Forgot

…and Why I Remembered

A Journey to Environmental Awareness and
Activism Through Purposeful Memoir

by Jennifer Browdy

Finalist in Autobiography/Memoir in the 2018 International Book Awards

Publication Year: 2017

An honest, lyrical and hard-hitting memoir that sets one American woman’s journey against the larger backdrop of the personal and planetary landscape into which she was born, and uses the intimate details of one life story to represent the larger story of a whole generation of Americans.

A “nature girl” as a child, Jennifer recalls how she was seduced into forgetting her love of the natural world as a young adult in Manhattan entering the dominant cultural stream. She remembered this primary connection to the Earth much later in life when she woke up to the reality of global climate change and environmental degradation. Through her own experience of denial and avoidance, as she resisted change both personally and professionally, she shows the challenges of getting privileged Americans to wake up and confront the realities of our time.

Jennifer’s story is emblematic of her whole generation, who “forgot” how important the health of the planet is to our own personal health and well-being. She calls on readers to begin the process of transformation at the intersection of the personal, political and planetary, starting with the inner work necessary for effective activism.

Praise for Jennifer’s memoir:

“She documents the process of waking up to the world around us and she demonstrates how vibrant and rewarding an engaged life can be.” —Mary Pipher, author of Reviving Ophelia & The Green Boat: Reviving Ourselves in Our Capsized Culture

Jennifer Browdy’s memoir “can inspire us all to see how our lives have been hijacked or distracted from what we most deeply desire, and how we can reclaim our lives for the sake of life on Earth.”  —Joanna Macy, author of Coming Back to Life

Jennifer Browdy | About the Author


Jennifer Browdy is a writer, teacher, community organizer and public speaker with a passion for social and environmental justice.

She earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at New York University and has taught world literature, gender studies, media studies, and environmental and social justice advocacy through writing and digital media strategies for more than 20 years at the college level.

Long committed to women’s human rights and social justice, she directed a major annual conference in observance of International Women’s Day for more than a decade, and works constantly and collaboratively to nourish and celebrate the voices and visions of women and girls.

Jennifer has published widely and spoken on the politics and poetics of social and environmental justice at many college campuses and conferences. In the coming years, she is looking forward to leading other women down the elemental path of purposeful memoir, working to strengthen the voices and visions of women of all ages, so we can step into our potential as the creative leaders the world needs now.

For more information on Jennifer’s lectures, workshops, developmental editing and author coaching, visit JenniferBrowdy.com.

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