Join writer Taylor Harris, author of THIS BOY WE MADE: A Memoir of Motherhood, Genetics, and Facing the Unknown, in conversation with former Columbus City Councilwoman Priscilla Tyson.
Registration for this free, in-store event, on Eventbrite, is required. Seating is limited. Attendees can purchase the book when registering. Registration closes at 6:00 pm on the day of the event.
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One morning, Tophs, Taylor Harris’s round-cheeked, lively twenty-two-month-old, wakes up listless, only lifting his head to gulp down water. She rushes Tophs to the doctor, ignoring the part of herself, trained by years of therapy for generalized anxiety disorder, that tries to whisper that she’s overreacting. But at the hospital, her maternal instincts are confirmed: something is wrong with her boy, and Taylor’s life will never be the same.
With every question the doctors answer about Tophs’s increasingly troubling symptoms, more arise, and Taylor dives into the search for a diagnosis. She spends countless hours trying to navigate health and education systems that can be hostile to Black mothers and children; at night she googles, prays, and interrogates her every action. Some days, her sweet, charismatic boy seems just fine; others, he struggles to answer simple questions. A long-awaited appointment with a geneticist ultimately reveals nothing about what’s causing Tophs’s drops in blood sugar, his processing delays—but it does reveal something unexpected about Taylor’s own health. What if her son’s challenges have saved her life?
This Boy We Made is a stirring and radiantly written examination of the bond between mother and child, full of hard-won insights about fighting for and finding meaning when nothing goes as expected.
Taylor Harris is a writer, wife, and mom of three who lives in Charlottesville, Virginia. Her work has appeared in TIME, O Quarterly, The Washington Post, Longreads, The Cut, Romper, Parents, McSweeney’s, and other publications.
Elected in 2007, Priscilla Tyson has served on Columbus City Council longer than any other woman, and the second longest member ever serving Columbus City Council, when she retired at the end of 2021. She has championed job creation, economic development, safety, and a high quality of life for the residents of Columbus. A signature accomplishment includes her creation of the Commission on Black Girls, to study and assess the quality of life for Black girls in Columbus and Central Ohio. Prior to her city service, she had a distinguished career in banking and healthcare, and founded City Year Columbus, leading that organization for thirteen years as it provided thousands of hours of volunteer service to students and teachers in our public schools. Priscilla and her husband are the proud parents of five children, one of whom has sickle cell disease.