Finding My Voice

Finding My Voice

My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward

Book - 2019
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"When Valerie Jarrett interviewed a promising young lawyer named Michelle Robinson in July 1991 for a job in Chicago city government, neither knew that it was the first step on a path that would end in the White House. Jarrett soon became Michelle and Barack Obama's trusted personal adviser and family confidante; in the White House, she was known as the one who "got" him and helped him engage his public life. Jarrett joined the White House team on January 20, 2009 and departed with the First Family on January 20, 2017, and she was in the room--in the Oval Office, on Air Force One, and everywhere else--when it all happened. No one has as intimate a view of the Obama Years, nor one that reaches back as many decades, as Jarrett shares in Finding My Voice. Born in Iran (where her father, a doctor, sought a better job than he could find in segregated America), Jarrett grew up in Chicago in the 60s as racial and gender barriers were being challenged. A single mother stagnating in corporate law, she found her voice in Harold Washington's historic administration, where she began a remarkable journey, ultimately becoming one of the most visible and influential African-American women of the twenty-first century. From her work ensuring equality for women and girls, advancing civil rights, reforming our criminal justice system, and improving the lives of working families, to the real stories behind some of the most stirring moments of the Obama presidency, Jarrett shares her forthright, optimistic perspective on the importance of leadership and the responsibilities of citizenship in the twenty-first century, inspiring readers to lift their own voices."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: [New York City] :, Viking, [2019]
ISBN: 9780525558132
0525558136
Branch Call Number: B Jarrett 2019
Characteristics: xii, 305 pages,16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

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May 20, 2019

I enjoyed this memoir tremendously. Valerie Jarrett has a breadth and depth to her that more than explains her equanimity in her high pressure job as Senior Advisor to President Obama. Her parents traveled extensively when she was a child and reinforced the belief that she could do anything she set her mind on-even though they didn't believe it themselves. Her descriptions of her career before she met the Obamas is very interesting, she was well on her way to becoming a national figure on her own, but together with them they "made history". The reminiscing back to White House days was a nice reminder that once upon a time we had an intelligent, civil President and hopefully will have one again soon.

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