Finding My Voice

My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward
Author(s): Valerie Jarrett
Awards:New York Times Bestseller
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Product Number: DD43097
Released: Apr 02, 2019
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ISBN: #9780525624271
Narrator/s: Valerie Jarrett
Publisher: Penguin Group US
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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Finalist for the NAACP Image Award for "Outstanding Literary Work" "Valerie has been one of Barack and my closest confidantes for decades...?he world would feel a lot better if there were more people like Valerie blazing the trail for the rest of us."—Michelle Obama "The ultimate Obama insider" (The New York Times) and longest-serving senior advisor in the Obama White House shares her journey as a daughter, mother, lawyer, business leader, public servant, and leader in government at a historic moment in American history. 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.


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Finding My Voice
Product Number: BX00099003
Product Number:Z100141898
Product Number:DD43097

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Author(s): Valerie Jarrett
Narrator(s): Valerie Jarrett
Product Number Z100141898
Released: Apr 02, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Books on Tape
ISBN: #9780525624301

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"Political adviser Valerie Jarrett delivers her memoir of her experiences in the Obama administration in an even conversational tone that suits the text. As narrator, she exudes a confidence that makes her sound like someone capable and steady. These are clearly traits that served her well when she was at the center of hurly-burly Chicago politics and then in the trenches in Washington. Her recollections of her eight years as a senior adviser to President Obama reveal the consequential nature of their work and its historic results--the Affordable Care Act, the legalization of gay marriage, and the death of Osama bin Laden, among other advances. This insider's story gives listeners Jarrett's perspective on her role in decision-making at the highest level. It's also an account of the steady approach to governing that marked the Obama years. A.D.M © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"