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Finding my voice : my journey to the West Wing and the path forward / Valerie Jarrett.

Jarrett, Valerie, 1956- author. (Author).
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Detroit Lakes Public Library 921 JAR (Text) 33500013036199 New Checked out 09/04/2019
Thief River Falls Public Library 921 JAR (Text) 35500006153777 Main Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780525558132
  • ISBN: 0525558136
  • Physical Description: xii, 305 pages,16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: [New York City] : Viking [2019]

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note: The gift of freedom -- Inheritance -- The best laid plans -- It's a girl! -- The quiet voice -- Change from the ground up -- My best hire ever -- The power of each voice -- Drinking from a fire hose -- Pinch myself moments -- The fight of our lives -- Where's my boom? -- We can't wait -- Rollercoaster -- True north -- The long view.
Summary, etc.: "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.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 March #1
    History may not give Jarrett all the credit she deserves. When pressed, most might identify her simply as "First Friend," based on her long-standing relationship with both Michelle and Barack Obama. And while true, that's a pejorative that fails to address the numerous professional accomplishments that preceded her association with the Obamas. Stanford-educated and holding a law degree from the University of Michigan, Jarrett gave up her career track at Chicago white-shoe law firms to enter public service, working with Mayors Harold Washington and Richard M. Daley to manage key city agencies. Jarrett's quiet determination, unparalleled work ethic, and deep commitment to a city rich with family roots won her respect at a time when, as a newly divorced single mother, she needed it most. Revisiting her illustrious career, from inner-city Chicago to the White House and beyond, Jarrett reveals the life-changing events that, though perilous at the time, enabled her to become a virtuoso corporate and philanthropic leader, and a valued presidential adviser. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Valerie Jarrett was the longest serving senior adviser to President Barack Obama. She oversaw the Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and chaired the White House Council on Women and Girls. Before joining the White House, she served as the chief executive officer of The Habitat Company in Chicago, chairman of the Chicago Transit Board, commissioner of Planning and Development, and deputy chief of staff for Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley. Jarrett has received numerous awards and honorary degrees, including Time's "100 Most Influential People." She received her B.A. from Stanford University in 1978 and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1981. She is currently a senior adviser to the Obama Foundation and Attn and a senior distinguished fellow at the University of Chicago Law School.

Subject: Jarrett, Valerie, 1956-
Obama, Barack > Friends and associates.
Obama, Michelle, 1964- > Friends and associates.
Obama, Barack.
Obama, Michelle, 1964-
United States > Politics and government > 2009-2017.
Presidents > United States > Staff.
African American lawyers > Biography.
Politicians > Illinois > Chicago > Biography.
Lawyers > United States > Biography.
African American women > Biography.
African American lawyers.
African American women.
Friendship.
Lawyers.
Politicians.
Politics and government.
Presidents > Staff.
Illinois > Chicago.
United States.
Genre: Biography.
Autobiographies.
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