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The joy of politics : surviving cancer, a campaign, a pandemic, an insurrection, and life's other unexpected curveballs / Amy Klobuchar.

Klobuchar, Amy, (author.).

Available copies

  • 0 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 0 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

5 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library 921 KLO (Text) 33500013794391 New On holds shelf -
Moorhead Public Library 921 KLO (Text) 33500013794409 New Checked out 06/20/2023

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781250285140
  • ISBN: 1250285143
  • Physical Description: 362 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2023.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Includes index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction : the path -- The call -- Joy! -- The plague -- The reckoning -- Insurrection and resurrection -- Trials and tribulations -- Afterword : redemption.
Summary, etc.:
"An intimate and revelatory memoir-on personal challenges, political turmoil, and the state of American democracy-from one of the most effective voices in politics, Amy Klobuchar. During the past few years, as our country has faced unprecedented challenges, Senator Klobuchar has been in the room where it happens-on the Senate floor for critical votes during the pandemic, at the debate podium during one of the most critical presidential elections in US history, and in the Capitol on January 6, 2021, when insurrectionists stormed the building, interrupting the certification of the electoral college. It was well past midnight when Klobuchar stood beside then-Vice President Pence to officially certify President Biden's victory. In her candid, honest, and at times bitingly funny memoir, the pragmatic senator shares insider stories from these historic moments, while also inviting readers into her personal life. An underdog in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary campaign, she built surprising early momentum--only to suspend her candidacy in order to support Joe Biden. Within weeks of returning to work in the Senate, the sudden onslaught of COVID-19 hit her family directly. Her husband got very sick and spent a week in the hospital on oxygen and a month in isolation. Klobuchar shares her experience facing a cancer diagnosis while watching her beloved father succumb to Alzheimer's. She recounts the dramatic narrative of January 6 and how close we came to losing our democracy. And, with her signature humor, she reveals what it's like to work with some of her more...well, interesting...colleagues. At the crux of these stories is a narrative of resilience - of personal resilience and the resilience of a nation - and, improbably, joy"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2023 May #1
    In our increasingly contentious political climate, Minnesota senator, former presidential candidate, and author Amy Klobuchar (Antitrust, 2021) invites readers into her life, both personal and professional, over the last few years. With honesty, she shares difficulties like the loss of her father, her battle with breast cancer, and her husband's COVID-19 illness, alongside amusing anecdotes, such as accidentally ordering four quarts of pumpkin yogurt and arguing over Wi-Fi with her family members (her TV appearance trumps their gaming needs), in her wry take on pandemic life. Klobuchar's focus on joy remains a constant throughout, as she shifts scenes from private to national, detailing the 2020 campaign, the George Floyd murder and aftermath, and the January 6 insurrection from her front-row perspective. She writes conversationally, giving us a peek inside her Capitol Hill work on the 2021 inauguration and key legislation efforts on a host of issues, offering encouragement to those who may follow her into public service. Drawing on inspiring "life lessons" opening each chapter, Klobuchar's memoir overflows with optimism and, yes, joy. Copyright 2023 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

AMY KLOBUCHAR, the daughter of a newspaperman and a schoolteacher, is the senior senator from Minnesota, the first woman from that state to be elected to the U.S. Senate. A national leader in the Democratic party, she ran for president in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary and has a well-earned reputation for working across the aisle to pass legislation that supports families, workers and small businesses. She and her husband, John, are proud parents of their daughter, Abigail, now in law school.

Subject: Klobuchar, Amy.
United States. Congress. Senate > Biography.
Women legislators > United States > Biography.
Legislators > United States > Biography.
Cancer > Patients > United States > Biography.
United States > Politics and government > 2017-2021.
United States > Politics and government > 2021-
Genre: Autobiographies.

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