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Author Jarrett, Valerie, 1956- author.

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

Publication Info. New York : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2019]


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 GDL Montrose Library Non-Fiction    92 Jarrett,V JAR    Available
Description xii, 305 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
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Contents 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 "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.
Subject Jarrett, Valerie, 1956-
Obama, Barack -- Friends and associates.
Obama, Michelle, 1964- -- Friends and associates.
Presidents -- United States -- Staff.
African American women -- Biography.
Lawyers -- United States -- Biography.
Politicians -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Biography.
African American lawyers -- Biography.
United States -- Politics and government -- 2009-2017.
Genre/Form Autobiographies.
ISBN 9780525558132 (hbk.) $30.00
0525558136 : $30.00
9780525558149 (ebook)

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