From Publishers Weekly
Pelosi, the first female Speaker of the House, offers her words of wisdom mixed with those from women who helped make her journey possible. Geared toward women both young and old, Pelosi's message is one of possibility and promise and her encouraging advice comes across clearly in her own inspired reading. With plenty of experience in public speaking, Pelosi displays a slightly different side of her personality and performance ability here, offering an extremely personal and relatable reading that draws listeners in with its honesty and earnestness. The final result is sure to inspire scores of young listeners, and reaffirm what many older listeners have known for a very long time: possibility is not limited to members of a particular sex, age or social class. A Doubleday hardcover (Reviews, June 2).(Aug.)
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As Pelosi points out in the preface to this slim volume, becoming Speaker of the House was not so much a personal victory as it was a “pivotal moment for all women.” With the proverbial everywoman in mind, she provides a series of life lessons drawn from her experiences and the experiences of women who influenced and inspired her on the journey to Capitol Hill. Though Pelosi, the daughter of Baltimore mayor Tommy D’Alesandro, was admittedly more socially and politically connected than the average American female, she nevertheless broke a succession of gender barriers that many of her own supporters did not even anticipate. Though her personal and political life has already been well documented in Vincent Bzdek’s Woman of the House: The Rise of Nancy Pelosi (2008), she manages to put an intimate spin on some familiar landscapes. Despite the fact that her advice is relatively tame and not especially original—never lose faith, recognize opportunity, organize, don’t agonize, there is no secret sauce, etc.—readers will appreciate the spirit, the sincerity, and the context of the message delivered by one of the most powerful women in the nation. Sure to be of interest to both Pelosi fans and foes. --Margaret Flanagan
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