Forgetting to Be Afraid: A Memoir by Wendy Davis

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Read Forgetting to Be Afraid: A Memoir Online Free - A deeply personal memoir by one of the country’s brightest new political stars, Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis.

On the 26th of June, 2013, Texas state senator Wendy Davis became an overnight political sensation and a hero to womens’ rights supporters across the country. Davis stood and spoke on the floor of the state legislature for nearly eleven hours to run out the clock on a sweeping bill that aimed to close all but five abortion clinics in Texas. During that time, she wasn’t allowed to eat, drink, sit, use the bathroom, speak off-topic, or lean against any furniture. When it was over, President Obama tweeted support to his 40 million Twitter followers, and Wendy Davis was suddenly a household name.

But Davis’s personal story is as compelling, if not more so, than her public theatrics. Raised by a single mother with a ninth-grade education, Davis began working after school at age fourteen to help support her mom and three siblings. By nineteen, she had been married and filed for divorce while living with her baby daughter in a trailer park, a single mother trying to hold down two jobs. After putting herself through Texas Christian University and making it to Harvard Law School, then serving for nine years on the Fort Worth city council, Davis set her sights on the Texas state senate—and in 2008 defeated a longtime GOP incumbent in a race widely considered one of the biggest recent upsets in Texas politics.

Now, Davis is making a serious run to become the first Democratic governor of Texas in nearly two decades. With her singular narrative and tremendously exciting political future, this is bound to be the political memoir of the year.

Title : Forgetting to Be Afraid: A Memoir
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ISBN : 039917057X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 pages


Danna rated it ★★☆☆☆

September 28, 2014

The title of Wendy Davis's memoir comes from a quote of Lady Bird Johnson's: "Become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid." The first time I heard of Wendy Davis was when she made a groundbreaking filibuster in 2013. Her goal: to prevent the passing of bill SB 2, which would ha...

Jessica rated it ★★★☆☆

October 03, 2014

This book was more than I had hoped for. It gave me the insight I was curious about in regards to her and also her 13 hour Texas Senate filibuster. Wendy Davis has overcame insurmountable odds that weren't stacked in her favor from the beginning. She had me in laughter at some points and other ti...

Risa rated it ★★★★☆

September 10, 2014

This was a fascinating read. Going into the book, I knew she had a remarkable story, but I hadn't fully appreciated the quantity and magnitude of the obstacles she faced. Plus, I learned that she had a pet squirrel when she was a kid -- so I'm prepared for my next round of pub trivia!

Sydney rated it ★★★★★

October 11, 2014

How to express what this book means to me, to my loved ones, to my Texas? If you think you know the whole story, I promise you, you don't. If you are a woman or love a woman, or have a sister or daughter or mother, you need to read this book. Read it to gain understanding of what happens to wome...

Abby rated it ★★★★★

January 21, 2015

4.5-5.0 inspirational, enthralling, intelligent, well-written I admired how she took responsibility for mistakes made (in her campaigns and her personal life) and seemed to honestly regret them. She did a great job of walking the line between being open about her personal life and telling too much--...

Pat rated it ★★★★☆

September 25, 2014

A much stronger book than I expected it to be. Explains why she is the independent minded fighter that she is. She writes with great clarity and shares very personal aspects of her life with openness and humility. I hope people will read this book, even beyond the political season. We need more T...

Julie rated it ★★☆☆☆

November 29, 2014

Someone with more literary ability might have made a very good story out of this; as it is, it rambles, and positively drags in places. Interesting woman and I admire her verve, ambition and determination. I just don't admire her writing.

Jana rated it ★★★★☆

September 16, 2014

Wendy Davis is on the laminated fantasy dinner party invitation list. I sure hope she wins.

Amanda rated it ★★★★★

December 13, 2014

Team Wendy! Bonus points that I met her and she signed this book for me :)

Angela rated it ★★★★☆

September 18, 2014

Very timely and inspiring

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