The Senator Next Door: A Memoir from the Heartland by Amy Klobuchar

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One of the U.S. Senate's most candid--and funniest--women tells the story of her life and her unshakeable faith in our democracy

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar has tackled every obstacle she's encountered--her parents' divorce, her father's alcoholism and recovery, her political campaigns and Washington's gridlock--with honesty, humor and pluck. Now, in The Senator Next Door, she chronicles her remarkable heartland journey, from her immigrant grandparents to her middle-class suburban upbringing to her rise in American politics.

After being kicked out of the hospital while her infant daughter was still in intensive care, Klobuchar became the lead advocate for one of the first laws in the country guaranteeing new moms and their babies a 48-hour hospital stay. Later she ran Minnesota's biggest prosecutor's office and in 2006 was the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from her state. Along the way she fashioned her own political philosophy grounded in her belief that partisan flame-throwing takes no courage at all; what really matters is forging alliances with unlikely partners to solve the nation's problems.

Optimistic, plainspoken and often very funny, The Senator Next Door is a story about how the girl next door decided to enter the fray and make a difference. At a moment when America's government often seems incapable of getting anything done, Amy Klobuchar proves that politics is still the art of the possible.

Title : The Senator Next Door: A Memoir from the Heartland
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ISBN : 1627794174
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 292 pages


Clif rated it ★★★★☆

February 06, 2017

This is a memoir of Amy Klobuchar, senior Senator from Minnesota. I was surprised how much I enjoyed listening to the audio edition of this book. It is narrated by the Amy herself. By the time we reached the end of the book her clear and pleasant voice had thoroughly charmed me. I was completely...

Jean rated it ★★★★☆

September 16, 2015

Amy Klobuchar is the first female U. S. Senator from Minnesota. I have found her memoir most interesting and it is not the typical political autobiography. I feel I have actually discovered the real person not the political shell. Recently I have read a number of books about women Senator mostly...

AnnieM rated it ★★★★★

October 18, 2015

I loved this book. I'm biased. I don't care. Senator Klobuchar is what Washington really needs. A real person who knows how people really live. Sure people wouldn't agree because she went to Yale. Read the book. She isn't afraid of a little extra effort to save a buck. How many people do you know...

Julie rated it ★★★★☆

January 04, 2016

My friend Bonnie, who lives in Minneapolis, always gives me a Minnesota-themed book for Christmas. For Christmas 2015, this was the Minnesota book, and not only was it hardcover (we usually give each other paperbacks), but it was signed and inscribed to me by Senator Klobuchar herself! Bonnie inc...

Mlg rated it ★★★★☆

September 07, 2015

A lot of political autobiographies are self-serving, this one is not. Klobuchar has a delightful sense of self deprecating humor that makes her story enjoyable to read. From her family's beginning in the iron mines of Ely, Minnesota, to her acceptance at Yale, law school at the University of Chi...

Heather rated it ★★★★★

January 16, 2017

I very much enjoyed learning more about Senator Klobuchar and her background before become a State Senator. The stories of her life and her time as Senator are honest and humorous. As a Minnesotan, you'll recognize many points in her life - the State Fair, Farm Fest, Mayo Clinic. No matter what y...

Caroline rated it ★★★★☆

March 10, 2016

So, strictly in terms of the enjoyment of reading the book, this would've been a three star. She's overwhelmingly earnest and (although it can be endearing) that doesn't make for great reading. As an advocate for my interests, she handily rates five stars. So for my review, I split the difference...

Jane rated it ★★★★☆

June 30, 2016

Too bad there are not more politicians like she is portrayed.

Amayz rated it ★★★★★

January 24, 2016

What's not to love about this smart, witty and humble woman?

Cynthia rated it ★★★★★

March 17, 2016

Loved, loved this book!! Very well written and fun to read! I love my senator, Amy! (Actually love both my senators!)

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