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Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward

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"Valerie has been one of Barack and my closest confidantes for decades... the world would feel a lot better if there were more people like Valerie blazing the trail for the rest of us."--Michelle Obama

"The ultimate Obama insider" ( The New York Times ) and longest-serving senior advisor in the Obama White House shares her journey as a daughter,
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by Viking
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Dan Bell
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I won this book as a Goodreads Giveaway.

In Finding My Voice, Valerie Jarrett discusses her upbringing, her early career in government, and her friendship with the future First Family. Overall, it was a pretty quick read that provided an interesting perspective of the Obama Administration, to include some challenges and successes. I appreciate that Ms. Jarrett acknowledged early in the book that much and more has to do with luck, as some senior government officials make it sound like they were de
Daniel Cuthbert
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book and leave my thoughts below.

This is a rather interesting biography of a figure that I thought I knew a fair amount of from following the Obama presidency, but was pleasantly surprised to find some fascinating perspectives that really help make this particular biography a welcome read.
Her own personal biography is one that should prove to be an inspiration for those struggling to find a place in life. Easy to pick up and fascinating to go through, well worth a pick
I really enjoyed reading this book. Aside from the fact that it’s a significant plank in the Obama hagiography edifice, Jarrett is a genuinely likeable person with an interesting life. All this kept me reading when I might otherwise have been put off by the writing. Some of the most obvious problems (such as spelling mistakes!) could probably be attributed to the fact that the book was published really quickly. However, there’s a more fundamental problem. It feels as if the “collaborators” — I g ...more
Kingsley Oteng-Amoako
In the book much of her examinations both in the Whitehouse and prior to joining the cabinet bethinks the influences and the lushness of a Chicago insider. My initial impressions were of incertitude, as to how another book from the Obama Presidency might fare but Valerie Jarrett’s work was then rescheduled to be out later. There is a significant amount of background which in some parts makes for substantial reading; as a discussion of class boundaries the book yields later into a discussion of ‘ ...more
I got an ARC in a Goodreads giveaway.

Finding My Voice is part autobiography and part political memoir. It is an easy and quick read mostly due to the lack of details. Do not expect any "juicy" details/stories in this book or new insights into how the Obama family/administration functioned. I am sure this book is inspirational to those who are black and/or women but otherwise, it is just like most other Obama staff memoirs in that you will take away few lessons and is self-serving.
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Ms. Jarrett describes working the Oval Office and White House in a very vivid way, so you get a better understanding of the physical surroundings as well as the personalities of those on the staff.
She is a great write and very inspiring in her own personal accomplishments. She and Pres Obama had a unique friendship. Reading about those working days, brought me so much joy!
Marilyn Katz
Thank you, Goodreads, for my copy of this book. I found it a quick read that I thought should have been more interesting. I really wish Ms Jarrett had concentrated more on her early years and family then her years at the White House. Those early years were fascinating
Suzanne Mundy
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read! Valerie Jarrett tells a wonderful story. I admire her. It was a delight to read--so informative--I hated for it to end. Three cheers Mrs. Jarrett! You are so blessed. Well worth my time. I gave it to myself as a birthday present. I'm glad I did.
Andrea Gugel
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such an insightful read. Inspiring.
Claudia Haag
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful read. It was really nice to gain a new perspective about the White House. I love Valerie Jarrett, I have a lot of respect for her. A beautiful book, I highly recommend it.
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Valerie Jarrett was the longest serving senior adviser to President Barack Obama. She oversaw the Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and chaired the White House Council on Women and Girls. Before joining the White House, she served as the chief executive officer of The Habitat Company in Chicago, chairman of the Chicago Transit Board, commissioner of Planning and Developmen ...more