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review 2017-09-30 00:08
[REVIEW] What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton
What Happened - Hillary Rodham Clinton

I wasn't going to read this book. I'm still trying to pretend that what happened on November 8th, 2016 didn't happen. However, seeing the vitriol directed at her for just DARING to write a book about her experience and not disappearing into the night in shame made me want a read it and so I did. Besides, I won't lie that I needed to hear her voice, I needed to feel some semblance of guidance.

 

This isn't an easy read, especially when you take into consideration how the United States is being led by a man without compassion, dignity or morality (just look at all he is NOT doing to help Puerto Rico). I'm not saying Hillary Rodham Clinton isn't without her flaws because she is. I'm not saying she would've made a perfect president, but she would've been infinitely better than the person at the helm right now: just to hear her express herself, her coherence, her candor, her knowledge of politics and international affairs. It makes me want to break into song: WE COULD'VE HAD IT AAAAAAALL.

 

Listening to it as I commuted to and from work both stung and calmed me. There were times where I had to stop listening because I just wanted to cry, it was too painful, too raw, my skin prickled with emotion. Other times I felt angry on her behalf. She holds no punches, and I loved her for it. I also loved how she spoke about her life's work, her family, but most of all I loved learning about her mother, about how Hillary Rodham Clinton takes care of herself, how she fusses over others. I relate to that. I am the designated mama hen of all of my friends.

 

She also talks about sexism, gun control, immigration, to name a few. It was refreshing to have someone speak with so much aplomb and sense. Contrary to what others might be thinking, she takes full responsibility for what happened during the 2016 election. She also points out the many other factors that inevitably influenced the outcome. She asks people to pick a cause and to fight it; she asks people to be kind.

 

The book ended, and I somehow managed to hold back the tears in the subway. I don't feel my heart has fully healed from the disappointment of her not winning, and therefore I get to live with anxiety 100% of the time, but thanks to this, I'm starting to gather the pieces to move forward.

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text 2017-09-26 03:55
Reading progress update: I've listened 849 out of 1010 minutes.
What Happened - Hillary Rodham Clinton

She's talking about election night, and it's hard not to cry. I can just remember that night with astounding clarity. The unopened champagne, the crawling dread that the worst possible outcome would happen, the numbness and then the bone-chilling fear and anxiety that has never left. Hearing her version of events makes it all worse.

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text 2017-09-16 21:02
Reading progress update: I've listened 420 out of 1010 minutes.
What Happened - Hillary Rodham Clinton

I had no real interest in reading this book. After the 2016 election, I got depressed, and I had no intention of reliving it. However, seeing the vitriol and sexism that has been directed at Mrs. Clinton just because she wrote a book about what she lived (same as Bernie) made me get this book the day it came out.

 

This book is hard to listen to at times especially when it speaks about gun violence and the families of those who have lost loved ones to gun-wielding assholes.

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review 2017-08-10 17:38
World Full of Wondrous Women
She Persisted - Chelsea Clinton,Alexandra Boiger
Daughter of former U.S. president Bill Clinton, Chelsea Clinton brings a picture book about 13 women who are a part of U.S. history and are the reason women and men have many things to feel blessed for.

 

I knew many of the women in this book, some just by name and others I had never heard. Each woman is given two pages, with wonderful art and a short but sweet description of each womans’ contribution to the world.

 

The writings for each lady is as I said short and makes me itch for more about them.  I can only hope that children get the same feeling and want to read more about these wonderful people.

 

Written by a very smart woman and mother this book is a great add to bring knowledge of people we should always remember.
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review 2017-08-03 15:49
She Persisted: 13 Women Who Changed the World
She Persisted - Chelsea Clinton,Alexandra Boiger

 


I Picked Up This Book Because: I saw an interview with Chelsea on The Tonight Show about the book and thought it was a great idea so when I say my local library had it I picked it up.


The Story:

This book was exactly what it says it is. Wonderful women who persisted to change the world. Beautiful quotes from each and vivid illustrations. I wish every little girl in the world could read this book.


The Random Thoughts:

I’m buying a few copies to donate to local schools.

The Score Card:

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5 Stars

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