Off the Sidelines

Off the Sidelines

Raise your Voice, Change the World

Book - 2014
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Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780804179072
Branch Call Number: 328.73 GIL 2014
Characteristics: xviii, 194 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Weil, Elizabeth


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Dec 19, 2017

Gillibrand is a former tobacco attorney who changed from moderate to liberal when she rose from a conservative New York House district to take Hillary's old Senate seat. She wants to be the Democrat nominee in 2020, and is currently seeking notoriety by ostentatiously attacking Trump.
--- I don't recommend this book, but if you want it, you might as well hear the Audio version as I did, so you can assess Gillibrand's voice and manner. I will repeat my Audio comment.
--- Hillary wrote a foreward, read by an actress, troweling on praise to a nauseous level. Gillibrand then reads her book in a childish, petulant voice reminiscent of Dan Quayle.
--- Women should have everything. They must take over the country and change it to their own liking. All women must join in the quest for self-advantage.
--- She boasts of tough female forebears -- her karate-expert mother, and her valiant grandmother who threw her drunken grandfather out. Gillibrand owes her own superior toughness to these rugged predecessors.
--- To prove how tough she is, Gillibrand sprinkles her narrative with profanities, and revels in her use of "f__k" in addressing senior colleagues, reading aloud with pride and pleasure -- a truly feminine contemporary female leader.
--- I gave up after a few minutes, feeling I had had enough.

Jul 09, 2015

so nice to read a book by a political person that isn't just a smear job on someone else. this author talks about what she is interested in and how she has tried to make a difference rather than accusing everyone else of being and idiot or disloyal. good autobiographical read

May 24, 2015

I was looking for hope for the future, since things in D.C seem so dysfunctional and dystopian. I found it here. This book is the voice of a sane, sensible person who cares about important issues and pushes hard for them in a non-combative or adversarial way. A refreshing voice of reason, Senator Gillibrand is someone to watch.

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