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Jill: A Biography of the First Lady

Jill: A Biography of the First Lady

Jill: A Biography of the First Lady

Jill: A Biography of the First Lady

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The personal and political life of First Lady Dr. Jill Biden

Dr. Jill Biden has been described as President Joe Biden’s greatest political asset. Like many women of her generation, she holds her commitments as wife, mother and grandmother at the center of her life. She is a professor, earned a doctorate in educational leadership, and taught at Northern Virginia Community College. She broke barriers as First Lady as the first to hold a paying job outside the White House. “Jill” is the story of this accomplished American woman.
 
From her earliest days dating Senator Biden, to her embrace of Biden’s young sons Beau and Hunter Biden and the birth of their daughter Ashley; her role by Joe Biden’s side through Senate reelection race after Senate reelection race; her years as Second Lady; to Joe’s successful third run for the Democratic presidential nomination, Jill has lived in the public eye. In this deeply reported biography, Julie Pace and Darlene Superville of The Associated Press, along with writer Evelyn M. Duffy, reveal some of the private sides of Jill Biden. We come to better understand her personality, which has held the Biden family together through tragedy and good fortune alike.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316377508
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 04/19/2022
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 100,531
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Julie Pace is Executive Editor of the Associated Press. Previously she was Washington bureau chief and White House correspondent. Pace won the White House Correspondents’ Association Merriman Smith Award in 2013.
 
Darlene Superville is a White House reporter at The Associated Press, where she has worked for over thirty years on political beats. She covered President Obama’s and President Trump’s terms. 

Table of Contents

Authors' Note xii

Introduction 3

Chapter 1 Free Spirit 7

Chapter 2 Childhood in Hammonton 9

Chapter 3 Double-Dinner Sundays 16

Chapter 4 Leader of the Pack 19

Chapter 5 Classes, Marriage, and Rock 'n' Roll 24

Chapter 6 Senator of a New Generation 28

Chapter 7 A Date with the Young Senator 33

Chapter 8 "Groundedness" Paired with Charisma 37

Chapter 9 Tying the Knot 43

Chapter 10 Becoming a Mom 47

Chapter 11 Into the Public Arena 50

Chapter 12 Ashley 56

Chapter 13 First Run 61

Chapter 14 Learning the Campaign Trail 65

Chapter 15 Career, Goals, and Pranks 72

Chapter 16 "You've Got to Quit" 76

Chapter 17 Bork Hearings 81

Chapter 18 Holding Hands Through All 84

Chapter 19 A Second Chance 89

Chapter 20 Like Mother, Like Daughter 92

Chapter 21 Intensity of the Time 97

Chapter 22 Running Ahead 100

Chapter 23 Fateful Day 105

Chapter 24 Lightning Strike 107

Chapter 25 Right for the Time 111

Chapter 26 Dr. Biden 114

Chapter 27 Boots on the Ground 116

Chapter 28 2008 120

Chapter 29 Instant Connection 125

Chapter 30 Compartmentalizing 129

Chapter 31 Election Day 134

Chapter 32 Second Lady Puts Education First 138

Chapter 33 The American Creed 142

Chapter 34 Blue Star Mom 144

Chapter 35 Integrity and Honor 146

Chapter 36 Lighting of a Fire 150

Chapter 37 Joining Forces 153

Chapter 38 Global Issues 157

Chapter 39 National Tragedies 159

Chapter 40 Battle Together 164

Chapter 41 Worsening Conditions 166

Chapter 42 Hope 171

Chapter 43 The Last Light 174

Chapter 44 Peanuts 175

Chapter 45 Potential Candidate 179

Chapter 46 Give It One Hundred Percent 182

Chapter 47 Knowing the Time 185

Chapter 48 The Couple's Farewell 187

Chapter 49 Inauguration 2017 189

Chapter 50 Highest Honor 193

Chapter 51 Post-Vice-Presidential Life 195

Chapter 52 The Loud Roar 199

Chapter 53 Going for It 201

Chapter 54 New Campaign 206

Chapter 55 State by State 210

Chapter 56 A Good Philly Girl 213

Chapter 57 The Start of a Pandemic 215

Chapter 58 Going Virtual 218

Chapter 59 Accusations and Investigations 221

Chapter 60 Election Day 226

Chapter 61 "Her Name Is Dr. Jill Biden" 229

Chapter 62 Historic Day 233

Chapter 63 Unity, Hope, and Love on the North Lawn 236

Chapter 64 Life Is Calling 239

Chapter 65 Vaccines, Vaccines, Vaccines 243

Chapter 66 Sense of Unity 249

Chapter 67 Public Mourning 254

Chapter 68 Under Scrutiny 258

Chapter 69 Just Round One 260

Conclusion 263

Acknowledgments 265

Source Notes 268

Index 299

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