Where the Light Enters: Building a Family, Discovering Myself

Where the Light Enters: Building a Family, Discovering Myself

by Jill Biden


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An intimate look at the love that built the Biden family and the delicate balancing act of the woman at its center.

"How did you get this number?" Those were the first words Jill Biden spoke to U.S. senator Joe Biden when he called her out of the blue to ask her on a date.

Growing up, Jill had wanted two things: a marriage like her parents'—strong, loving, and full of laughter—and a career. An early heartbreak had left her uncertain about love, until she met Joe. But as they grew closer, Jill faced difficult questions: How would politics shape her family and professional life? And was she ready to become a mother to Joe's two young sons?

She soon found herself falling in love with her three "boys," learning to balance life as a mother, wife, educator, and political spouse. Through the challenges of public scrutiny, complicated family dynamics, and personal losses, she grew alongside her family, and she extended the family circle at every turn: with her students, military families, friends and staff at the White House, and more.

This is the story of how Jill built a family—and a life—of her own. From the pranks she played to keep everyone laughing to the traditions she formed that would carry them through tragedy, hers is the spirited journey of a woman embracing many roles.

Where the Light Enters is a candid, heartwarming glimpse into the creation of a beloved American family, and the life of a woman at its center.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250182340
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication date: 08/04/2020
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 11,935
Product dimensions: 5.49(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

Jill Biden is a community college professor and served as Second Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. During the Obama-Biden administration, she advocated for military families, community colleges, the fight against cancer, and the education of women and girls around the world. She continues this work today through the Biden Foundation, the Biden Cancer Initiative, and the Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children. Dr. Biden is married to Vice President Joe Biden.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

1 Family Ties 5

2 Pushing Boundaries 19

3 Childhood's End 31

4 A Real Gentleman 43

5 If You Have to Ask 49

6 Five Proposals 59

7 We Don't Say "Step" 71

8 This Is Your Baby 83

9 Discovering My Voice 99

10 Becoming a Daughter 119

11 Small Wonders 135

12 Decisions Together 149

13 The Table Grows 163

14 From Friends to Family 175

15 Shattered 189

Epilogue: Where the Light Enters 201

Acknowledgments 207

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