Forgetting to Be Afraid

Forgetting to Be Afraid

A Memoir


Read by: Hillary Huber
Intro.reader:

Format
Audiobook Download – Unabridged
Price
$40.00
 
  • Audiobook Download – Unabridged
  • ISBN 9780698179912
  • 10:34:00 Duration
  • Penguin Audio
  • Adult

Overview

An inspiring memoir by one of the country’s brightest new political stars and hero to women’s rights supporters everywhere

In June of 2013, Texas state senator Wendy Davis became an overnight political sensation when she singlehandedly filibustered Governor Rick Perry’s sweeping anti-abortion bill. Her personal story is just as remarkable. The daughter of a single mother, Davis, at age 19, was on her way to becoming a single mother herself. She was living with her own young daughter in a trailer park while working two jobs and struggling to make ends meet. Still, she managed to attend and graduate from Texas Christian University and Harvard Law School, be elected to the Fort Worth City Council and the Texas Senate, and, in 2014, became the most serious Democrat in two decades to make a run for governor. Refreshing and forthright, Forgetting to Be Afraid is a deeply moving testament to the enduring power of the American Dream.
Forgetting to Be Afraid

Forgetting to Be Afraid

Wendy Davis, Read by: Hillary Huber, Intro.reader: Wendy Davis

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Praise

“Very good… an important contribution not only to understanding Wendy Davis but to where we are right now.” –Rachel Maddow

“I’m a Republican…but I can still love the book and be moved by an inspirational story.” –Joe Scarborough

“Texas gubernatorial candidate Davis delivers a political biography that is better—in part because it’s better written, in part because it’s more heartfelt—than most books of its kind…Doubtless we’ll be hearing more from Davis. This modest memoir makes it clear why even her opponents should pay attention to her.” –Kirkus

“Compelling.” –Associated Press

Extras

Dear Reader Letter

Dear Reader,

Forgetting to Be Afraid is a Profiles in Courage for our time—politically and personally.

In 2013, when Wendy Davis conducted an eleven-hour solo filibuster in the Texas legislature to block passage of a bill that would have denied women access to reproductive health care, she electrified the nation. On her feet, not moving, not drinking, no bathroom breaks, just talking; Senator Davis won an astounding, unlikely victory for pro-choice advocates everywhere.

In this new memoir, Davis, now the Democratic candidate for Texas governor, relates her extraordinary journey from a hardscrabble upbringing to motherhood to Harvard Law School and now into a race for one of America’s most visible jobs. How she combined ambition, family, determination and an unquenchable drive for public service is the stuff that legends—and great autobiographies—are made from. Written with candor, insight and an intimacy rarely offered by any politician, Forgetting to Be Afraid is inspiring, important reading.

I hope you’ll have a chance to read this surprising book; it will make you see what all of us at Blue Rider—and what so many voters in Texas—have come to view as the Age of Wendy Davis.

Best wishes etc

David Rosenthal

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