THE SENATOR NEXT DOOR by Amy Klobuchar

THE SENATOR NEXT DOOR

A Memoir from the Heartland
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A comprehensive autobiography by the first female U.S. senator from Minnesota.

For anyone interested in the intricate details of how a young girl from Minneapolis made it to a seat in the Senate, Klobuchar (Uncovering the Dome, 1986) has written that book. Humorous at times, honest, and meticulously detailed, occasionally to a fault, the author unveils her entire life’s history with a slow, steady pace. She chronicles her grandparents’ immigrant status, her father’s rise through journalism and his troubles with alcohol, her mother’s years as a teacher and stay-at-home mom, her parents’ divorce, and how these events affected her early childhood. She discusses her school years, beginning with kindergarten, and takes readers up through high school, college, and law school. Once this preliminary history is out of the way, Klobuchar tackles her years in the law business, and she discusses a variety of cases she worked on with her colleagues. She also recounts her marriage to husband John and the birth and early health issues of her daughter, Abigail. She then moves into her political run for county attorney, which eventually led to her years as senator. Throughout the book, Klobuchar provides a wealth of daily minutiae—e.g., the day she was babysitting and hid a half-eaten bologna sandwich under the couch, that her wedding dress was a “sample,” and the sparring she encountered over moving some furniture in the county attorney’s office reception area. These facts add quaintness to the narrative but also bog it down. Still, Klobuchar provides an informative chronicle balanced between her personal and political lives, one that reflects the stance she took early in life to overcome any obstacles thrown her way and how she has used that same drive to surmount the numerous obstructions she has faced while serving as senator.

A flawed but deeply personal recounting of one woman’s rise through the political ranks.

Pub Date: Aug. 25th, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-62779-417-6
Page count: 368pp
Publisher: Henry Holt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2015




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