U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar will recount her life during the past few tumultuous years in a new memoir, publisher St. Martin’s announced in a news release.
The Minnesota Democrat’s The Joy of Politics: Surviving Campaigns, Cancer, the Pandemic, an Insurrection, and Life's Other Unexpected Curveballs is slated for publication next year. St. Martin’s describes the book as “an intimate and revelatory memoir—on personal challenges, political turmoil, and the state of American democracy—from one of the most effective voices in politics.”
Before joining the senate in 2007, Klobuchar served as the Hennepin County attorney. She ran for president in 2020, placing third in the New Hampshire primary before dropping out after poor showings in Nevada and South Carolina. She is the author of a previous memoir, The Senator Next Door.
St. Martin’s says her memoir will cover the 2020 election, her cancer diagnosis, her husband’s fight with Covid-19, and the Jan. 6 insurrection.
“The theme of the book is resilience,” Klobuchar said in a statement. “Personal resilience, yes, but also the resilience of a nation. It is a story of getting through (to use my daughter’s words) a lot, and moving forward with joy. In these challenging times, and in our divided politics, we can either choose cynicism and fear, or we can choose joy. And I believe we must choose joy.”
The Joy of Politics is slated for publication on May 9, 2023.
Michael Schaub, a journalist and regular contributor to NPR, lives near Austin, Texas.