On My Nightstand: Condoleezza Rice – a Memoir of my Extraordinary, Ordinary Family and Me (Youth Book)

by A Frugal Friend on March 4, 2012

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You might think a book with Condoleezza Rice as its’ author would be geared towards adult Republicans. While she has written a highly political book, what I’ve been reading lately has very little to do with politics at all. In fact, whether you are Republican, Democrat, or have no party affiliation at all, this book is about growing up, family, and life…..and is something that we all can relate with on some level.

Condoleezza Rice: A Memoir of My Extraordinary, Ordinary Family and Me won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work for Youth/Teens……..and I can definitely see why. From lessons learned and achievements, to family tragedies, Condoleezza Rice walks you through her early childhood in Birmingham, Alabama to present day life.

I love reading Biographies. Everyone has a story. You. Me. Condoleezza Rice. Our experiences shape who we are. Our families impact us. I believe that we can learn a lesson (or two) from everyone…….and this book is such a great choice for youth because of that. But I admit……I loved it too.

Some experiences she shares:

  • Growing up in the 1950′s in Birmingham, Alabama during a period of segregation and violence
  • Being an only child
  • Sacrifices her parents made for her
  • Her passions…..music, ice skating, history
  • Struggles being an adult “child” living in her parents house (I remember those well)
  • Her long road to figuring out what she wanted to do as a career (so relevant for youth and young adults)
  • The fear in her community when JFK was killed
  • How small the world really is:  Her father and their neighbor were both professors in Colorado.  She would end up Secretary of State.  Her neighbor’s son would end up the Prime Minister of Israel.  Small world, huh?
  • The breast cancer diagnosis of her mom….and ultimately, her death

I couldn’t put the book down.  Condoleezza shares so much and I felt such a bond when she talked about her mom’s cancer diagnosis.  Her fears, anxiety, and what she learned about facing challenges from watching her mom. As a daughter who has watched her mother lose a battle with breast cancer, I knew exactly what she was talking about.

You might think you know Condoleezza Rice, but I’m hear to tell you that you probably don’t have a clue.  I know I didn’t.

This is a book I’ll read again someday……and one I’ll pass along to my daughter too.

BUY IT: $8.99 Paperback or $11.99 Hardcover on Amazon

(Complimentary book was provided for review.  All opinions are the honest statements of the author.  This post contains an affiliate link.)

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