Virtual Book Club
THE HAPPY WOMEN
Book Club Dates are Two Thursday Afternoons:
Molly Ball, TIME magazine's national political correspondent and a political analyst for CNN, will be meeting with the Happy Women Virtual Book Club over Zoom for 2 gatherings and moderated discussion.
Thursday, August 13: 5:30 pm PST
First session is a 20 minute Welcome Introduction to the group before we begin reading the book.
Thursday, September 10 : 5:30 pm PST
Next Session after we have completed the book is one hour.
A Zoom link will be sent to you a few days before each meeting.
An intimate, fresh perspective on the most powerful woman in American political history, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, by award-winning political journalist Molly Ball
She’s the iconic leader who puts Donald Trump in his place, the woman with the toughness to take on a lawless president and defend American democracy. Ever since the Democrats took back the House in the 2018 midterm elections, Nancy Pelosi has led the opposition with strategic mastery and inimitable elan. It’s a remarkable comeback for the veteran politician who for years was demonized by the right and taken for granted by many in her own party―even though, as speaker under President Barack Obama, she deserves much of the credit for epochal liberal accomplishments from universal access to health care to saving the US economy from collapse, from reforming Wall Street to allowing gay people to serve openly in the military. How did an Italian grandmother in four-inch heels become the greatest legislator since LBJ?
Ball’s nuanced, page-turning portrait takes readers inside the life and times of this historic and underappreciated figure. Based on exclusive interviews with the Speaker and deep background reporting, Ball shows Pelosi through a thoroughly modern lens to explain how this extraordinary woman has met her moment.
“[An] illuminating new biography of the most powerful woman in American politics.” ―Michelle Goldberg, The New York Times Book Review
“[A] smart, solid biography with a lesson: Despite our current fixation on political showmanship, politics works best in a complicated democracy like ours when its practitioners can navigate their way through the byzantine cloakrooms of power." ―Joe Klein, The Washington Post
“There's a delicious scene in Pelosi where she chases down a Republican congressman who had disparaged her and shouts, ‘You're an insignificant person,’ at him again and again. Whether taking on a low-level back-bencher in the House or President Trump in the Oval Office, Nancy Pelosi could never be called insignificant, as Molly Ball so revealingly documents in this absorbing book.” ―David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of First in His Class: The Biography of Bill Clinton
“Even dedicated political junkies will learn something new about the controversial figure in this comprehensive look.” ―Good Housekeeping
“Molly Ball’s Pelosi is the inspirational political book we’ve all been waiting for. In this dark season, Ball shines a light on the nearly heroic Speaker and her unwavering commitment to truth, justice, and well-tailored jackets. This is the definitive biography of an icon.”―Vanessa Grigoriadis, author of Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power, and Consent on Campus
“Molly Ball’s revealing, essential biography…captures all the facets of Madam Speaker: steely combatant, peerless number cruncher, master of details.” ―O Magazine
ABOUT MOLLY BALL
Molly Ball is TIME magazine's national political correspondent and a political analyst for CNN. She appears regularly on PBS's Washington Week, CBS's Face the Nation, ABC's This Week, and other television and radio programs. Ball is the winner of numerous awards for her coverage of American politics, including the Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prize and the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting. She grew up in Idaho and Colorado and lives in the Washington, DC, area with her husband and three children.