An Amazon #1 Bestseller!
2016 Next Generation Indie Book Award Winner in Women’s Studies!
2016 Independent Publishers “IPPY” Bronze Medal award winner!
2015 IndieFab Book Awards Honorable Mention!
Hillary Clinton’s name is on everyone’s lips as we are in the throes of the 2016 presidential election. But as we know from the 2008 presidential campaign, and its outcome, Clinton evokes extreme and varied emotions among voters in a way no other candidate in recent memory has.
Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox delves into the nuances of our complicated feelings about one of the most powerful women ever in American politics. In this timely collection, editor Joanne Bamberger gathers a unique and diverse group of writers of all ages, walks of life, and political affiliations, while also providing the narrative framework through which to view the history that’s led us to this moment in time―the moment when voters must decide whether they can forgive Hillary Clinton for not being the perfect candidate or the perfect woman and finally elect our first woman president, bringing humor, nuance and personal insights to the recent research that, overwhelmingly, shows that women voters must find women candidates “likable” before they can cast their ballots for them.
Timely and fresh, Love Her, Love Her Not will provoke new conversations and push political and cultural dialogue in the US to a new level.
“ . . . will most please those who share, in the words of Bamberger’s introduction, an ‘endless fascination with all things Hillary.’”
“Whether Hillary Clinton’s candidacy for president gives you a flitter of excitement or a pit of dread, these 28 essays in Love Her, Love Her Not are an election season must-read. Though each is unique in its point of view and assessment of her, together they remind us why 2016 is going to be a crucial year in our nation’s political history. After reading Joanne Bamberger’s expertly curated selection, you’ll be ready to be a guest on Bill Maher, even if it’s just from your couch.”
—Angela Matusik, executive digital editor, InStyle
“In Love Her, Love Her Not, Joanne Bamberger sets the stage for rethinking what we already know about Hillary Clinton. Bamberger examines the social and political dynamics that brought us to this historic electoral moment and then hands the stage to some of today’s best women pundits and writers to answer our biggest question about the woman most of us refer to simply as ‘Hillary’: Why are we so conflicted about her as with no other politician?”
—Lisa Belkin, Senior National Correspondent, Yahoo News
“Each one of these entertaining and insightful essays made me think in a new way about Hillary Clinton. Love Her, Love Her Not is a must-read before the 2016 election.”
—Leslie Sanchez, political analyst and author of You’ve Come a Long Way, Maybe: Sarah, Michelle, Hillary and the Shaping of the New American Woman
“Think you know Hillary Clinton? Think again! Just in time for 2016, Love Her, Love Her Not is an indispensable guide to the woman who’s already put 18 million cracks in the highest, hardest glass ceiling and may be poised to do a whole lot more.”
—Krystal Ball, former MSNBC host and congressional candidate
“I didn’t know how many feelings women had about Hillary―hell, I didn’t know how many feelings *I* had about Hillary―until I read Joanne Bamberger’s anthology, which was far more hilarious and thought-provoking and surprising than it has any right to be, given that this is a woman who has been in the public eye for decades now. Instructive, and never reductive, for this upcoming election season.”
—Elisa Camahort Page, SheKnows Media Senior Vice President and BlogHer Co-founder
5/5 Stars: “Hillary Doesn’t Fit Neatly Into a Package… and that’s a GOOD thing! I’m a Democrat, but I haven’t settled myself on Hillary as a candidate…yet. This book is essential reading, especially if she *does* get the nomination. The writers have a broad spectrum of views about Clinton’s personality, political track-record, and a few of them recount specific interactions that some of them have had with her. Some of the essays are clearly ‘rah-rah-Hillary’, but others are respectfully critical, which is refreshing. I wish every single presidential candidate had a book like this about them. It has given me a more holistic view of Hillary as a person and as a politician – and I feel better informed about what to expect from her if she does win the nomination.”
5/5 Stars: “Surprisingly thought provoking! Extremely timely, this is an interesting collection of 28 essays written by women from different walks of life. It offers insight into how people feel about Hillary Clinton. Love her, hate her, or somewhere in between, this book will help you examine your own thoughts about the woman who may become the next President of the United States. … It’s not often that a book can challenge your thoughts, but this one will. If everyone could read this and examine our own shortcomings/perceptions/opinions, the world would be a much better place.”
Appearances and events:
Nov. 13, 2015, 6:30 p.m. – Official book launch, National Press Club, Washington, DC.
Jan. 16, 2016, 7 p.m. – Politics & Prose, Washington, D.C. She Writes Press group authors’ book discussion & signing.
Jan. 19, 2016, 7 p.m. – Vroman’s Bookstore, Pasadena, CA. Panel discussion & book signing.
Jan. 22, 2016, 7 p.m. – The Book Lady Bookstore, Savannah, GA. Book reading & signing.
Jan. 27, 2016, 7 p.m. – Women & Children First Bookstore, Chicago, IL. Panel discussion & book signing. Catch a video of Joanne Bamberger and contributor Veronica Arreola from their appearance on WGN-TV!
Feb. 19, 2016, 12 Noon – Political Institute for Women Conference, Miami, FL. Book discussion and signing.
Feb. 25, 2016, 1 p.m – Book discussion with high school class in NYC. Contact me to set up a discussion with your high school class!
Feb. 28, 2016, 2 p.m. – Private book club discussion. Contact me to set up a reading and discussion for your book club, either in person or via Skype!
March 3, 2016, 7 p.m. – North Dallas Women’s Democratic Club, Dallas, TX. Book discussion & signing.
March 8, 2016, 6:30 p.m. – Kramerbooks & Afterwords, Washington, D.C. Panel discussion & book signing with Joanne Bamberger, Mary C. Curtis and Aliza Worthington.
March 11, 2016, 7 p.m. – Charis Books, Atlanta, GA. Panel discussion and book signing with Joanne Bamberger, Jennifer Hall Lee and Faiqa Khan.
March 29, 2016, 12 Noon – Women’s Democratic Club, Washington, D.C. Book discussion & signing.
April 16, 2016, 11 a.m. – Bethesda Literary Festival, Bethesda, MD. Book reading and signing.
April 25, 2016, 7 p.m. – Pulaski County Democrats, Little Rock, Ark. Book reading and signing by Little Rock contributor Suzi Parker.
April 28, 2016, 10:30 a.m. New America Foundation, Washington, D.C. Panel discussion, “It’s Raining Men: Presidential Campaigns and Their Sexual Politics.”
May 10, 2016, 7:30 p.m. – [words] Bookstore, Maplewood, NJ. Book discussion and signing, with Joanne Bamberger, Nancy Giles and Amy Ferris.
May 21, 2016, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Gaithersburg Book Festival, Gaithersburg, MD. Featured presenter
June 25-26, 2016, Politicon Festival, Los Angeles, CA. Featured presenter and panel moderator. Book signing.
If you’re in the Washington, D.C./Maryland/Virginia area, I am also appearing at various book clubs and private events. Contributors around the country are doing the same. If you’d like to schedule a private event for your book club or group, please contact Joanne at firstname.lastname@example.org !
Stay tuned here for more events through 2016! And you can always find more information about book events, the latest in Hillary news, and what the contributors are up to by following the hashtag #hillaryparadoxbook!