Happy Reading, Happy Voting
If you’re planning on voting in the upcoming Democratic primary on June 2, 2020 -- and did you know you can register to vote at any DC Public Library location? -- you might be working out who it is you’d like to support. Find out a little about the candidates’ backgrounds, achievements and stances with a little one-on-one time to help make your decision with this list of every book written by every still-standing Democratic presidential candidate held by DC Public Library.
For the sake of brevity, only descriptions of a candidate’s most recent book is provided, but links to all of their publications at DC Public Library are included following their most recent title. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order by last name.
Happy reading; happy voting!
Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose by Joe Biden
Former Vice President Joe Biden invites readers in for an intimate look at the period of his life during which he watched his son, Beau, succumb to a malignant brain tumor. Balancing his political and personal life, Biden shares the high-highs and low-lows of this time, always returning to the promise he made his son over one family Thanksgiving: “Give me your word that no matter what happens, you’re going to be all right.” Personal and touching, this memoir hits on the unusual experiences and dichotomous nature of this time in Biden’s life. Read more from Biden with Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics.
Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet by Michael Bloomberg and Carl Pope
Alongside a leading voice in climate activism, Carl Pope, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg expounds on the urgency and importance of climate action in the face of what is described as “the most complicated challenge the world has ever faced.” Drawing from experience in policy and practical advocacy, Bloomberg and Pope outline the problem and suggest a number of solutions, noting the pros and cons of the options available to us. Read more from Bloomberg with No Day Shall Erase You: The Story of 9/11 as Told at the National September 11 Memorial Museum.
Is Today the Day?: Not Another Political Memoir by Tulsi Gabbard
Representative and veteran Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii draws readers through her experiences growing up in Leloaloa in American Samoa through her election as the first Hindu woman in Congress. Though coming from an area that promises a postcard paradise, Gabbard describes the challenges her community faces and how she tackles them as an elected official even in the face of personal adversity. With a look toward in-party changes, Gabbard outlines her ideas for an improved system and national community. Gabbard has not yet published any other books.
The Senator Next Door: A Memoir from the Heartland by Amy Klobuchar
With a touch of humor and plenty of spunk, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar describes how personal experiences led to advocacy on a greater scale. Klobuchar offers insight to her policies and philosophies, tracing the life events that brought her to her current position and her thoughts for the future. Keeping an eye to the past as well, Klobuchar digs into her family history to show readers how it has informed and shaped her actions on the Hill. Klobuchar has not yet published any other books. (Note: This candidate ended her primary campaign just as this list was headed for publication.)
Where We Go from Here: Two Years in the Resistance by Bernie Sanders
Picking up from his previous title for adults, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders details the actions he took from summer 2016 to summer 2018 with particular attention to his resistance to the Trump administration alongside his political colleagues. Sanders catalogs the achievements and setbacks while describing what’s ahead for activism at all levels and the paths forward to get there. Bringing in his experience from his work across the country and the world, Sanders includes calls to action and the public’s involvement in their government. Read more from Sanders with Bernie Sanders Guide to Political Revolution, Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In, Outsider in the White House, and The Speech: A Historic Filibuster on Corporate Greed and the Decline of Our Middle Class.
This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class by Elizabeth Warren
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren brings readers up to speed with the current state of things in terms of the middle class in America. Citing how different presidents have, over the years, impacted the financial state of everyday people of the United States, Warren shares the stories of these everyday people and outlines her plans to continue fighting for the population. Read more from Warren with The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Parents Are (Still) Going Broke, A Fighting Chance, and All Your Worth: The Ultimate Lifetime Money Plan.