Record Details

Catalog Search

American woman : the transformation of the modern First Lady, from Hillary Clinton to Jill Biden / Katie Rogers.

The first definitive exploration of the role of the twenty-first century First Lady, painting a comprehensive portrait of Jill Biden and the evolution of the First Lady's role from ceremonial figurehead to political operative. Since the Clinton era, tectonic shifts in media, politics, and pop culture have all redefined expectations of First Ladies, even as the boundaries set upon them have at times remained frustratingly anachronistic. With sharp insights and dozens of firsthand interviews with major players in the Biden, Obama, Trump, Bush, and Clinton orbits, including Jill Biden and Hillary Clinton, New York Times White House correspondent Katie Rogers traces, from the dawn of the twenty-first century, the evolution of the role of First Lady into a modern power broker with the potential to deliver on behalf of the president, while also painting a full portrait of Jill Biden. Dr. Jill Biden began her journey toward public life in 1975 as a separated twenty-three-year-old who caught the eye of a widowed Senator Joe Biden. Recovering from her own heartbreak after a failed marriage, she found a man who was still grieving. He drew her into his close-knit family, and, in return, she knitted his life together after unspeakable tragedy, raised his children as her own, and stood by his side through three presidential campaigns. Along the way, they weathered shared tragedies of their own. Over the past four decades, Jill Biden has nurtured her husband's ambitions and emerged as a prime guardian of one of the most insular operations in modern politics. But she has also struggled with low approval ratings, critical headlines, and a changing Washington much different from the one that she and her husband first encountered together in the late 1970s. She is a disciplined First Lady by design, mirroring her family's guarded approach to the public and the media. She is also the only First Lady in history to work outside of the White House in a paid role as a teacher, a choice that was received with a mix of acclaim and misogyny. It was a decision that will inevitably clear a path for future first spouses to keep their chosen careers. Through deep reporting and new correspondence, American Woman is the first book to paint a comprehensive portrait of Jill Biden and grapple with the idea of what the role of a modern First Lady should be.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780593240564 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 0593240561 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: xxiv, 276 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Crown, 2024.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction -- Mermaids -- Ambition -- Tradition -- Expectation -- Reluctance -- "The professor must teach" -- "The kind of woman I'd like to meet" -- "A force to be reckoned with" -- "A quiet asset" -- "I remember every slight" -- Epilogue: "They want you to be strong".
Subject: Biden, Jill.
Presidents' spouses > United States > Biography.
Presidents' spouses > United States > History.
Presidents' spouses > United States > Conduct of life.

Available copies

  • 2 of 3 copies available at Susquehanna County Library.


  • 0 current holds with 3 total copies.
Show Only Available Copies
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Forest City 92-B BIDE Rog (Text) 38000000644811 SSQF Main Floor Checked Out 05/01/2024
Montrose 92-B BIDE Rog (Text) 37000009614097 SSQM Main Floor Available -
Susquehanna 92-B BIDE Rog (Text) 39000000531330 SSQS Main Floor Available -

Additional Resources