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Hillary Clinton Discusses Her New Book, What Got Her Through Election Loss

After her crushing loss in the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton says that she turned to books. She claims she's gotten through these last few months by reading copiously. One other book that has helped her to get through it is her own new upcoming election memoirs. According to Clinton, she gets extremely personal in her most recent autobiography.

Clinton spoke at the American Library Association conference in Chicago on Tuesday, and the former Democratic presidential hopeful shared her story of how literature helped her move on after her unexpected election loss. Instead of sitting in the Oval Office running the country, she was left empty-handed and wondering what to do. Books helped her get through the weeds.

"Over the years, my love of reading has seen me through good times and hard times," explained the former Secretary of State. "After the election one of the things that helped me most, aside from long walks in the woods and the occasional glass of Chardonnay was, once again, going back to the familiar experience of losing myself in books."

Clinton says that a number of her supporters sent her books to help her get through the tough time. "I finished Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels, I devoured mysteries by Louise Penny, Donna Leon, Jacqueline Winspear, Charles Todd. I re-read old favorites like Henri Nouwen's The Return of the Prodigal Son, the poetry of Maya Angelou and Mary Oliver," she said. "I was riveted by the Jersey Brothers and a new book of essays called The View From Flyover Country, which turned out to be especially relevant in the midst of our current health care debate."

"And I've often enjoyed making my way through the glowing stack of books that people have sent me," she added.

Clinton reminisced fondly on what reading has meant to her throughout her life. She recalls how excited she was the first time she got her own library card. She talks about how she devoured books like the Nancy Drew series and Louisa May Alcott's classic, "Little Women."

Clinton noted that the Harry Potter series would be turning 20 years old this year since its first book was released. She mentioned studies that show people who read are more likely to be "compassionate toward immigrants, refugees and the LGBT community."

One book in particular that Mrs. Clinton was eager to talk about was her own upcoming memoirs. This is the third memoir that Clinton will publish. "It is the most personal book I've written," she said. "It will give readers an idea of what it's really like to run for president. Especially if you're a woman. There's a lot to that – not just hair and makeup – but ultimately, it's about resilience, how to get back up after a loss. And I think that's something we can all relate to."

"You know, books really do help us understand one another, help us consider perspectives we may not have thought about before, shatter stereotypes, spark important conversations about all kinds of issues and years of data suggest that reading fiction builds empathy, it helps us put ourselves in other's shoes," Clinton concluded.

Source: Daily Mail
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