By Kamala Harris
For our October pick in Between These Sheets book club, we decided to read Senator Kamala Harris’s book The Truths We Hold: An American Journey. We also used our book club meeting as an opportunity to rally the vote for the Biden/Harris campaign. The discussion we had in mid October, just a few weeks before the 2020 election, was engaging and exciting.
“When I was a little girl, my father wanted me to run free… I would take off, the wind in my face, with the feeling that I could do anything.”
Kamala Harris’s book offered great insights into her background and experiences that shape her views on America. She goes into great detail about her experiences serving as DA in San Francisco, as DA of California and during her first term as a United States Senator representing the state of California.
“I knew I was there for the victims. Both the victims of crimes committed and the victims of a broken criminal justice system. For me, to be a progressive prosecutor is to understand- and act on- this dichotomy… to look out for the overlooked, to speak up for those whose voices aren’t being heard, to see and address the causes of crime, not just their consequences, and to shine a light on the inequality and unfairness that lead to injustice.”
I really appreciated learning more about her personal journey. Ms. Harris used anecdotal stories from her lived experiences to better illustrate her points. This book was a relatable and easy read although it dealt with complex and important topics.
“I looked at him there, on one knee, and burst into tears. Mind you, these were not graceful Hollywood tears streaming down a glistening cheek. No, I’m talking about snorting and grunting, with mascara smudging my face.“
There were times that I felt Ms. Harris was not comfortable opening up about herself so personally. I was OK with this since I appreciated her serious tone and occasional personal story. I thought the book came together very nicely and is more important than ever.
“I talked about women’s issues, at least what I see as women’s issues: the economy, national security, health care, education, criminal justice reform, climate change.”
I eagerly hope to see Kamala Harris elected as the first female Vice President of the United States next week.
“The American people have not given up on the American Dream. I know this to be true. But when you can’t sleep at night, how can you dream?”
Review by Michele W.