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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Hillary Rodham Clinton  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult; Children;

Born: October 26, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Hillary Diane Rodham was born at Edgewater Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. She was raised first in Chicago, and from the age of three, in suburban Park Ridge, Illinois until she went to college.

Biographical and Professional Information

Clinton is the 2016 Democratic Nominee for President of the United States. She was the 67th United States Secretary of State, serving in the administration of President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2013and a United States Senator from New York from 2001 to 2009. As the wife of Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, she was the First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001. She was a leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in the 2008 election.Clinton became the first female chair of the Legal Services Corporation in 1978, having been appointed by President Jimmy Carter. She was later named the first female partner at Rose Law Firm in 1979. After moving to New York, Clinton was elected as the first female senator to represent New York State in 2000. That election marked the first time an American First Lady had run for public office.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

It Takes a Village, and Other Lessons Children Teach Us
ISBN: 0684818434

Simon & Schuster. 1996

The First Lady shares her observations on the needs of children and families in the modern, fragmented, fast-paced world and explores diverse ways in which we can improve family and community life. 500,000 first printing. $125,000 ad/promo.

Dear Socks, Dear Buddy: Kids' Letters to the First Pets
ISBN: 0684857782

Simon & Schuster. 1998

In a world dominated by video games, voice mail, and television, it's easy to overlook the importance of the written word. If one very important thing parents can do to help their children learn is read to them, then encouraging them to write must run a close second. What better -- and more rewarding -- way to teach a child these invaluable communication skills than through letter writing?
In her warm and engaging text, Mrs. Clinton suggests ways parents can help their children initiate and enjoy the experience of writing and receiving letters, sharing her family's (and pets') experience, and explains how letters to Socks and Buddy are received, sorted, and answered at the U.S. Soldiers' and Airmen's Home. Mrs. Clinton gives a brief "pet history" of the White House, from Dolley Madison's parrot and Teddy Roosevelt's children's menagerie to the Bushes' English springer spaniel Millie. She also talks about the ways Socks and Buddy participate in White House life, such as greeting guests and visiting hospitals and nursing homes. Fans of the First Pets will be delighted by a section on their vital statistics (Socks' tail length: 1 foot Buddy's snout length: 5 inches) and answers to the questions most asked by correspondents ("Do you have room service?").
In Dear Socks, Dear Buddy, Mrs. Clinton also shares more than fifty letters children have sent the nation's First Pets, from a simple request for a "paw-tograph" to more exacting notes of good wishes ("I want to give you a big heart, as big as the whole world") and generous advice ("Just because they went on a trip and didn't take you doesn't mean they don't love you any more"). Illustrated with more than eighty photographs of Socks and Buddy on the job and at play in the White House, this book will inspire children to share their ideas and wishes through writing.

An Invitation To The White House : At Home With History
ISBN: 0684857995

Simon & Schuster. 2000

The First Lady opens the White House doors and beckons readers to come in and celebrate the rich history, culture, and food of this great house, in a lavishly illustrated volume that captures the significance of the White House in American life. 150,000 first printing.

Living History
ISBN: 0747255156

Headline Book Publishing Ltd. 2003

Living History is Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2003 memoir of life through the White House years, and her chronicle of living history with Bill Clinton.

Hard Choices
ISBN: 1476751471

Simon & Schuster. 2015

2016 Democratic Nominee for President of the United States

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s inside look at the choices and challenges she has faced is “a subtle, finely calibrated work…with succinct and often shrewd appraisals of the complex web of political, economic, and historical forces in play around the world” (The New York Times).

In the aftermath of her 2008 presidential run, Hillary Rodham Clinton expected to return to the United States Senate. To her surprise, newly elected President Barack Obama asked her to serve in his administration as Secretary of State. “Hard Choices is a richly detailed and compelling chronicle of Clinton’s role in the foreign initiatives and crises that defined the first term of the Obama administration…it teems with small, entertaining details about her interactions with foreign leaders (Los Angeles Times).

Secretary Clinton and President Obama had to decide how to repair fractured alliances, wind down two wars, and address a global financial crisis. Along the way, they grappled with tough dilemmas, especially the decision to send Americans into harm’s way, from Afghanistan to Libya to the hunt for Osama bin Laden. By the end of her tenure, Secretary Clinton had gained a truly global perspective on the major trends reshaping today’s landscape.

In Hard Choices, “a rich and lively narrative” (Entertainment Weekly), Hillary Clinton offers her views on what it will take for the United States to compete and thrive. This “memoir is serious, sober, and substantive” (The New York Times Book Review).



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