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Valerie Jarrett has had a long, varied career in politics and public service. LJ Reviews says: Jarrett (former senior adviser to President Barack Obama) reflects on her life and working in the Obama White House. A high achiever, Jarrett strived to "have it all" and planned her life accordingly. After her marriage ended, the author regrouped and focused on the work and relationships that fulfilled her. While employed for the City of Chicago, she hired Michelle Obama and became close friends with both Michelle and Barack, eventually advising Barack on his Senate and presidential campaigns. As a senior advisor in his administration, Jarrett provided recommendations on women's issues and served as a communication conduit for outsiders to the president. Here, she recounts key events including the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality, and the Charleston shooting. Readers of Michelle Obama's Becoming may recognize a few scenes, but those hoping for insider gossip will be disappointed. Jarrett further reflects on the ways in which race, motherhood, and privilege impacted her experiences and outlook. VERDICT An earnest, relatable account from a woman who truly wants to make a difference. [