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“A useful roadmap for all of us about how to make a difference.” —David Axelrod
“Moving Forward will inspire you.” —Valerie Jarrett
An inspiring political memoir from Karine Jean-Pierre, Chief Public Affairs Officer for MoveOn, chronicling her path from New York’s Haitian community to working in the Obama White House, and offering a blueprint for anyone who wants to change the face of politics.
Most political origin stories have the same backbone. A bright young person starts reading the Washington Post in elementary school. She skips school to see a presidential candidate. In middle school she canvasses door-to-door. The story can be intimidating. It reinforces the feeling that politics is a closed system: if you weren’t participating in debate club, the Young Democrats and Model UN you have no chance.
Karine Jean-Pierre’s story breaks the mold. In Moving Forward, she tells how she got involved, showing how politics can be accessible to anyone, no matter their background. In today’s political climate, the need for all of us to participate has never been more crucial. This book is her call to arms for those who know that now is the time for us to act.
“Accessible, smart, and powerful.”
—Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW
“In Moving Forward, Karine Jean-Pierre shares her inspiring personal story and offers a useful roadmap for all of us about how to make a difference in this big, bustling democracy.”
—David Axelrod, former senior advisor to President Obama and a CNN Senior Political Commentator
“Moving Forward arrives at a moment when inspiration, insight, and optimism are in short supply. Karine Jean-Pierre delivers all three in abundance. Her advice resonates across differences with a single, necessary command: Move Forward. With Karine’s book as our guide, we absolutely can.”
—Stacey Abrams, author of Lead from the Outside
"If your idea of political power is a bunch of old seen-it-all cynics playing an inside game, Moving Forward will inspire you to believe every voice has the potential to be a might force for good. The poignantly honest story of Karine Jean-Pierre’s journey proves that despite formidable obstacles, and profound disappointments, a talented new voice can develop the strength and resilience to thrive and become a force for good who serves as a role model for the next generation of leaders. Looking for hope? Looking for inspiration? You’ll find them here within this remarkable story."
—Valerie Jarrett, former senior advisor to President Obama and author of Finding My Voice
“Karine Jean-Pierre is one of the most important voices of her generation. Her story is the very essence of the American story. This powerful narrative will teach you about strength, courage and determination, reaffirm your faith in our immigrant nation, and have you saying ‘yes she can!’ It will also teach you how you can get involved in helping America live up to its ideals.”
—Joy-Ann Reid, author and host of MSNBC's AM-Joy
“Karine Jean-Pierre’s Moving Forward gives us an astute and insightful look at both a remarkable political journey and an inspiring life. Part memoir, part instruction manual, this is one of those books that will become indispensable in helping us make sense of the long election cycle ahead, and beyond.”
—Edwidge Danticat, author of Brother, I’m Dying
"Karine Jean-Pierre is at once a committed citizen and a remarkable human being. Moving Forward is not only a field guide for those who would transform our politics but also a manual for living a virtuous and warm-hearted life. This book should be read by political junkies, of course, but also by anyone who appreciates a moving and honest story about the struggles and triumphs of a first-generation American. Jean-Pierre will teach you a lot about elections and movements, and just as much about personal growth and character."
—E. J. Dionne Jr., author of One Nation After Trump
“Karine Jean-Pierre’s new book, Moving Forward, inspires us to re-engage in the struggle for an enduring and just society with a fresh voice that is crucial at this crossroads in American leadership. A child of Haitian immigrants who rose to serve in the Obama White House, her story, while both unique and representative of our ideals, will fill you with hope.”
—David N. Dinkins, 106th Mayor, City of New York