Finding My Way
A Memoir of Family, Identity, and Political Ambition
by Robin F. Schepper
Send NetGalley books directly to your Kindle or Kindle app
To read on a Kindle or Kindle app, please add email@example.com as an approved email address to receive files in your Amazon account. Click here for step-by-step instructions.
Also find your Kindle email address within your Amazon account, and enter it here.
Pub Date 18 Apr 2023 | Archive Date 17 Apr 2023
A deeply personal memoir about finding family and belonging from White House staffer Robin F. Schepper.
Growing up torn between her single Pan Am–stewardess mom and brothel-owning grandmother in 1960s New York City, Robin F. Schepper never imagined that she’d one day have an office in the East Wing of the White House. Her childhood in a German American neighborhood on the Upper East Side was peppered with half-truths, from the family secrets surrounding her grandmother’s immigration to deceptions about her biological father.
In a world of self-absorbed adults, Robin largely raised herself: she secured a scholarship to a prestigious private school and worked several jobs as a teenager to pay her own living expenses before finally escaping to California for college. Street-smart and undeniably driven, once in the professional world Robin quickly ascended in the male-dominated political sphere, traveling the globe while being subjected to sexual harassment and assaults that echoed obstacles her mother and grandmother had faced. Through it all, Robin searched for her biological father. She felt that if she could understand why he abandoned her, she could free herself from secrets, lies, and shame.
Robin eventually ascended to work for the First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama and, in the meantime, created her own family by adopting two sons from Kazakhstan. Intimate and captivating, Finding My Way follows an ambitious woman who reached the highest pinnacles of a political career while simultaneously fulfilling her own quest to heal from family trauma and discover her true identity.
A Note From the Publisher
If you would like to leave a review on Amazon, please use this link: https://www.amazon.com/Finding-My-Way-Identity-Political/dp/195485496X/
“I couldn’t put it down. Robin Schepper’s life story weaves a personal history of growing up in New York City in the 1970s, a lifetime [spent] searching for her biological father until Ancestry.com and 23andMe provided her with answers, and [a career] at the highest level of American politics, breaking down barriers for women in that field for my generation.” —Sweta Chakraborty, president, US operations, of We Don’t Have Time and climate behavioral scientist
“Finding My Way is more than a book. It is storytelling from an author who brings readers into her closest circle of friends, sharing the details of her life that [give her] questions, challenge her values, and demonstrate her capacity to achieve and willingness to love in spite of the obstacles in her path from her earliest days of childhood. Schepper trusts her readers with her story the way so many . . . in her family, community, and profession have trusted her. We’re all the better for knowing her story and will be less fearful of our own because of her courage.” —Kiki McLean, public affairs and political strategist
“Written with gravitas, the memoir Finding My Way is about leading a purposeful life and imparting knowledge with dignity and honesty.” —Clarion Reviews
Prepublication buzz and digital advertising campaign on social media
Outreach to book trade and top-tier media outlets
Local and national events to tie into author’s existing travel schedule in Steamboat Springs, CO, Denver, CO, Seattle, WA, New York City, and Washington, D. C.
Digital galley distribution on Edelweiss and NetGalley
Goodreads/Listopia placement and giveaway listed around publication
Average rating from 4 members
this was a really well done memoir, it was engaging and I was invested in the story that was told. There was never a moment where I was bored. It had a great writing style and I appreciated how honest the journey was. I really enjoyed reading this as it was so well done and knew how to tell a story.
Readers who liked this book also liked:
Erin S. Evan
Rhys Bowen; Clare Broyles
C. J. Tudor
Erin E. Adams