Valerie Jarrett, Top Adviser to Obama, Signs Book Deal

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Valerie Jarrett, the most trusted woman in former President Barack Obama’s Cabinet, has signed a book deal. The former White House senior adviser’s untitled book is expected to combine personal history and civic advice.

“From her work on ensuring equity for women and girls, protecting civil rights, reforming our criminal justice system and protecting working families, Jarrett will share lessons about making change and her optimistic vision for what the future holds,” Viking said in its announcement, according to the Associated Press. “[It is] a story of history, biography, politics and activism—and will provide ideas about leadership and being a good citizen in the 21st century.”

Although it has not been disclosed how much Jarrett, 60, will make off the deal, it’s safe to assume that it’s a nice sum. The book is set to explore Jarrett’s rise to the White House and her 25-year-plus friendship with the Obamas.


“Jarrett was deputy chief of staff to Mayor Richard M. Daley and hired Michelle Robinson, then engaged to the future president. She later became chief executive officer of the Chicago-based Habitat Co. and chaired the board of the Chicago Stock Exchange, among numerous other positions,” the Associated Press reports.

“I don’t want to just tell my story,” the publisher quoted Jarrett as saying. “I want to share the experiences, life lessons and values that have shaped who I am and my ideas for the future.”

Read more at the Chicago Sun-Times.

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Valerie Jarrett is inspiring. Hands down. Can’t wait to read her book.