... slender, often bold ... In some ways, this is not the typical memoir of a so-called political wife, which was also true of the blockbuster memoir by former first lady Michelle Obama ... Such memoirs are good news for those of us who’ve always known that women married to politicians are more complex than the stereotypes of political coverage and bad fiction ... She never mentions her husband’s decision to run for president this time or how she might feel about it. Perhaps the book went to press before she sorted out her thoughts about that. In the wake of her son’s death, she is a different mother, a different political spouse. Perhaps there is no explaining this time.
Throughout this memoir, the reader feels Biden’s fierce caring, yet independence ... It is clear this is a book of observations—how Biden views life, her children, her husband and the world ... a warm, lovely, and often remarkable story of one of the most popular second families in modern times.
Biden’s tone is conversational and partially confessional, an endearing quality. Through this personal disclosure, readers gain insight into the fortitude and courage it takes to be a woman with a career and a close-knit family, with the obligations that come with a life as the second lady ... Sincere and uplifting stories of being a mother, a wife, and a career woman while juggling the responsibilities of being the vice president’s wife.