Forgetting to be Afraid : A Memoir

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On the 26 June 2013, Texas state senator Wendy Davis became an overnight political sensation and a hero to womens' rights supporters across the country. Davis stood and spoke on the floor of the state legislature for nearly 11 hours to run out the clock on a sweeping bill that aimed to close all but five abortion clinics in Texas. Now, Davis is making a serious run to become the first Democratic governor of Texas in nearly two decades. With her singular narrative and tremendously exciting political future, this is bound to be the political memoir of the year.

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"It's very good... an important contribution not only to understanding Wendy Davis but to where we are right now." -Rachel Maddow "I'm a Republican...but I can still love the book and be moved by an inspirational story." -Joe Scarborough "The memoir by the Democratic Texas gubernatorial candidate, "Forgetting to be Afraid," includes more eyebrow-raising passages than most political memoirs allow....Real in a way that eclipses politics. For a few pages, Davis strips the abortion issue of its political trappings and focus-grouped talking points. She removes it from the realm of bumper stickers and legislative floor debates....We see it for what it is, with all its nuance. And we see it for what it is not - simple." - "The Houston Chronicle" "In a new memoir ...Ms. Davis has reinforced the wisdom of letting women sort out their medical options. Sort out "independently."" - "The New York Times" "Texas gubernatorial candidate Davis delivers a political biography that is better--in part because it's better written, in part because it's more heartfelt--than most books of its kind....She's good at writing, too, and her closing account of that famed filibuster is a dramatic, textbook case of how to play hardball. Doubtless we'll be hearing more from Davis. This modest memoir makes it clear why even her opponents should pay attention to her." "- Kirkus Reviews" "Tremendously proud of Wendy Davis for telling her story - and fighting on behalf of Texas women every day." - Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America

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Wendy Davis is the Democratic candidate for governor in Texas. She represents Fort Worth and surrounding cities in the Texas senate and previously served on the Fort Worth City Council. In June 2013 she held an historic filibuster to block legislation that would create harsh abortion restrictions on Texas women.

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