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"One of the most important voices of her generation." --Joy-Ann Reid "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 Ob "One of the most important voices of her generation." --Joy-Ann Reid "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.


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"One of the most important voices of her generation." --Joy-Ann Reid "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 Ob "One of the most important voices of her generation." --Joy-Ann Reid "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.

30 review for Moving Forward: A Story of Hope, Hard Work, and the Promise of America

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    I have seen Jean-Pierre on television so decided to learn more about her by reading her recently published memoir. Jean-Pierre was born in Martinique. Her parents were born and raised in Haiti. They immigrated to New York when she was young. She obtained a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University. She had a tough life growing up, but she does not get bogged down in it. The book focuses on hard work and determination to reach her goals in life. I had the feeling the book w I have seen Jean-Pierre on television so decided to learn more about her by reading her recently published memoir. Jean-Pierre was born in Martinique. Her parents were born and raised in Haiti. They immigrated to New York when she was young. She obtained a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University. She had a tough life growing up, but she does not get bogged down in it. The book focuses on hard work and determination to reach her goals in life. I had the feeling the book was written for young people providing advice and encouragement. She encourages young people to seek a career in politics. I read this book as an audiobook downloaded from Audible. The book is ten hours and eight minutes. Karine Jean-Pierre does a good job narrating her own book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    Karine Jean-Pierre is a very appealing personality with a very compelling story. The daughter of Haitian immigrants, Jean Pierre tells the story of growing up in a strict household with parents combating an unfair stigma of bigotry, particularly towards Haitians in New York City. Jean-Pierre is careful not to make this a story of racism, bigotry and hate but a story of what made her the person that she is. What molded her. Jean-Pierre's story is familiar to many, a young, driven, high achieving Karine Jean-Pierre is a very appealing personality with a very compelling story. The daughter of Haitian immigrants, Jean Pierre tells the story of growing up in a strict household with parents combating an unfair stigma of bigotry, particularly towards Haitians in New York City. Jean-Pierre is careful not to make this a story of racism, bigotry and hate but a story of what made her the person that she is. What molded her. Jean-Pierre's story is familiar to many, a young, driven, high achieving woman growing up trying to please her parents. In doing so, her journey led her to interesting places. I am a long time Jean-Pierre fan from her work on tv (MSNBC, CNN, FOX ect). In my view she exudes intelligence, warmth and competence. My admiration was cemented when at a televised political forum that she was cohosting, she put herself (a very tiny but strong woman) between a heckler who had somehow made it onto the stage and a political candidate. There was no physical violence but she had no way of knowing that at the time. That tale btw is not in the book. Jean-Pierre's journey is made more complicated by the fact that she is a lesbian. A stigma in the Haitian culture as well as the US. She's also an endurance runner which is something that inspires admiration. The nature of an endurance runner is someone who is disciplined, driven and use to suffering in order to achieve their goals. Jean-Pierre doesn't let anything stop her. She doesn't compromise who she is to be successful. I'm happy to say that after reading her story, I'm an even bigger fan. Though this is clearly geared toward a younger crowd, I found her memoir to be quite interesting and inspiring. 4+ Stars Listened to the audiobook. Karine Jean-Pierre narrated her book. It started off a bit stilted but by the end she was very good.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    Late bloomers this one is perfect for you.... Never give up hope as hope is the backbone behind the promise of America or is it?! I can relate to much of what Karine discussed in terms of constantly moving from one opportunity to the next in believing that one closed door is not a curse but a blessing. That notion that hard work gets you your place in line has always been a staple to the America we used to know and love. That moment of never losing sight of a goal when you may not have a goal set Late bloomers this one is perfect for you.... Never give up hope as hope is the backbone behind the promise of America or is it?! I can relate to much of what Karine discussed in terms of constantly moving from one opportunity to the next in believing that one closed door is not a curse but a blessing. That notion that hard work gets you your place in line has always been a staple to the America we used to know and love. That moment of never losing sight of a goal when you may not have a goal set in stone is courageous while not living a life of fear in expanding upon your horizons is to be applauded. My main problem is that the hiring process seems to gravitate towards the younger group, the college grads, with relocation in mind. For those of us with families who are older, fixed in finances, without relocation on menu, having been out of market longer than 6 months via long term unemployment we are often over looked for the lower wage workers who don't require the same benefits or requirements. Sadly in many areas nepotism in hiring along with corruption is the going rate these days. Secondly, it can't be overstated we all need that one person, that one shining light, that one who believes in us to help open certain doors. Connections, networking, flexibility, and wealth is all needed with flex schedules which is often at the expense of raising families or other commitments and or constraints. We as humans are meant to work together and not isolated and alone. While I'm currently locked into poverty I can relate to the idea of hard work, hope, perseverance as I welcome anyone to read my profile but my issue lies in the fact that many prospective employers tell you to 'dummy down on resumes' when your qualifications ,education, & experience make you overqualified. So the notion that you should expand in a variety of areas sounds nice but isn't realistic for everyone. Many of us suffer from our current state of the economy, the recession that for many of us never ended, the lack of high paying living wage and or full time employment opportunities and the day to day paycheck to paycheck survival mode required today. Those of us who haven't endured PTSD, trauma, abusive relationships are way ahead of the game which I empathize with her for coming forward to discuss her sexual abuse by her relative. What I can note is we all have a story to tell and I'm appreciative she was able to tell her own. While I've never heard of Karine Jean Pierre prior to this; I feel as though I know her on a more personal level as her thoughtful reflection was motivational and inspiring on many levels. Her acknowledging my tweet was also appreciative. She has had a rather interesting life professionally and personally and we can all take something away from it and use it toward the common good. With the current hateful atmosphere that is spewed from the highest office of the land I applaud her for wanting to have a call to action in not only voting but in getting involved at any level of government and politics. We all need to stay united and do our part. Having once married into politics and having a family deeply rooted in politics it's not for the faint of heart as you must be thick skinned and not let every action or inaction affect one's viewpoints reminding oneself of the reason why you are there. She has listed a group of those she follows and or admirers for anyone who wishes to become better acquainted with her inner circle. She has also told a story of a life of hard knocks, downfalls, dilemmas, and reality checks that many of us can relate too in some form or fashion. So with all this comes the notion if you just work hard enough, if you just put that good foot forward, if you just don't lose hope but life also throws us curves and that too is fine as long as everyday is used to stay on target as each new day is a blessing. Thank you to Karine her publisher and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for this honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chantale Onesi-Gonzalez

    As my first review on Net Galley, I am feeling a great deal of pressure to get this right, but Karine Jean-Pierre has made my job much less difficult with her lovely memoir. Moving Forward focuses on her childhood in Queens and the daily work that is required of the eldest child of an immigrant couple, her own journey to naturalized citizenship, and her subsequent lively political and media career. Sharing the same birth year I felt at one with Jean-Pierre as she traced her youth and early adulth As my first review on Net Galley, I am feeling a great deal of pressure to get this right, but Karine Jean-Pierre has made my job much less difficult with her lovely memoir. Moving Forward focuses on her childhood in Queens and the daily work that is required of the eldest child of an immigrant couple, her own journey to naturalized citizenship, and her subsequent lively political and media career. Sharing the same birth year I felt at one with Jean-Pierre as she traced her youth and early adulthood in the 1980s and 90s. She has a wonderful way with words and although our experiences are vastly different I was quite drawn in by the narrative. Her writing style helped me feel closer to her and the people in her universe. This is exactly what a good memoir should do. Jean-Pierre's retelling of aspects of her time in government, on various political campaigns and, ultimately, in the White House on the staff of President Obama, offers a clear and concise window into both the inner-workings of a campaign and the funny, sad, heart-wrenching, and joyous things that can happen along the way. It is by no means a comprehensive look at any one campaign, but the details she provided gave me just enough information to hold my continued interest. I also greatly appreciated the additional information she provided on media awareness and specific news sources, pundits, and reporters that she feels are worthy of a readers time. Jean-Pierre has written this book to be used as somewhat of a manual for future politicos, explaining how she navigated that space through a successful career, but it is still quite a wonderful read for those of us that want to be involved at a more local level or just participate through our votes. If you are looking for an interesting political memoir, Moving Forward is most definitely the book for you.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I enjoyed this one. In her foreward, Jean-Pierre says it's aimed at younger folks who may be considering a career in politics, but there's plenty for us older folks whose windows of opportunity are not wide open. Sometimes I wish I hadn't been such a late bloomer professionally, because I could have gone in a lot of interesting directions—politics being one of them, maybe. Not that I have any issues with what I'm doing now, but at almost 56 there are a lot of cool options that I'm just not going I enjoyed this one. In her foreward, Jean-Pierre says it's aimed at younger folks who may be considering a career in politics, but there's plenty for us older folks whose windows of opportunity are not wide open. Sometimes I wish I hadn't been such a late bloomer professionally, because I could have gone in a lot of interesting directions—politics being one of them, maybe. Not that I have any issues with what I'm doing now, but at almost 56 there are a lot of cool options that I'm just not going to have a chance to try out, and Jean-Pierre's enthusiasm for what she does made me a little wistful. Her personality shines through in her writing, and I'm looking forward to doing this panel with her on it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nann

    A breath of fresh air in the political memoir genre!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    When it is hot as heck outside and there is nothing cool to do but reading as everything else makes you end up a sweaty mess, it is the perfect day for a speed reader. I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. Most political origin stories have the same backbone. A bright young per When it is hot as heck outside and there is nothing cool to do but reading as everything else makes you end up a sweaty mess, it is the perfect day for a speed reader. I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. 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 mould. 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. First off, I had to look up who exactly the author is - (per Wikipedia) "Karine Jean-Pierre is a Haitian-American political campaign organizer, activist, political commentator, and lecturer in international and public affairs at Columbia University. She is the senior advisor and national spokeswoman for MoveOn.org and a political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. MoveOn is a progressive public policy advocacy group and political action committee. Formed in 1998 in response to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton by the U.S. House of Representatives, MoveOn.org has raised millions of dollars for liberal candidates in the United States of America." I expected more from this book - when I looked I saw that Miss Jean-Pierre's twitter feed has exploded lately with the racism comments on TV in regards to the POTUS and other US politicians. (This problem is not unique to the USA, trust me.) The book was just ... middling. It did not capture my attention which made no sense given its hot-button topics so I just skimmed through it. So, it may be for you, it may not --- ergo, a middle-of-the-road 2.5 stars rounded up to 3. (and tht is being generous!)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte Jones

    Since the 2016 election of Donald Trump, I have been plugged into American politics; whether it be reading countless books on the topic, watching American news shows, or reading British coverage of the happenings, I'm fascinated. Karine Jean-Pierre is one of the faces I've seen across the coverage so when I saw she had a book out I was intrigued to learn more about her story. A Haitian gay black woman in today's America, Karine gives insight into an upbringing very different from my own. She delv Since the 2016 election of Donald Trump, I have been plugged into American politics; whether it be reading countless books on the topic, watching American news shows, or reading British coverage of the happenings, I'm fascinated. Karine Jean-Pierre is one of the faces I've seen across the coverage so when I saw she had a book out I was intrigued to learn more about her story. A Haitian gay black woman in today's America, Karine gives insight into an upbringing very different from my own. She delves into the secrecy perpetuated in Haitian culture, stigma surrounding mental health issues, the problem with affiliating yourself with a political candidate and much more. For the most part, my attention was grabbed and I needed to learn more about the idea of canvassing and campaigning for a particular candidate. This was particularly interesting when it came to the portions about Obama. However, there were a few things that lowered my opinion of this book and the first one was the medium itself. I listened to Move Forward on audiobook and unfortunately, despite the author's eloquence on television, I found the narration to be stilted with odd pauses in the middle of sentences. Also there are some tough topics discussed including suicide, sexual violence and sexual abuse and I felt that these were handled quite clumsily. Of course it is Karine Jean-Pierre's story so it is hers to tell, but I felt like these topics came up out of the blue and were spoken about in such a matter of fact way that it was difficult to concentrate for a few minutes after each of these sections. I'm glad that she was honest about difficulties in her life but I feel that some people may be triggered by the way they were presented. Overall, I sped through this book and it gave me a real insight into the life of Karine Jean-Pierre. If you are interested in American politics and are familiar with the author's television appearances, you may enjoy it but I feel that it would be better read on the page rather than listened to. 3 out of 5 stars!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Barred Owl Books

    “One of the most important voices of her generation.” —Joy-Ann Reid “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 “One of the most important voices of her generation.” —Joy-Ann Reid “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.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    It was refreshing to hear (I read the audiobook) this author in her words and inflections of her story and her ascent to a successful but, more importantly, fulfilling career in politics. This book is both autobiography and self help. Jean-pierre’s own story of being from an immigrant Haitian family who relocated from Haiti, to Martinique, to France then settling in Long Island and the socio economic challenges that that entailed (and sexuality- which is not a main theme) alone is compelling. He It was refreshing to hear (I read the audiobook) this author in her words and inflections of her story and her ascent to a successful but, more importantly, fulfilling career in politics. This book is both autobiography and self help. Jean-pierre’s own story of being from an immigrant Haitian family who relocated from Haiti, to Martinique, to France then settling in Long Island and the socio economic challenges that that entailed (and sexuality- which is not a main theme) alone is compelling. Her late start in her ultimate career path in politics is inspiring for an even later bloomer like me. I’m not comparing this to Michelle O’s “Becoming,” but the personal struggles and path into the political arena as well as self discovery are similar themes in both. ....I loved “Becoming” so this was right up my alley. I regret missing her speak at a recent event I was invited to. Had I read this book, I would have loved to meet her.

  11. 4 out of 5

    B

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I have been very impressed with the author’s appearances on The NewsHour so brought this book home from the library shelf where I first saw it. Her young life is inspiring with stories of her hard working Haitian immigrant parents, struggling to make a good life in New York to her later years where she is searching to find a motivational career for herself as well as a happy home as partner and mother. She includes, in the end, lists of news people and shows that she admires and follows. In many I have been very impressed with the author’s appearances on The NewsHour so brought this book home from the library shelf where I first saw it. Her young life is inspiring with stories of her hard working Haitian immigrant parents, struggling to make a good life in New York to her later years where she is searching to find a motivational career for herself as well as a happy home as partner and mother. She includes, in the end, lists of news people and shows that she admires and follows. In many ways this book was written for younger people that are looking to enter politics and/or media to make a difference with plenty of tips on how to network, etc but I found it interesting too as a retired person..

  12. 5 out of 5

    Madeline Sharples

    Moving Forward: A Story of Hope, Hard Work, and the Promise of America should be a required textbook for anyone, and women in particular, who want to work in politics from the local level on up. Karine’s anecdotes about famous political figures, hot tips about working in politics and broadcasting, memories of growing up as a Haitian immigrant, tales of her college days, and her descriptions of living as a black gay woman with a partner and little girl kept me riveted and only wishing I were much Moving Forward: A Story of Hope, Hard Work, and the Promise of America should be a required textbook for anyone, and women in particular, who want to work in politics from the local level on up. Karine’s anecdotes about famous political figures, hot tips about working in politics and broadcasting, memories of growing up as a Haitian immigrant, tales of her college days, and her descriptions of living as a black gay woman with a partner and little girl kept me riveted and only wishing I were much younger so I could partake of her good advice. My only question for her now is: why aren’t you running for office yourself rather than using your political expertise to help others fulfill their political dreams?

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tricia Sean

    This book was part political how to book and part memoir. The memoir part was a 5 star read. The political how to part was slightly wanting and although I find it a must read for High Schoolers and college students today, it was lacking for a former political science major. I read it as an ARC giveaway and I definately want my 19 year old college sophomore daughter to read it. I enjoyed it and I'm a fan of Jean-Pierre from seeing her on AM Joy and respect her work. I rate it a 3.5 (round to a 4)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me an advance copy in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 stars. I always like watching KJP on AM Joy so I was very interested to read this. However, I didn't feel the text captured how dynamic she seems on TV. Instead, it seemed stilted, not at all like I expect KJP would seem telling her story in speech. Still, I really enjoyed the family stories, particularly how her parents and she and her siblings grew up. Not quite what I expected but a dec Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me an advance copy in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 stars. I always like watching KJP on AM Joy so I was very interested to read this. However, I didn't feel the text captured how dynamic she seems on TV. Instead, it seemed stilted, not at all like I expect KJP would seem telling her story in speech. Still, I really enjoyed the family stories, particularly how her parents and she and her siblings grew up. Not quite what I expected but a decent read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    While interesting (and completely in line with my political sensibilities), Moving Forward: A Story of Hope, Hard Work, and the Promise of America just didn't capture my imagination or my heart the way I'd hoped it would. I appreciated the supporting materials - especially the recommendations of Twitter feeds and books. While interesting (and completely in line with my political sensibilities), Moving Forward: A Story of Hope, Hard Work, and the Promise of America just didn't capture my imagination or my heart the way I'd hoped it would. I appreciated the supporting materials - especially the recommendations of Twitter feeds and books.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    3.5 stars. I read this book because I really like Karine when I see her on news shows like PBS and MSNBC. I enjoyed learning about her life and how she got to where she is and learning about some of the behind the scenes issues someone like her deals with. The book was written a little simplistically for my taste, and there was a lot of info that people with less knowledge than me would find useful, but that I found unnecessary. And her writing style was a bit simplistic for my taste. My younger 3.5 stars. I read this book because I really like Karine when I see her on news shows like PBS and MSNBC. I enjoyed learning about her life and how she got to where she is and learning about some of the behind the scenes issues someone like her deals with. The book was written a little simplistically for my taste, and there was a lot of info that people with less knowledge than me would find useful, but that I found unnecessary. And her writing style was a bit simplistic for my taste. My younger self would have given the book 5 stars.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Coffy

    Since I found out that she is Kamala’s chief of staff, I wanted to learn more about her, especially since she is of Haitian background. I liked the personal details that she provided and there was a lot I could relate to since my parents are Haitian. However, there would be choppy places in the book where It would be flowing but her interjections would mess up the connection or she would come across as way to “preachy” in some ways. It was interesting to read about her experience in politics and Since I found out that she is Kamala’s chief of staff, I wanted to learn more about her, especially since she is of Haitian background. I liked the personal details that she provided and there was a lot I could relate to since my parents are Haitian. However, there would be choppy places in the book where It would be flowing but her interjections would mess up the connection or she would come across as way to “preachy” in some ways. It was interesting to read about her experience in politics and I do think people can learn from it a bit.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    An intriguing memoir. I was not familiar with Karine Jean-Pierre before reading this but I plan to look for her now. To be fair, she's not the only child of immigrants to become deeply involved in politics but her story is unique in its way. It was the family stories more than the politics I found most interesting. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. This would be a good YA read- inspirational and educational.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shannan Harper

    I've never heard of the author until i saw her book. I thought it was very inspirational some of the things she went through, from her beginnings on a small island to working on the campaign of the first black president of the Untied States. It was a very good book and gave good insights on what can happen when you are able to work hard despite your beginnings. I received a copy of this book for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own

  20. 5 out of 5

    Arianna

    This book weaves Jean-Pierre's personal story with the lessons she has learned to make her way through the fields of politics and journalism. A child of two Haitian immigrants, her story truly feels like one many could follow. Her optimism and determination to fight in the wake of the 2016 election was inspiring because I find myself feeling more despondent than ever. Book serves as both a helpful guide and an enlightening memoir.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Terrance Stroud

    Moving forward is a must read that will reaffirm your belief in the America Dream. Karine-Jean Pierre's dynamic memoir tells the story of a Caribbean American woman who has become a force in the political, progressive and media world. I love watching her on TV but I love her book even more. Moving forward is a perfect holiday gift for anyone who dares to dream BIG!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alexi Reed

    This was a very inspiring book! As someone who's really confused during this time of an interesting administration, it made me feel motivated and that hope is not lost. It was also reassuring to see that she changed her career path from pre-med to politics and ended up in the White House. If you're looking for an easy, motivating read, I would definitely read this book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Pat

    Karine writes about being lonely, shy, gay and about her Hatian family’s struggles in the USA. She writes encouragingly about surviving failures and about success. She writes about politics in a way that young people can understand and she tells them how they can become involved and make a difference. This was a good 3 1/2 - 4 star read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    3.5 but I'm rounding up. Jean-Pierre's writing can be clunky, but I believe she is writing to reach a wide range of readers. Her life has been interesting and she pounds away at my core belief: people are everything, networking is everything.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    I always have enjoyed seeing Karine Jean Pierre as a commentator on MSNBC. Taking this journey in Moving Forward to learn about her story as a Haitian-American woman and her ability to confidently navigate a career in public policy/campaigns/TV only adds to my love of her fresh perspective.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Patricia A. Korol

    Optomistic An insider's knowledge and insight helps to make sense of the up is down political story. Karine Jean-Pierre is a bright spirit shining her light into a dark period of our country 's history.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Edema

    Karine Jean-Pierre's memoir is inspiring. Her personal story is riveting and her plan for how we can all be part of America shows the importance of all stories and voices. I heard her voice as I read the book. She feels like a good friend. A friend who makes me want to be a better citizen.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Pete Stoppani

    The bio parts are interesting but most of the book is about politics since about 2008 which are well-covered but repetitive for anyone that has kept up. For anyone else, it’s a good skimmer to extract the bio bits .

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amma

    I was not sure what to expect when I first picked up a copy of Karine's book. But I was pulled in from the very first page. Her story, just like most immigrant stories (I'm Ghanaian), is engaging and inspiring. It is well-written and simply down to earth.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mary Carter

    I enjoyed reading about a TV spokes person that I admired. Karine had more than a few challenging experiences to plough through, but she persevered. She was overwhelmed and tried to end her life. Now she is grounded in family and political service to the voiceless.

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