Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has signed a deal with Harper to write a book about “her experiences and those of her family during and immediately after World War II, drawing on her own memories, her parents’ written reflections, interviews with contemporaries, and other primary source materials.” The book will be called While I Was Growing Up.
Albright has already published one memoir, Madam Secretary, in 2003. Her other books include The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs; Memo to the President Elect: How We Can Restore America’s Reputation and Leadership; and Read My Pins, which BookPage reviewer Lacey Galbraith called “a fascinating and bejeweled look at America, and American foreign policy.” (On a related note, my mother absolutely raved about the Albright pin exhibit at the Clinton Library in Little Rock, so see it if you have a chance; right now it’s at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.)
As a native Arkansan, I paid particular attention to the Clinton Administration even when I was in elementary school, and I have long admired Albright—not least of all because we are alumnae of the same college. Madam Secretary was both revealing and gossipy (important traits in a memoir, huh?), and I look forward to this new chapter.
What about you?