How to Write a Book That Won’t Get Published is the third installment in our series of blog posts highlighting some of the most interesting and important stories that have happened in politics over the past year.
For this installment, we’ll look at the new book by former Obama administration aide Valerie Jarrett that is the subject of her memoir.
Jarrett’s book, In the Balance: A Life in Politics, is set to be published in November by HarperCollins.
Jarrett is one of many former Obama Administration officials who are making a comeback, but this one is different because of the story she told in the book.
Jarrett writes about how her life in Washington was shaped by her time as a young lawyer at the Department of Justice, and how her time in the White House changed her.
As Jarrett writes in the chapter titled “The Rise and Fall of Valerie Jarrett,” it wasn’t always smooth sailing for Jarrett after she left the DOJ.
Jarrett recounts a series of meetings in which she was asked to meet with top administration officials.
“As I approached the door, I noticed that one of them was staring straight ahead at a piece of paper,” she writes.
“I was struck that this was the very first time I had ever seen that person, and I felt like it was only because he was so focused on the meeting that he had not noticed that I was also there.”
The former Justice Department official, who left the government in 2008, says she realized “how little control I had over how people treated me in the office.”
When she was still a lawyer at DOJ, Jarrett wrote, she would sometimes sit across from the President in his Oval Office and listen as he spoke.
“This was not a pleasant experience,” she wrote.
“It felt as if I was watching the President make a mockery of the First Amendment.
It was not pleasant at all.
I was so embarrassed and felt like my dignity was under attack.”
Jarrett writes that this experience led to her leaving the Department.
But she did not let it stop her from doing her job.
“The only reason I stayed was because I had to make sure that the President was aware of my political beliefs,” she said in the essay.
“In doing so, I also wanted to make clear to the President that I would always work for him, not against him.”
Jarrett says she was told that it was “the President’s prerogative to tell me who he thought were good people and bad people and how I should be treated.
But that wasn’t what I was told.
I heard that it didn’t matter how I worked, what I did, or what I wrote.
He would just say, ‘Go on, do your job.'”
Jarrett’s memoir is titled In the Circular, and it details her experience working in the Obama White House, including her interactions with Obama’s son, Barack.
Jarrett says the book is “full of personal anecdotes” and that she has tried to make the book as personal as possible.
She said in an interview with The Washington Post that her father “was never a political operative,” but was more “an ideological and political operative” and “he wanted me to be as much of an ideological, political operative as possible.”
Jarrett describes how her political activism was a “constant, constant process.”
When asked if she ever felt like she had to conform to the political line of her father, she said “no.”
She added that she did try to “show a certain amount of support for him” as she moved through her career.
Jarrett said that the only time she felt that she was ever pushed aside was when she was in the final stages of her career as an attorney at the DOJ when she left in 2016.
“You see the President, he wants to have it both ways,” Jarrett writes.
The book is written in a way that it “can be read at any time and be completely honest and true to yourself.”
Jarrett, who is now a legal scholar at the University of Chicago Law School, is one example of someone who has been able to write about her experiences in the current political climate.
She says she is “really proud” of the book, and hopes it will inspire others to write their own memoirs about their time in Washington.
“If people want to write that memoir, I’m going to write it,” Jarrett said in a statement.