Government Girl: Young and Female in the White House

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Harper Collins, Jan 19, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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"A delightful page-turner…that will put the lucky reader within the feverish excitement of a hopeful and tragic time.”

—Andrei Codrescu, NPR commentator and author of The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara and Lenin Play Chess

A memoir of being young and female in the Clinton White House

Stacy Parker Aab was born in Detroit in 1974, the only daughter of a white Kansas farm girl and a young black Detroiter fresh from two tours of Vietnam. An excellent student, Aab gravitated toward public service and moved to Washington, D.C., for college in the hopeful days of 1992.

Not only would Aab study political communication at The George Washington University, but she would also intern at the White House. For three years, she worked for George Stephanopoulos. In 1997 she became White House staff, serving as Paul Begala's special assistant.

At first, life was charmed, with nurturing mentors, superstar politicos, and handsome Secret Service agents. In January 1998, the world of the Clinton White House changed radically. Monica Lewinsky became a household name, and Aab learned quickly that in Washington, protectors can become predators, investigators will chase you like prey, and if you make mistakes with a powerful man, the world will turn your name into mud.

Government Girl is a window into the culture of the Clinton White House, as seen through the eyes of an idealistic young female aide. Stacy Parker Aab's intimate memoir tells of her coming-of-age in the lion's den. Her story provides a searing look at the dynamics between smart young women and the influential older men who often hold the keys to their dreams.

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GOVERNMENT GIRL: Young and Female in the White House

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This memoir by a first-time author aims to rescue the phrase "White House intern" from infamy—not an easy task since Monica Lewinsky.Huffington Post contributor Aab largely succeeds by relating her ... Read full review

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Heard the author interviewed on NPR and was intrigued by the two scenarios she portrayed- Bill Clinton hugging her a little too long and tightly on a veranda (a year and a half after Monica)and Vernon ... Read full review


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About the author (2010)

Stacy Parker Aab has written political and social commentary for The Huffington Post and, and served as the primary contributor to Voices from the Storm: The People of New Orleans on Hurricane Katrina and Its Aftermath. She continues to work on Katrina-related research projects.

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