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Review | Where the Light Enters

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Where the Light Enters by Jill Biden
Flatiron Books, 2019
Non-Fiction
210 pages
5/5 Stars

GoodReads Synopsis

An intimate look at the love that built the Biden family and the delicate balancing act of the woman at its center.

“How did you get this number?” Those were the first words Jill Biden spoke to U.S. senator Joe Biden when he called her out of the blue to ask her on a date.

Growing up, Jill had wanted two things: a marriage like her parents’ – strong, loving, and full of laughter – and a career. An early heartbreak had left her uncertain about love, until she met Joe. But as they grew closer, Jill faced difficult questions: How would politics shape her family and professional life? And was she ready to become a mother to Joe’s two young sons?

She soon found herself falling in love with her three “boys,” learning to balance life as a mother, wife, educator, and political spouse. Through the challenges of public scrutiny, complicated family dynamics, and personal losses, she grew alongside her family, and she extended the family circle at every turn: with her students, military families, friends and staff at the White House, and more.

This is the story of how Jill built a family – and a life – of her own. From the pranks she played to keep everyone laughing to the traditions she formed that would carry them through tragedy, hers is the spirited journey of a woman embracing many roles.

‘WHERE THE LIGHT ENTERS’ is a candid, heartwarming glimpse into the creation of a beloved American family, and the life of a woman at its center.

Review:

I got this book a few weeks ago when Audible was having a 2-for-1 sale on select books. I voted for Biden, though I’m not his biggest fan (Being on TikTok over the summer pretty much turned me into a complete Leftist.) and I didn’t know anything about Jill Biden besides that she’s a teacher. And what that one scene of Leslie and Ben going to the White House to play Charades with Joe and Jill showed in Parks and Rec.

So, all I knew about Jill Biden was that she was a teacher, and that she thought Leslie Knope was too competitive.

Jill is an extraordinary woman. Her story follows her from her family background and childhood to her rebellious teenaged years (which to her time as the Second Lady of the United States being a rebellious teenager (which was my favorite thing, honestly) to the Second Lady (This was written before the 2020 election!) of the United States. It shows how she and Joe met (which might be my all-time favorite meet-cute, oh my God.) and how she became a mother to his sons (Fun fact, Joe proposed FIVE times before Jill agreed to marry him.)

I loved how this book was written, and since I listened to it on Audible, I got to hear Jill her story herself. I learned so much about her, Joe, and the rest of the Biden family (If a Biden is reading this, please adopt me.). She is down to earth, and takes her jobs as mother, grandmother, teacher, wife, and Second Lady very seriously. But never ever reluctantly. The way that she speaks of the work that she does, and the way she speaks about her family shows how much she loves all of it, despite the difficulties she experiences attimes.

This book is a beautiful story of how The Bidens we see in the White House became a family. It’s a story of loss and grief, of new beginnings, of faith, but mostly of love.

Recommended For: Anyone who voted for Biden and people who love stories of close and loving families.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Top 5 Daily Podcasts to Keep Up to Date with What’s Going On.

One thing that has consistently kept me going through this time of social isolation is podcasts. I listen to them when I exercise, or am cooking, or am just doing things around my apartment. Listening to podcasts is also how I keep up to date with our crazy world. Here’s a list of informative daily podcasts that will keep you up to date with everything that’s going on, with links to the shows on Spotify and Apple Podcasts. *Disclaimer* I am left-leaning, so my podcast listening habits may reflect that.

  1. Consider This from NPR

2. The Daily

3. Up First

4. Start Here

5. What a Day

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I Benefited from My White Privilege.

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Racism and white privilege have been hot topics for the past few… well, decades, if we’re being honest. But right now, it’s pretty intense.

In the past three months, I can think of at least three specific black individuals who were murdered either by law enforcement or by a white individual with a power complex.

On February 23rd of this year, Ahmaud Arbery, a black man who was less than a year younger than me, was shot to death while on a run. It took over a month for footage of his murder to begin circulating online.

Breonna Taylor
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Less than a month after Ahmaud’s death, Breonna Taylor was fatally shot in her own apartment by law enforcement. Her crime? Dating their suspect two years prior.

And just this week, George Floyd was killed by a police officer who knelt on his neck in attempts to restrain him. Pictures of his death have been circulating online.

This isn’t strange. This isn’t surprising. This is America.

Black people have been being killed by white people since the conception of this country. With technology becoming more advanced, it’s just now becoming evident. We see it happening. We see the pictures. We watch the videos. We cannot deny it or look the other way. It’s right in front of us. Black Americans are regularly killed at the hands of White Americans, and there isn’t an end in sight.

As a white woman, I know my privilege. I’m not afraid to go on a run. I have never been discriminated against because of the color of my skin. In fact, I believe there was a time in my life that I may have directly benefited from racial prejudice.

Ahmaud Arbery
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During my junior year of high school, I was sexually assaulted by a person of color. After it happened, I immediately went to the principal and told her what had happened. My assailant was immediately expelled.

It was an extremely traumatizing event, as sexual assault normally is. But around five years later, I started to question some aspects of my experience.

I had always prided my alma mater on the way that they handled my assault. My assailant was expelled and I was never shamed or victim blamed by the school. The principal and vice principal never once questioned my story. I was believed immediately. And for a long time, I didn’t realize that many stories of sexual assault aren’t met with the same ending.

When #metoo became prevalent, I remember reading stories of sexual assault victims sharing their stories. I began to wonder why so many of them were not believed, but I was. Now, I truly believe a big part of it was because I was a white woman who accused a person of color.

George Floyd
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Was the outcome fair? Yes. I made the decision not to press charges, and was content with just not having to see him at school. But I do not believe that the process was fair. If it were, either my story would sound a lot more like the other victims of sexual assault, or their stories were sound more like mine. The ends do not justify the means, even if it benefits me.

White privilege is being believed when you report your sexual assault.

I dealt with a lot of guilt when I came to this realization, but what good does guilt do? I don’t have anything to be guilty about. I didn’t do anything wrong.

I will never know if I would have been granted the same grace if my assailant was white. My first instinct says no, that they would have at least questioned me more.

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And that is white privilege.

By sharing this story, I hope that I am using my privilege to raise awareness of how racism and white privilege can present itself in our own lives, not just on the news. It is closer than you think.

We need to be better. Do better. The world won’t change unless we do.