Synopses & Reviews
Alaska's first woman governor is a former broadcast journalist with an irrepressible smile who wears designer glasses and high heels. As a teenager, she entered beauty pageants to earn money for college. Yet, she is an everyday Alaskan. Her idea of fun is riding a snow manchine with her husband, a part Yupik Eskimo who works for an oil compnay on the North Slope. She prefers caribou steaks to beef. Every summer, she and her family fish commerically for salmon in Bristol Bay. As a young girl, Sarah was ambitious, competitive, and - at times - stubborn. She never backed down when she thought she was right. She devoured newspapers and preferred nonfiction books to Nancy Drew. When her college roommates put up posters of Madonna and Metallica, the future Alaska governor looked up to a different sort of heroine - Libby Riddles, first woman to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. How a spiritual upbringing and a strong family network shpaed the future governow is reavealed in this absorbing biography by award-winning writer Kaylene Johnson, who lives just down the road from the governor and her parents, the Heaths, in Wasilla, Alaska.
Sarah Palin, forty-two, a hockey mom and former small-town mayor, thought her dream of making a difference in the male-dominated realm of Alaska politics was over when she went clashed with the state chairman of her Republican party and went head to head with the powerful Republican governor over issues having to do with ethics and openness in government. Yet, the former prep basketball star could not shake a feeling that she was destined for something bigger. In 2006, she became a long-shot candidate for governor, demanding a higher ethical standard in state government. Then, fate intervened. Her populist reform message sudddenly became front-page news when a major political scandal rocked Alaska politics. Alaskans began listening to her. And they liked what they heard. This is the story about how the biggest political upset in Alaska history propelled Sarah Palin into the governor's office where shed was the youngest and first women to serve in the state's highest office.
A long-shot candidate for the Alaska governor's seat, promising openness and a higher ethical standard, Sarah Palin's populist reform message suddenly became front-page news when a major political scandal rocked Alaska politics. She rocked the political world again as John McCain's surprise pick as a running mate in the 2008 presidential race.
About the Author
Kaylene Johnson is an award-winning writer and author who lives with her family on a small farm near Wasilla, Alaska. In addition to two other books she has written, "Portrait of the Alaska Railroad" and "Trails Across Time," Johnson's work has in numerous magazines and newspapers ranging from Alaska magazine to the LA Times. She received an MFA in Writing from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky.