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Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox

by Joanne Cronrath Bamberger

Hillary Clinton’s name is on everyone’s lips almost every day as we are knee deep in the 2016 presidential election. But as we know from the 2008 presidential campaign, and its outcome, Clinton evokes extreme and varied emotions among voters in a way no other candidate in recent memory has. But why? Does she have to be likable? Do baby boomers have too much history with her? Why do Gen X-ers admire her? Can we “forgive her” for not being perfect? Is she doomed because women project their own insecurities onto her? Can she use a “family agenda” to be elected? Can she thread the needle between a softer, gentler Hillary and a tough commander in chief Hillary?

Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox delves into the nuances of our complicated feelings about one of the most powerful women ever in American politics. In this timely collection, editor/author Joanne Cronrath Bamberger provides the narrative framework through which to view the history that’s led us to this moment in time–the moment when voters must decide whether they can forgive Hillary Clinton for not being the perfect candidate or the perfect woman and finally elect our first woman president — then hands to stage to a unique and diverse group of writers of all ages, walks of life, and political affiliations, while also weighing in with her own essay, “I Don’t Need Hillary Clinton to Be Perfect.”

Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox has won several awards, including the Gold Medal as the 2016 Best in Category for Women in Politics in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, as well as the Bronze Medal for the Women in Politics Category in the 2016 Independent Publisher “IPPY” awards.  LHLHN is also a finalist in the Foreward Book Review contest, with final awards to be announced at the end of June, 2016.

Timely and fresh, Love Her, Love Her Not will provoke new conversations and push political and cultural dialogue in the US to a new level.