The Book of Joe
When it comes to politics, I'm a bleeding-heart liberal. So, when I saw Jeff Wilser's new book, The Book of Joe, I knew I had to read it. Vice President Joe Biden has something about him that is part charisma, part Amtrak, part ice cream, and part malarkey that makes him instantly lovable and meme-able. While Wilser's book delves into the comical and tragic points of the Vice President's life, he does so with wit and candor that allows you to feel as though you have known the Veep in a more personal setting than having been a politician.
In December, I had the opportunity to see Joe Biden speak live in Madison, which was a dream come true. I hung out with three of my closest friends as we saw a living legend speak of his recent life, having lost his son and being questioned on whether or not he regrets not running for president. While it was a great moment, Vice President Biden can be quite humble and sold short his accomplishments. This is not true with Wilser's storytelling. Any moment where Vice President Biden deserves credit, Wilser is there to remind the reader of how magical of a person Vice President Biden truly is.
Dispersed throughout the book are short snippets called "Wisdom of Joe." Wilser breaks down an anecdote from Vice President Biden's life while simultaneously allowing the reader to have a quick take-away to bring into their own life.
The Book of Joe is a great book to get to know Joe Biden a bit better, but it also serves as a reminder on how to better your own life and bring "Biden-isms" into your daily rituals. I encourage you to grab a copy and let me know how many times you laughed and how many times you cried. I will confess -- I had to grab tissues a time or two.
Note: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.