Every Day Is a Gift: A Memoir

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About the Author

Senator Tammy Duckworth is a former U.S. Army lieutenant colonel who has served as the junior United States Senator for Illinois since 2017. A proud Iraq War veteran and helicopter pilot, she represented Illinois's 8th district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2013 to 2017. Before election to office, she served as Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (2009-11) and Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs (2006-09).


"Raw, unfiltered, powerful, a compelling story of courage and determination against overwhelming odds. Tammy Duckworth is a true warrior who overcame a difficult upbringing, a glass ceiling, and a horrific helicopter shootdown to become one of the most respected senators on Capitol Hill. Nothing can stop her."--Adm. William H. McRaven (US Navy, Ret.), New York Times bestselling author of MAKE YOUR BED
"EVERY DAY IS A GIFT isn't your usual political memoir, but it is a quintessentially American story. Tammy Duckworth's life journey--from a difficult, peripatetic childhood in Southeast Asia though serving in the U.S. Army, House, and now the Senate--is a story of amazing grit and determination, colored throughout by a love of this country and what it stands for."--Mitt Romney
"'Soldier, Senator, Mother'--Tammy Duckworth is all these and more. She's a woman who overcame childhood poverty, learned to fly, fought for our country--and then created a whole new life for herself when her old one was shattered by enemy fire. The word I would use for Tammy is 'inspiration, ' which is what I felt upon reading this remarkable memoir."--Amy Klobuchar
"Tammy Duckworth's inspiring life story reads like a novel, defined by moments of exceptional grace and resilience. As a fellow veteran, I was moved by the gripping account of her service in uniform, including the shoot-down that nearly took her life, the dramatic rescue and her harrowing 13-month recovery. She is an extraordinary leader and an exemplary American, and this book reminds us why."--Pete Buttigieg
"Senator Duckworth's memoir is a compelling and engrossing narrative that invites readers into her fascinating life... Excellent work that will allow readers to get to know one of today's most unique political voices. Readers from a wide range of backgrounds will find something to relate to in Duckworth's story."--Library Journal (starred review)
"With a breezy candor that is, by turns, intimate and assertive, Duckworth offers an affecting account of a life of sacrifice, patriotism, valor, integrity, and grace."--Booklist (starred review)
"Heartfelt memoir from the senator and Iraq War veteran. Despite the scars of discrimination, poverty, and war, [Duckworth's] commitment to the service of others has never wavered... An inspiring example of the power of determination."--Kirkus