The Forerunner: A Story of Pain and Perseverance in America


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Knopf Publishing Group
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6.58 X 9.44 X 1.03 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author

CORI BUSH is a registered nurse, a community activist and organizer, a single mother, and an ordained pastor. She is serving her first term as the St. Louis Congresswoman. Bush is the first Black woman and first nurse to represent Missouri; the first woman to represent Missouri's First Congressional District; and the first activist from the movement fighting for Black lives elected to Congress.


"Essential reading. . . . Bush emerged not only a survivor but a champion for women's rights and her community's fiercest advocate."
--Oprah Daily, "10 Must-Read Political Books to Get You Through the 2022 Mid-Term Elections"

"Bracingly, sometimes painfully honest. . . . The Forerunner is not your typical political memoir. [Bush] is not your typical politician. . . . [an] embodiment of resilience."
--The Guardian

"Riveting . . . Truly remarkable . . . [An] incredibly brave book."
--Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

"I'd recommend that anyone pick it up who is interested in seeing what effective working-class progressive politics looks like.... If we want to see how Democrats can effectively connect to working people, Bush's message is a very useful model.... Let us hope she is indeed the forerunner of a new kind of progressive politics."
--Nathan Robinson, Current Affairs

"Go and get it. It will knock you out."
--Whoopi Goldberg, The View

"Nuanced... Intimate... Painfully honest... "
--Trevor Noah, The Daily Show

"A nontraditional lawmaker.... Seamlessly connects her struggles, which are the struggles of so many, to what she's reaching to achieve legislatively."

"Cori Bush has lived a lot of life... Representative Bush is frank and open about all of it."
--Alison Stewart, "All of It," WNYC

"I was deeply moved by [this] book. And I think everyone who decides to form an opinion about Cori Bush needs to do so after reading this book and understanding [Bush's] experiences."
--Margaret Hoover, Firing Line

"Cori Bush is a fighter. She writes about how she has overcome a great number of challenges...only to emerge stronger. "
--Joy Reid, The ReidOut

Piercing and gripping. . . . In The Forerunner [Bush] is even more vulnerable, revealing the bad, ugly, mad parts of her life . . . Bush's words are beautifully devastating.
--The Cut

"Congresswoman Cori Bush is a role model and inspiration for overcoming almost unimaginable obstacles . . . Powerful . . . One of America's most transformative politicians and activists."
--Forbes Women

Markedly different from most political memoirs . . . Bush's memoir is also a tale of toughness, but it involves domestic trauma, lack of health care, minimum wage and police violence. Her battles are closer to home, and more prevalent, than distant military theaters.
--St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Among the dark details, there is light . . . Bush conveys passion for the people around her and those she serves . . . Whether supporters, critics, or those just interested in a gripping political memoir, readers of The Forerunner can expect a story that goes well beyond the national headlines."
--St. Louis Magazine

Cori Bush has always had a story to tell, and she's never shied away from telling it.... A ray of light for women who've lived through similar tribulations.
--Riverfront Times

Unflinching in her honesty and unapologetic in her dedication, Bush is a rising politician of invaluable experience, knowledge, compassion, and conscience. Congresswoman Bush's gripping memoir will be all over media, inspiring readers to read it for themselves.

[A] story of resilience and political triumph . . . Remarkably candid . . . A frank, powerful account.
--Kirkus Reviews