I Have the Right To Remain Silent…But I Lack the Ability
In this memoir from Madelaine Brauner Landry, a university instructor and freelance writer in Louisiana, the author discusses her experience with local politics in 2019, running for police juror in largely rural Jefferson Davis Parish. Insightful, funny and often inspiring, the book follows Landry as she knocks on doors and visits with residents throughout the parish. She discussed how she handled skepticism as a woman and non-local (she grew up in New Orleans), as well as disillusionment and cynicism from some potential voters — but she also experienced a great deal of warmth and tapped people’s interest in talking about issues important to them.
With a mix of pragmatism and idealism, Landry gives a compelling account of her foray into local politics and her efforts to connect with people who often felt alienated from the political process. “It’s at the local level where you stand a better chance to draw people out in conversation,” she notes. “It is here you can reduce alienation and honor each voter’s thoughts by active listening. National and international politics get the most press, but local is where you first connect.”
3 reviews for “I Have the Right To Remain Silent…But I Lack the Ability”
I was very attracted to this book, but I can’t seem to find it anywhere. I found a facebook page with an e-mail, but no reply.
I was able to order book by contacting author at email@example.com. She takes checks and Paypal
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Once I typed the e-mail correctly, I was able to get the book easily and quickly in the mail. I’m very glad I did. The book is a collection of essays that combine a loosely woven autobiography with views of politics, people, and present-day society. She writes in a light conversational style that is filled with clear logic and an overriding sense of tolerance, empathy, and understanding
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