The Evolution of Hillary Rodham Clinton — nonfiction by Fairfield University English Professor, Sonya Huber


Media Contact: Susan Cipollaro, scipollaro@fairfield.edu, 203-254-4000, ext. 2726

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (July 20, 2016) — Who is presidential candidate Hillary Clinton? Sonya Huber’s short, accessible book takes a balanced look at Hillary, delving into the evolution of her image, her detractors, and her policy decisions, offering an overview of the forces that have shaped her. From her role as Secretary of State to her commitment to women’s rights, her changing positions and charges against her of unreliability on issues of trade and the environment, Hillary Rodham Clinton’s political agenda has changed over time. Do these changes make her a reptilian “shape-shifter” or just a pol­itician? Will she be responsive to a changing Democratic Party in America, and how would she govern as President of the United States?

In this brief, incisive volume, Sonya Huber, an English professor at Fairfield University, examines the shifting policies and positions of the Democratic nominee for the US Presidency, and examines the ways the Republican narratives, Bill Clinton’s legacy, and the political climate have all played a role in shaping her public image.

“Sonya Huber has achieved the near-impossible; she managed to contextualize Hillary Clinton’s long political career with precision, clarity, and wit. Examined herein are Hillary’s complicated relationships with her husband, the American public, Wall Street, feminism, Mother Teresa and even the author herself… you’ll find no better primer on this fascinating, polarizing woman,” wrote Shannon Drury, author of The Radical Housewife: Redefining Family Values for the 21st Century.

“Finally a book for people who are unsure about how they think about Hillary Clinton. Cutting beyond the partisan attacks from Right and Left, Sonya Huber presents a politician who is flawed yet principled, willing to compromise yet also holding onto bedrock principles. In short, Huber has humanized Hillary Clinton in a way no one else has — or is willing to.” — Robert Greene II of the Society of U.S. Intellectual Historians.

Sonya Huber is the author of two other books of creative nonfiction, Opa Nobody and Cover Me: A Health Insurance Memoir and a textbook, The Backwards Research Guide for Writers. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, Fourth Genre and other journals. She is both a professor at Fairfield University and directs Fairfield’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. Huber is available for interviews with the press on her book and as a subject expert on Hillary Clinton.

Squint Books, a division of Eyewear Publishing LTD, pro­vides brief books for a busy world. These short guides, written by authors passionate about their fields, give smart analysis of the political and pop-culture issues of our time.

E-copies of the book are available upon request.

Save the date: Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 7 pm, Sonya Huber will be at the Fairfield University Bookstore, 1499 Post Rd, Fairfield, Conn. for a pre-election discussion of her novel.

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Fairfield University is a Jesuit University, rooted in one of the world’s oldest intellectual and spiritual traditions. More than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students from 36 states, 47 foreign countries, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are enrolled in the University’s five schools. In the spirit of rigorous and sympathetic inquiry into all dimensions of human experience, Fairfield welcomes students from diverse backgrounds to share ideas and engage in open conversations. The University is located in the heart of a region where the future takes shape, on a stunning campus on the Connecticut coast just an hour from New York City.

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Posted on July 27, 2016

Vol. 49, No. 6

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