The Tide Always Comes Back

Jean Carnahan
Author of:

And Other Irrefutable Truths and Assurances

Jean Carnahan was the First Lady of Missouri when her husband, Governor Mel Carnahan, who was running for the U.S. Senate, and their son, were killed in a plane crash. When Mel Carnahan was elected posthumously (beating John Ashcroft), Jean agreed to take his seat in Washington. She served in the U.S. Senate then, during 9/11, the anthrax attacks, and the vote to go to war in Iraq -- all at a time of intense and almost unimaginable personal loss. Somehow she managed to keep her head up and her heart open. Her upbeat attitude is truly a lesson to us all.

Carnahan, in the public sphere most recently as she campaigned for President Barack Obama, is a skillful writer. A cross between Molly Ivins and Maria Shriver, she brings her tales about aging, change, strengthening the family, history, politics and language to the page with a plain-spoken wise humor that is pure pleasure and genuinely uplifting. The Tide Always Comes Back is the kind of practical inspirational gift book that word-of-mouth could turn into a wonderful, ever-green book.

Jean Carnahan worked in Washington, D.C. for two years, where she was a leading advocate for working families. Her first bill, the "Quality Classrooms Act," was voted into the "Leave No Child Behind" law by the Senate. Both her son and daughter hold government positions. Carnahan, who heads up the website, lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

Postscript: We are proud to call one of Jean Carnahan's friends, our friend. MUSEologies thanks Lucy Sutcliffe for bringing this inspirational book to our attention!

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