Plenty Ladylike: A Memoir

Plenty Ladylike: A Memoir

The female senator from Missouri shares her inspiring story of embracing her ambition, surviving sexist slings, making a family, losing a husband, outsmarting her enemies?and finding joy along the way. Claire McCaskill grew up in a political family, but not at a time that welcomed women with big plans. She earned a law degree and paid her way through school by working as a The female senator from Missouri shares her inspiring story of embracing her ambition, surviving sexist slings, maki...

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Title:Plenty Ladylike: A Memoir
Author:Claire McCaskill
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1476756759
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

Plenty Ladylike: A Memoir Reviews

  • Jana
    Aug 22, 2015
    It pains me to give this book just three stars since I am Senator McCaskill's #1 fan, but oooof, parts of it are rough. The good: learning about her childhood, the formative years of her education and her early career, her family, her ex-husband's unsolved murder - I knew a lot of t...
  • Bookworm
    Aug 19, 2015
    Setting up her run for another re-election battle? I have never been to Missouri, am not familiar with the state (other than Ferguson), but know her best from her...interesting re-election battle in 2012 vs. Todd "Legitimate rape" Akin. This was a seat that was poised to be a loss for ...
  • Liz De Coster
    Sep 03, 2015
    On the pros side, McCaskill is as frank and opinionated in her descriptions as I believe she is in real life. From what I know of her, she seems to be laying out the facts fairly straightforwardly, and I appreciate her honesty about her ambitions and her stumbles. Despite this, her voi...
  • Kay
    Aug 26, 2015
    Interesting but slow. Claire McCaskill is the Senior Senator for Missouri, my home state. She has always seemed to me to be honest and fair even when I don't necessarily agree with her. Before the Todd Akin "thing" (which she is now in trouble for revealing) I remember when she was "un...
  • Anne
    Aug 21, 2015
    While McCaskill might be a little more moderate than I prefer, this was an interesting look into her political career and the challenges she faced as a woman campaigning in Missouri. I think the most interesting insight was how Presidential campaigns can totally screw over state ca...
  • Sheila
    Dec 06, 2015
    Confession: I didn't know much about Claire McCaskill when I picked up this book. I chose this book because of the title. When a lady says she's plenty ladylike, there's usually something tough (and often hilarious) behind it. That holds true here. Ms. McCaskill takes you through h...
  • Rachel
    Aug 07, 2015
    I chose this book because Claire McCaskill is my senator and I was interested in learning more about her personal life and political career. At just under three hundred pages, she just hits the highlights which was perfect for me. It made it a quick read and kept it entertaining. Most ...
  • Suzanne
    Oct 26, 2015
    If you've seen an interview with Claire McCaskill, you know she's a pretty straightforward, no-nonsense kind of gal. I've always admired her plainspoken common sense, and taken an active interest in her politics. Reading this memoir has only deepened my respect for her, though, and hel...
  • Ngiste
    Aug 30, 2015
    This was delightful. A really nice read for a Sunday morning, it's an inspiring but also pragmatic look at one woman's life in politics. It was edifying to see her evolution over time, and the parallel evolution of women in the public sphere. In particular, the transition from women ha...
  • Rose
    Jul 15, 2017
    I am between 3 and 4 stars on this one. I really enjoyed the honesty she brings to her story (which is a unique one given our continued gender imbalance in leadership), but I think this book tries to cover too long of a time period or too many sub-themes. The final 3 chapters felt espe...
  • Becky
    Sep 16, 2015
    Senator Claire McCaskill reads her memoir Plenty Ladylike in the version I listened to through Audible. Her interview on NPR piqued my curiosity to learn more about women in the Senate. In my opinion there continues to be too few women elected to higher office. The chapter describing h...
  • Emily
    Aug 29, 2017
    This book is exceptional. I checked out the audiobook when IL House Representative Cheri Bustos posted she was reading it for National Book Week. I had not heard of the book, but have an interest in women's representation in government and was particularly interested in this Senator...
  • Kathy Heare Watts
    May 30, 2018
    I won a copy of this book during a Goodreads giveaway. I am under no obligation to leave a review or rating and do so voluntarily. I am paying it forward by passing this book along to a family member who I think will enjoy it too. ...
  • Kathy Heare Watts
    May 30, 2018
    I won a copy of this book during a Goodreads giveaway. I am under no obligation to leave a review or rating and do so voluntarily. I am paying it forward by passing this book along to a family member who I think will enjoy it too. ...
  • Kathy Heare Watts
    May 30, 2018
    I won a copy of this book during a Goodreads giveaway. I am under no obligation to leave a review or rating and do so voluntarily. I am paying it forward by passing this book along to a family member who I think will enjoy it too. ...
  • Clint
    Oct 30, 2017
    The Missouri Democratic senator tells a number of interesting stories about her rise to prominence, but the book CD is a little disconcerting when she reads other people's praiseworthy remarks about her. It makes it difficult, at times, to tell whether she is still reading the other pe...
  • Roland
    Feb 01, 2016
    I decided to read this book for a couple of reasons. First, I've become accustomed to seeing Senator McCaskill on the morning talk show circuit promoting Hillary Clinton for President. So, I was curious as to how she was and how she became such a prominent Senator. Every time I watch h...
  • Mary Ann
    Jan 05, 2019
    I am crazy about Claire McCaskill, and she became my #1 favorite senator. I loved watching her in her committee and subcommittee hearings on C-SPAN. The best chapter in the book, in my opinion, is "Boondoggles" and is about her investigative work on those committees. There are some goo...
  • Jordon Hensley
    Mar 08, 2018
    Claire McCaskill is an American hero! She has overcome great odds to be one of the leading moderate voices in the US Senate. This memoir is beautifully written and you can hear Claire's voice on every page. ...
  • Connie
    Dec 20, 2018
    Good read ...
  • Evelyn
    Feb 05, 2016
    The autobiography of the United States Senator from Missouri reads like campaign hagiography. It provides information on the author's qualifications and background, and why someone should vote for her. There are few revelations or insights except for some tantalizing tidbits about the ...
  • Jason Anthony
    Sep 04, 2018
    Lackluster writing, especially the first chapter, limits this book?s potential. ...
  • Jean
    Aug 25, 2015
    I saw an interview on T. V. with Senator McCaskill discussing how she is investigating and analyzing the Iran Treaty. I was impressed at how she was educating herself about the treaty and the various other options available. So I decided to buy her book and read about her. I discove...
  • Christopher
    Jan 08, 2017
    Claire is a hero to the next generation of politic-minded Missourians; who else can say their senior senator shotguns beers on election night? ...
  • Elise
    Aug 19, 2015
    Here is my very belated review for this book. First things first, I received this book through a GoodReads First Reads giveaway. Now onto the review! I went into this book knowing next-to-nothing about Claire McCaskill aside from the fact she was in Congress. I came out of the book ...
  • Laura Stevens
    Aug 29, 2015
    Would have been 4 stars, but on the very last page she basically claims that women will find more "security" by contributing to campaigns rather than saving money for college. I understand the sentiment, but just...no. Still, as a whole the book is an interesting and uplifting read,...
  • Margaret
    Jan 20, 2017
    I am so conflicted about this book. I went into reading it ready to become obsessed, to give her my money, to go knock on doors for her in 2018. But it is poorly written and just a little odd overall. My favorite part was when she writes about barb mikulski. I am grateful to her for he...
  • Colette
    Jan 06, 2019
    Fascinating and inspiring read. I am impressed with Senator McCaskill?s career trajectory and everything she has achieved. I would caution that the writing is a little rough and I wish some sections were beefed up. I wanted to more details of her emotions and how she handled her ...
  • Katie Yaeger
    Mar 08, 2019
    I miss Claire's leadership in the US Senate a whole lot. ...
  • Mboconnor31
    Mar 15, 2019
    Amazing story of an American politician who happens to have bucked the system stacked against her gender. I am very impressed by Claire Conner McCaskill and highly recommend her memoir. Her family provided her great strength, especially her mother who was the first woman on the Cit...