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Learn the incredible story of Illinois senator and Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth and see what inspired her to follow the path that made her who she is today. In Every Day Is a Gift, Tammy Duckworth takes readers through the amazing—and amazingly true—stories from her incomparable life. In November of 2004, an Iraqi RPG blew through the cockpit of Tammy Duckworth's U.S. A Learn the incredible story of Illinois senator and Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth and see what inspired her to follow the path that made her who she is today. In Every Day Is a Gift, Tammy Duckworth takes readers through the amazing—and amazingly true—stories from her incomparable life. In November of 2004, an Iraqi RPG blew through the cockpit of Tammy Duckworth's U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter. The explosion, which destroyed her legs and mangled her right arm, was a turning point in her life. But as Duckworth shows in Every Day Is a Gift, that moment was just one in a lifetime of extraordinary turns. The biracial daughter of an American father and a Thai-Chinese mother, Duckworth faced discrimination, poverty, and the horrors of war—all before the age of 16. As a child, she dodged bullets as her family fled war-torn Phnom Penh. As a teenager, she sold roses by the side of the road to save her family from hunger and homelessness in Hawaii. Through these experiences, she developed a fierce resilience that would prove invaluable in the years to come. Duckworth joined the Army, becoming one of a handful of female helicopter pilots at the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom. She served eight months in Iraq before an insurgent's RPG shot down her helicopter, an attack that took her legs—and nearly took her life. She then spent thirteen months recovering at Walter Reed, learning to walk again on prosthetic legs and planning her return to the cockpit. But Duckworth found a new mission after meeting her state's senators, Barack Obama and Dick Durbin. After winning two terms as a U.S. Representative, she won election to the U.S. Senate in 2016. And she and her husband Bryan fulfilled another dream when she gave birth to two daughters, becoming the first sitting senator to give birth. From childhood to motherhood and beyond, Every Day Is a Gift is the remarkable story of one of America's most dedicated public servants.


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Learn the incredible story of Illinois senator and Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth and see what inspired her to follow the path that made her who she is today. In Every Day Is a Gift, Tammy Duckworth takes readers through the amazing—and amazingly true—stories from her incomparable life. In November of 2004, an Iraqi RPG blew through the cockpit of Tammy Duckworth's U.S. A Learn the incredible story of Illinois senator and Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth and see what inspired her to follow the path that made her who she is today. In Every Day Is a Gift, Tammy Duckworth takes readers through the amazing—and amazingly true—stories from her incomparable life. In November of 2004, an Iraqi RPG blew through the cockpit of Tammy Duckworth's U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter. The explosion, which destroyed her legs and mangled her right arm, was a turning point in her life. But as Duckworth shows in Every Day Is a Gift, that moment was just one in a lifetime of extraordinary turns. The biracial daughter of an American father and a Thai-Chinese mother, Duckworth faced discrimination, poverty, and the horrors of war—all before the age of 16. As a child, she dodged bullets as her family fled war-torn Phnom Penh. As a teenager, she sold roses by the side of the road to save her family from hunger and homelessness in Hawaii. Through these experiences, she developed a fierce resilience that would prove invaluable in the years to come. Duckworth joined the Army, becoming one of a handful of female helicopter pilots at the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom. She served eight months in Iraq before an insurgent's RPG shot down her helicopter, an attack that took her legs—and nearly took her life. She then spent thirteen months recovering at Walter Reed, learning to walk again on prosthetic legs and planning her return to the cockpit. But Duckworth found a new mission after meeting her state's senators, Barack Obama and Dick Durbin. After winning two terms as a U.S. Representative, she won election to the U.S. Senate in 2016. And she and her husband Bryan fulfilled another dream when she gave birth to two daughters, becoming the first sitting senator to give birth. From childhood to motherhood and beyond, Every Day Is a Gift is the remarkable story of one of America's most dedicated public servants.

30 review for Every Day Is a Gift: A Memoir

  1. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    I tore through this book in two sittings. I was expecting Duckworth's memoir to emphasize her political career, but I could not have been more mistaken: all but a few of the chapters revolve around her childhood as a poor immigrant and her military service, all of which serve to provide context for her decision to enter politics. As an aircrew veteran myself, I was deeply emotionally impacted reading about the shootdown of her Black Hawk over Iraq. It was everything we had been trained to fear: I tore through this book in two sittings. I was expecting Duckworth's memoir to emphasize her political career, but I could not have been more mistaken: all but a few of the chapters revolve around her childhood as a poor immigrant and her military service, all of which serve to provide context for her decision to enter politics. As an aircrew veteran myself, I was deeply emotionally impacted reading about the shootdown of her Black Hawk over Iraq. It was everything we had been trained to fear: catastrophic casualties over enemy territory. Her recovery, too, was a portrait of resilience. I'm going to be recommending this book to as many people as possible in order to feel more seen and understood as a female veteran. I could not be more impressed with the integrity, courage, and tenacity of Duckworth as an individual, and especially as an advocate for the issues which have directly affected her: poverty, immigration, combat, disability, womanhood (especially in the military), motherhood. I'm so grateful to Duckworth for her lifetime of service and leadership.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Darcy

    Senator Duckworth crossed my radar a couple of years ago. I liked what I've seen of her, so when this book popped up on my library's website, it was a no brainer to grab it to learn more about Tammy. She comes off as very down to earth, someone who genuinely wants to help others, first her family, then her army family and now those that elected her. Along the way she has paid a high price, but she continues to strive to help those that need it. I hope she has a long career to keep helping. Senator Duckworth crossed my radar a couple of years ago. I liked what I've seen of her, so when this book popped up on my library's website, it was a no brainer to grab it to learn more about Tammy. She comes off as very down to earth, someone who genuinely wants to help others, first her family, then her army family and now those that elected her. Along the way she has paid a high price, but she continues to strive to help those that need it. I hope she has a long career to keep helping.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Susanne

    I don't know when I've read a more inspirational book. Senator Duckworth saw so many choices for her life. I marvel at her attitude - always positive, always "forward". I can't even comprehend how she looks at situations and never seems to think -"I couldn't do that. . .I have no legs. . .I am too busy. . .I am too old to have children. . .". But she never sees things that way. There's no need for a summary of her story as the main points are well known at this point. I was a woman in a male cor I don't know when I've read a more inspirational book. Senator Duckworth saw so many choices for her life. I marvel at her attitude - always positive, always "forward". I can't even comprehend how she looks at situations and never seems to think -"I couldn't do that. . .I have no legs. . .I am too busy. . .I am too old to have children. . .". But she never sees things that way. There's no need for a summary of her story as the main points are well known at this point. I was a woman in a male corporate environment and I certainly was never as effective in making changes as she was. I admire her so much, and having read what she has done against so many odds, I think I may be able to adopt a little more of her style. This is 5-stars as it was and will be impactful! READ THIS BOOK!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    Definitely the best political autobiography I have read, but at the same time, politics are not the focus. Sen. Duckworth was born in Thailand to a Thai mother and American father. Her childhood was spent moving around Southeast Asia for her father's assignments. She details the life of a biracial child growing up during a time when wars and American soldiers left behind severe consequences for poor Asian women. When her father lost his job, the family immigrated to Hawaii and struggled to get b Definitely the best political autobiography I have read, but at the same time, politics are not the focus. Sen. Duckworth was born in Thailand to a Thai mother and American father. Her childhood was spent moving around Southeast Asia for her father's assignments. She details the life of a biracial child growing up during a time when wars and American soldiers left behind severe consequences for poor Asian women. When her father lost his job, the family immigrated to Hawaii and struggled to get by for a while. She managed to graduate with honors and attend college and grad school. It was during this time, she joined the Army Reserves and learned to fly helicopters. This later led to her deployment to Iraq where she flew Black Hawks. Duckworth was shot down in 2004 and sustained injuries that damaged an arm and caused her to become a double amputee. Recounting her time in Walter Reed and her desire to help other wounded vets, Duckworth earned positions in the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs before going to the Federal VA. During this time, she decided to run for Congress and manage to start a family at the same time. This is definitely a woman who knows how to get things done.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Megan Fox

    I didn’t know much about Senator Duckworth before reading this. She’s had quite an interesting life and I’m impressed but her dedication to service.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anitha Lane

    One of the best books I've ever read! I had the honor of serving as a Peace Corp Volunteer in Thailand. I know that there was "half persons" in Thailand. Because Senator Duckworth was honest about this, she was likely to be honest about the test of the book. I'm very proud to have her serving as a senator even though I'm not from her state. One of the best books I've ever read! I had the honor of serving as a Peace Corp Volunteer in Thailand. I know that there was "half persons" in Thailand. Because Senator Duckworth was honest about this, she was likely to be honest about the test of the book. I'm very proud to have her serving as a senator even though I'm not from her state.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cathiecooper

    Her life has been a series of uphill battles that she has, through grit and determination, won. She personifies the reward of setting a goal and then doing what it takes to achieve it, by drawing on personal strength rather than by walking over others to get what she wanted. Her life story is both inspiring and humbling, and her personality comes through clearly in the way she chose to share her story. The book was very easy to read, and I couldn't put it down: this was a one-sitting book for me Her life has been a series of uphill battles that she has, through grit and determination, won. She personifies the reward of setting a goal and then doing what it takes to achieve it, by drawing on personal strength rather than by walking over others to get what she wanted. Her life story is both inspiring and humbling, and her personality comes through clearly in the way she chose to share her story. The book was very easy to read, and I couldn't put it down: this was a one-sitting book for me.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sharron

    Great memoir of her life growing up in a few countries in Southeast Asia, then Hawaii, and finally moving to the mainland for grad school. Often her family struggled through poverty. It was interesting to read what influenced her life and how she decided on educational paths and career paths. Kind of corny what she wrote about the first time she was in Illinois. Then of course there are lots of details about her army career, shootdown, and recovery. There are details of her pregnancies and campa Great memoir of her life growing up in a few countries in Southeast Asia, then Hawaii, and finally moving to the mainland for grad school. Often her family struggled through poverty. It was interesting to read what influenced her life and how she decided on educational paths and career paths. Kind of corny what she wrote about the first time she was in Illinois. Then of course there are lots of details about her army career, shootdown, and recovery. There are details of her pregnancies and campaigns, but not really of her work in office.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Chelka Posladek

    I've always had tons of respect for Tammy Duckworth without knowing much about her. Learning her history only makes me respect her more. While this provides insights into the military and politics, I was most intrigued by Duckworth's early years moving around the globe. A great pick if you want to know more about our awesome senator. I've always had tons of respect for Tammy Duckworth without knowing much about her. Learning her history only makes me respect her more. While this provides insights into the military and politics, I was most intrigued by Duckworth's early years moving around the globe. A great pick if you want to know more about our awesome senator.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lloyd Cruz

    Great job author, I really like your writing style. I suggest you join NovelStar’s writing competition this April. If you are interested kindly check this link https://www.facebook.com/104455574751... for the mechanics of the writing contest this April and also, I am sharing your book in Facebook to help reach readers. Thank you Great job author, I really like your writing style. I suggest you join NovelStar’s writing competition this April. If you are interested kindly check this link https://www.facebook.com/104455574751... for the mechanics of the writing contest this April and also, I am sharing your book in Facebook to help reach readers. Thank you

  11. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    What an incredibly strong, determined woman! I absolutely flew through this book about Duckworth's interesting and eventful life, from her childhood in various parts of southeast Asia all the way to the beginning of her Senate career. She is a total badass. What an incredibly strong, determined woman! I absolutely flew through this book about Duckworth's interesting and eventful life, from her childhood in various parts of southeast Asia all the way to the beginning of her Senate career. She is a total badass.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cindywue

    I admire Tammy Duckworth’s grit, honesty, and success. She is a helluva woman!

  13. 4 out of 5

    John Bohnert

    Wow! What an interesting life Tammy has led.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Glenda Nelms

    Bold, powerful and courageous memoir by Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Angel Mayumi

    For such a great story, a lot of audience must read your book. You can publish your work on NovelStar Mobile App.

  16. 5 out of 5

    S C

    Very inspiring.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Heagleton

    Amazing woman. I couldn't put her memoir down. It is a gift! Amazing woman. I couldn't put her memoir down. It is a gift!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Diana Rambles

    Tammy Duckworth is an AMAZING human being. I've always been a fan and admired her, but now even more.i highly recommend this book to all, especially women!! Tammy Duckworth is an AMAZING human being. I've always been a fan and admired her, but now even more.i highly recommend this book to all, especially women!!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Elle Mill

    I wish I had someone like Tammy Duckworth to look up to when I was a kid. I enjoyed this book so much.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Justine Chen

    Great job author, I really like your writing style. I suggest you join NovelStar’s writing competition, you might be their next big star.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Jordon

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sshymas

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dolores Borreson

  24. 4 out of 5

    Scott Baker

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mahsa Shahkar

  26. 5 out of 5

    Emily A. Comstock

  27. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Hightower

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ann Eignor

  29. 4 out of 5

    Stacey

  30. 4 out of 5

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