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Dana Perino

Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side

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'And the Good News Is ...' by Dana Perino is a memoir that explores her experiences as the first Republican woman to serve as the White House press secretary. She shares insights into the challenges and triumphs she faced in her career and provides valuable lessons on leadership.

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    Spending lots of time on a Wyoming ranch taught Dana to be tough and independent.

    Dana Perino spent much of her childhood in rural Wyoming, on her grandparents’ ranch. Her father’s grandparents were Italian immigrants who’d grabbed the American dream by the horns; for them, and for Dana, too, the ranch was a symbol of freedom.

    Not just that, but living on the ranch taught Dana the importance of always lending a hand. Even though it wasn’t always fun, Dana and her sister helped out with all the chores: filling water tanks, opening gates, collecting eggs and keeping the calves fed during winter.

    Sometimes Dana had to overcome her fears in order to help out.

    For instance, gathering chicken eggs frightened Dana. The coop was dark and smelly, and the hens would peck at her hands when she tried to take the eggs. But she did it anyway. Life in rural Wyoming was rough, and everyone had to pull his or her own weight. Learning to overcome her fears and pitch in proved a valuable lesson later in Dana’s life.

    Ranch life taught Dana other important lessons, too. For instance, that it’s essential to be both tough and gentle. When she was about eight years old, Dana and her sister were in the truck with their grandfather when they noticed that one of the horses had a broken leg. The huge animal was whimpering and clearly in a lot of pain.

    Dana’s grandfather got out of the car, grabbed his rifle and told the two little girls to stay in the truck with their heads down. Dana snuck a peak anyhow, and watched as her grandfather shot the horse.

    As they drove away, he rested his hand on her knee and squeezed it gently, showing her he knew how she felt. It was then that Dana realized that tenderness and strength are like peas in a pod.

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    What is And the Good News Is … about?

    And the Good News Is … (2015) walks you through the life and times of Dana Perino. These blinks follow Dana’s life – from her early childhood in rural Wyoming to her career on Capitol Hill – and offer applicable advice for success and personal improvement along the way.

    And the Good News Is … Review

    And the Good News Is … (2015) by Dana Perino is a captivating memoir that offers an inside look into the world of politics and journalism. Here's why this book is definitely worth reading:

    • Through her engaging storytelling, Perino shares her experiences working as a press secretary for the White House, providing valuable insights and behind-the-scenes anecdotes.
    • With honest reflection and a balanced perspective, Perino offers a unique understanding of the challenges and rewards of a career in public service.
    • The book showcases Perino's wit and humor, making it an enjoyable and entertaining read, even for those who are not typically interested in politics.

    Best quote from And the Good News Is …

    My dad got me hooked on news. That was a good thing.

    —Dana Perino
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    Who should read And the Good News Is …?

    • Fans of Dana Perino
    • Anyone who wants a job on Capitol Hill
    • People in every field looking for tips to succeed

    About the Author

    Dana Perino served as Press Secretary to the George W. Bush administration. She is currently a panelist on the hit Fox News show, The Five.

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