Time & Date
Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 6:00 pm
Both in-person and virtual tickets are available for this event. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
WBUR CitySpace 890 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA 02215Open in Google Maps
Radio Boston host Tiziana Dearing moderates a conversation with Huma Abedin, longtime aide to Hillary Clinton, about her new memoir, “Both/And: A Life in Many Worlds." From a cloistered childhood spent in Saudi Arabia to the inner circle of the Clinton White House, Abedin chronicles her journey and addresses for the first time the humiliating collision of her personal and professional life.
You can purchase the book from our bookstore partner Brookline Booksmith here.
In this beautifully written and propulsive memoir, Huma Abedin—Hillary Clinton’s famously private top aide and longtime advisor—emerges from the wings of American political history to take command of her own story.
The daughter of Indian and Pakistani intellectuals and advocates, Abedin grew up in the United States and Saudi Arabia and traveled widely. "Both/And" grapples with family, legacy, identity, faith, marriage, motherhood—and work—with wisdom, sophistication and clarity.
Abedin launched full steam into a college internship in the office of the First Lady in 1996, never imagining that her work at the White House would blossom into a career in public service, nor that her career would become an all-consuming way of life. She thrived in rooms with diplomats and sovereigns, entrepreneurs and artists, philanthropists and activists and witnessed many crucial moments in 21st-century American history—Camp David for urgent efforts at Middle East peace in the waning months of the Clinton administration, Ground Zero in the days after the 9/11 attacks, the inauguration of the first African American president of the United States, the convention floor when America nominated its first female presidential candidate.
Abedin’s relationship with Hillary Clinton has seen both women through extraordinary personal and professional highs, as well as unimaginable lows. Here, for the first time, is a deeply personal account of Clinton as mentor, confidante and role model. Abedin cuts through caricature, rumor and misinformation to reveal a crystal clear portrait of Clinton as a brilliant and caring leader, a steadfast friend, generous, funny, hardworking and dedicated.
"Both/And" is a candid and heartbreaking chronicle of Abedin’s marriage to Anthony Weiner, what drew her to him, how much she wanted to believe in him, the devastation wrought by his betrayals—and their shared love for their son. It is also a timeless story of a young woman with aspirations and ideals coming into her own in high-pressure jobs and a testament to the potential for women in leadership to blaze a path forward while supporting those who follow in their footsteps.
Abedin’s journey through the opportunities and obstacles, the trials and triumphs, of a full and complex life is a testament to her profound belief that in an increasingly either/or world, she can be both/and. Abedin’s compassion and courage, her resilience and grace, her work ethic and mission are an inspiration to people of all ages.