Sen. Brown Signs His Book In Boston

There was a steady trickle of people ambling into the Barnes & Noble at the Prudential Center Tuesday afternoon to buy Sen. Scott Brown's book.

Brown spent the afternoon signing copies of his just-released memoir, "Against All Odds."

Almost everyone at the book signing had some sort of agenda. Several in line were there to exact pledges from Brown to restore funding for programs cut in the House's 2011 budget.

Some, like Northeastern University student Frank Marino, wanted to ask the senator to restore funding to AmeriCorps, which sends young volunteers to serve across the country. He also wanted to thank Brown for voting to allow gays to serve openly in the military.

Sen. Scott Brown signed his memoir in Boston Tuesday. (Fred Thys/WBUR)
Sen. Scott Brown signed his memoir in Boston Tuesday. (Fred Thys/WBUR)

"I called him — his office — quite a few times asking him to vote for it," Marino said

Others were there to applaud Brown for his independence from the Republican party line since his election to the Senate.

Sam Galvin, of West Roxbury, held signs for Brown since the early days of his campaign. This summer, Galvin was sexually harassed, and he says Brown's revelation that he was sexually assaulted as a child made Galvin feel a greater bond to him.

"I overcame it. He overcame it. And he's looking forward, and that really helped me through that," Galvin said.

The memoir came out Monday, and Rishi Rattan, a surgeon-in-training at Tufts Medical Center, has started to read it.

"I've been very impressed with both his method of delivery and storytelling and also describing with clear clarity the struggles that he's overcome from clearly very early childhood to be such a success," Rattan said.

This program aired on February 22, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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