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I Have Something to Tell You: A Memoir
I Have Something to Tell You: A Memoir | Chasten Buttigieg
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A moving, hopeful, and refreshingly candid memoir by the husband of former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg about growing up gay in his small Midwestern town, his relationship with Pete, and his hope for America's future. Throughout the past year, teacher Chasten Glezman Buttigieg has emerged on the national stage, having left his classroom in South Bend, Indiana, to travel cross-country in support of his husband, former mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Pete's groundbreaking presidential campaign. Through Chasten's joyful, witty social media posts, the public gained a behind-the-scenes look at his life with Pete on the trail--moments that might have ranged from the mundane to the surprising, but that were always heartfelt. Chasten has overcome a multitude of obstacles to get here. In this moving, uplifting memoir, he recounts his journey to finding acceptance as a gay man. He recalls his upbringing in rural Michigan, where he knew he was different, where indeed he felt different from his father and brothers. He recounts his coming out and how he's healed from revealing his secret to his family, friends, community, and the world. And he tells the story of meeting his boyfriend, whom he would marry and who would eventually become a major Democratic leader. With unflinching honesty, unflappable courage, and great warmth, Chasten Buttigieg relays his experience of growing up in America and embracing his true self, while inspiring others to do the same.
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Sharpeipup
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Woke up with a possible eye infection which might dampen my weekend reading plans 👀

julesG Hope you feel better soon. 3mo
Sharpeipup Thanks @julesg luckily the doctor fit me in and I have medicine 3mo
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MilesnMelodies
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Living my best life today while working a Barnes and Noble fundraiser for work.

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An easy, interesting listen.

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TiminCalifornia
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Honest, humorous and straightforward memoir. Could relate to many things but particularly the challenge not to feel inferior when everyone else in the room has an Ivy League education and your alma mater is a state school. No matter how kind the people are and how liberal their politics, there‘s often a whiff of classism. Even as a spouse Chasten could bring an important voice and lived experience to politics at a national level.

FelinesAndFelonies I love Chasten and Pete so hard. ❤️ 2y
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Hollie
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I am finishing my last book of 2020 with this sweet girl on my lap. Sophie looks pissed here, but she‘s just mid purr (and probably mildly disgruntled that I stopped petting to type this post). Later today, I intend to avoid cleaning/course prep to reflect on my reading log (only 68 books this year 😭) and try and identify a top 10.

AmyG All those whiskers! 🙌🏻💕 2y
LeahBergen That look! 😂😂 2y
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DarcysMom
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#audiowalk #cloudlibrary #litsywalkers #nonfiction2020

It was a gorgeous afternoon for a walk! I love when there is snow on the foothills.

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Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 2y
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Hollie
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My boys did well! (With a little help from Owen‘s stepmom 😍.) Anthony also got me some bubble bath and a bathtub board with a place to prop up my books in the bath! I‘m all set for holiday reading :). Happy holidays, littens!

Bookzombie Happy Holidays!!! 2y
Suet624 Yippee! Great reads! 2y
Hollie @Bookzombie @Suet624 ♥️♥️♥️ 2y
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Let's talk about husbands. Mine surprised me with this amazing pastry at work on a stressful day. Mayor Pete's husband wrote a book about his early life, meeting Pete, and being on the campaign trail for the Democratic nomination for president. I love Pete and I think he would have been an excellent and stabilizing force for America, which he still can be/already is in other roles. Chasten is down to earth and inspiring in this memoir.

AmyG I really liked Mayor Pete, too. He has a real future in politics. 2y
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🏳️‍🌈⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I enjoyed listening to this audiobook. I highly recommend this book 📖. Chasten is very authentic in telling his story. He has a great sense of humor and he‘s relatable. Chasten keeps the listener engaged in his story.

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goodbyefrancie
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One of these things doesn't belong there. 🤷‍♀️ #crazyDaisy #CatsOfLitsy

BiblioLitten 😅 2y
Moonprismpower No! He belongs!!!!! 2y
Scochrane26 So cute! I think she does belong. 2y
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Twainy AWWWWW 🤗 2y
Lcsmcat 😻 kitties belong everywhere. 2y
ravenlee Hmm, is it the typewriter? 2y
BookishMarginalia She‘s adorable! And she has grown so much! 2y
goodbyefrancie @BookishMarginalia She's getting fat! We have five, and it would be hard to say which one is more spoiled. 2y
BookishMarginalia We have 5 too! All spoiled rotten, of course! 2y
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If I'm reading Nonfiction it's usually via Audible. Especially Memoirs. If I'm interested enough in person's life to read their book usually I like their voice. Who better to tell story than the person who lived it? First heard Chasten Buttigieg's name in article about how cheery he was on Twitter. You get that postive attitude here. Something the world needs. Midwestern Charm that I thoroughly enjoyed listening to while I worked in my garden.

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A Hard Worker; from the time he was old enough to work he was always working. 2 - 3 jobs and going to school. But he's very honest about his mistakes. How he had a hard time settling on a career path. The first in his family to go to college, he didn't have a realistic idea or guidance about the cost of college and he ended up with massive student debt. ⬇️

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Crinoline_Laphroaig "While I was studying, student loans kept me from sinking below the level of constantly broke. Afterward, having to pay them back kept me from rising above it." ⬇️ 2y
Crinoline_Laphroaig He talks of his insecurity. Of feeling like a failure because of debt and expecting Pete to dump him because of it. Obviously that didn't happen. It's a story with a wonderful principle of “I love you. How can I help?”

You get to hear the behind the scenes of the campaign. How grueling it is, but "focus on the good that comes from rolling up your sleeves and doing the work."
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CocoReads I need to get ahold of this. I adore Mayor Pete and Chasten both. (Yeah, I know he‘s not Mayor Pete anymore but it‘s hard to stop calling him that). They are great together. 2y
Crinoline_Laphroaig @CocoReads I kinda think he'll be Mayor Pete forever. Hopefully he'll run again and he can be President Pete. 🤞🏻 2y
CocoReads @Crinoline_Laphroaig I sure hope so! I actually live in South Bend so I‘m pulling for him! 2y
Crinoline_Laphroaig @CocoReads I read Mayor Pete's book as well. That Chapter where he jogs through South Bend in the early morning he made it sound so interesting. I need to visit someday. 2y
CocoReads @Crinoline_Laphroaig a family friend‘s son had an internship with him and went on a few of those jogs. It‘s not a bad place to live, although the hub a@d I both work in Michigan so we‘ve started thinking about moving north in the next few years 2y
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Chasten was definitely the least wooden spouse on the 2020 campaign trail, and in this book, he continues to show his empathy, humor, and authenticity. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing about his midwestern roots, his love story with Pete, and the grueling, yet inspirational campaign trail. #audiobook 4.5⭐️🎧

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goodbyefrancie
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Lucy and I are looking forward to reading this one over the weekend.

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Megabooks First man someday?? 😊 2y
melissajayne @Megabooks I hope so! 2y
GingerAntics Oh I can‘t wait to hear about this. I think Chasten and Peter are so freakin cute!!! Here‘s hoping he‘s the first man one day. I still think Pete would make an amazing president. 2y
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goodbyefrancie @GingerAntics I agree completely! 2y
GingerAntics I need a cute couple back in the White House. I was spoiled by the Obama‘s. Would love the Buttigieg‘s next. 2y
GreenGrl87 Please tell this cat I love her 😻 2y
goodbyefrancie @GreenGrl87 Done! She looked very impressed, as cats do. 😉 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awww Lucy 😽 2y
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bookishkai
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SO excited to start this. I was rooting for Mayor Pete, but I really love Chasten for his bravery and honesty, and his love of kids and teaching (and arts education!)

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MelissaSue81
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Remember my #readthecandidates challenge. The best part of it was that I found Pete Buttigieg. I was all in #teampete right up til the End. So when I saw this book coming out I knew I needed to read it ASAP. It did not disappoint. Chasten is SO real! He is honest and hilarious, but his life has NOT been easy. This book made me feel like I know him. So good, and it made me cry a few times too!

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I have gotten some INCREDIBLE ARCs this week from #netgalley and #edelweiss . I have been checking obsessively for this one to be available and I am so excited to start it. I Looooooove Chasten!!!

Crazeedi I got access to some really good ones too!! Whoohoo!! 2y
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Is anyone else sooooo excited for this?! Just saw he is definitely narrating the audiobook himself too!!

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