A deeply personal memoir about finding family and belonging from White House staffer Robin F. Schepper.
Growing up torn between her single Pan Am–stewardess mom and brothel-owning grandmother in 1960s New York City, Robin F. Schepper never imagined that she’d one day have an office in the East Wing of the White House. Her childhood in a German American neighborhood on the Upper East Side was peppered with half-truths, from the family secrets surrounding her grandmother’s immigration to deceptions about her biological father.
In a world of self-absorbed adults, Robin largely raised herself: she secured a scholarship to a prestigious private school and worked several jobs as a teenager to pay her own living expenses before finally escaping to California for college. Street-smart and undeniably driven, once in the professional world Robin quickly ascended in the male-dominated political sphere, traveling the globe while being subjected to sexual harassment and assaults that echoed obstacles her mother and grandmother had faced. Through it all, Robin searched for her biological father. She felt that if she could understand why he abandoned her, she could free herself from secrets, lies, and shame.
Robin eventually ascended to work for the First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama and, in the meantime, created her own family by adopting two sons from Kazakhstan. Intimate and captivating, Finding My Way follows an ambitious woman who reached the highest pinnacles of a political career while simultaneously fulfilling her own quest to heal from family trauma and discover her true identity.
For more than thirty years, I served at the highest levels of American politics and government. I worked on four presidential campaigns and in the Clinton White House, was staff director for the Senate Democratic Technology and Communications Committee under Senator Tom Daschle and served in the Obama White House as the first executive director of Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity initiative, Let’s Move! I have advised numerous non-profits and helped draft policy reports for the Bipartisan Policy Center. I live in Steamboat Springs, Colorado with my husband, kids and rescue dogs.
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I have been fascinated about other people’s family history mainly because I did not know one-half of mine. I have been intrigued by memoir writers’ descriptions of their childhoods, feeling like a detective looking for clues as to why they wrote and if their experiences could give me clues to my personality and longing for belonging. The more memoirs I read, the more confident I became in believing that I had a story to tell, and my voice could help others in their quest for family and identity. I hope you enjoy my list of books as well as my own memoir. Let me know what you think. Read more in the link below.
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photo credit: Official White House photography office, First Lady Michelle Obama meeting my kids for the first time on my last day of work at the White House.