South Dakota governor Kristi Noem tells her rough and tumble story of growing up on a ranch, and how a blessed life of true grit taught her how to lead.
“We don’t complain about things, Kristi. We fix them.” Taking her father’s words to heart, South Dakota's first woman governor Kristi Noem shares heartfelt – and heartbreaking – lessons on making things right in the world, from her childhood on a farm in the vastness of rural America, to the marbled halls of Congress, to the national spotlight amid a global pandemic.
From humorous barnyard battles with feisty cattle and rodeo horses, to the tragic and untimely death of her larger-than-life father, to her decision to her decision to return and run the farm and ranch with her family, Noem invites readers into a life defined by work, faith, and helping others. Noem's reflections are offered in the familiar, unvarnished voice of a woman who later defied Washington’s most powerful politicians and led the people of her small, hardscrabble state through natural disasters, the pain of a global pandemic, and the fear and turmoil that gripped the nation after.
While filled with plenty of candid observations and refreshingly frank assessments of the country's leading figures, the memoir's most powerful moments nevertheless come from honest glimpses into marriage, motherhood, and leadership in an unpredictable time.
Far from a book about politics, Not My First Rodeo is the story of a life lived so far – with characters as richly textured as the Black Hills, and reflections as gentle and powerful as America itself.
Not My First Rodeo
Couldn’t put this book down! A rising star! I LOVED IT!
Kristi is a wonderful story teller. Her book is a great collection of remembrances from her life, her story. I now have a great respect for the first woman governor of South Dakota. Her book has solidified our desire to visit this great state this fall of 2022. Maybe we will run into you and say “hi”.
Proud to be a South Dakotan
This was truly a great read. Kristi Noem painted a perfect picture of South Dakota. I read this book and knew it was totally a story my husband would enjoy. So on an eight hour drive I read it out loud to him. We laughed over the cow stories and I wiped away tears when I read about Mt Rushmore and what it took to get fireworks over the faces again. I’m from South Dakota and I couldn’t be more proud of our Governor Kristi Noem. Truly worth your time! Dina Nielsen