US President Valerie Biden Owens’ sister to write ‘Growing Up Biden’ memoir

Owens, 75, has worked with his older brother for virtually his entire career, dating back to high school in Delaware.

US President Joe Biden’s sister, confidante and longtime political strategist, Valerie Biden Owens, has a book deal.

Céladon Books told The Associated Press Thursday that Owens Grow Biden will be released on April 12 next year. She is expected to cover everything from her childhood as the only girl among four siblings to her “pioneering decades-long professional relationship” with Biden, who has called Owens his best friend. Vogue last year, the magazine dubbed her “The Joe Biden Whisperer.”

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Owens, 75, has worked with his older brother for virtually his entire career, dating back to high school in Delaware. She was successful in her winning run in 1972 for the US Senate and her unsuccessful presidential bids in 1988 and 2008 and served as a key adviser for her election to the White House in 2020. She was also closely involved with her own family , quitting his job as a teacher and moved in with him for four years so she could care for her two sons after he lost his first wife and 13-month-old daughter in a car accident in 1972.

“Valerie Biden was the lifeblood that allowed me to support and then rebuild my family,” Biden wrote in Promises to keep: on life and politics, published in 2007.

Financial terms were not disclosed. Owens was represented by Javelin, the Washington, D.C.-based literary agency, where other clients included former FBI Director James Comey, former National Security Adviser John Bolton and former Speaker of the House John Boehner.

Celadon Books is a division of Macmillan Publishers, which in 2017 published Joe Biden’s promise me daddy, about his son Beau Biden, who died of brain cancer in 2015.

“Our family’s story is very American – full of joy but also clouded by tragedy,” Owens said in a statement. “What we Bidens learned long ago is a timeless lesson: that family matters, that possibility can emerge from pain, and that the bonds that bind us are stronger than anything that could separate us. So it will be the story of a family, but our story, I hope, will resonate and inspire.

Kevin E. Boling