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May Cause Drowsiness and Blurred Vision: The Side Effects of Bravery
They can throw her out, but they can’t shut her up! In 2008, Gloria Squitiro was legally banned from the Kansas City, MO City Hall, where her husband, Mark Funkhouser (“Funk”), was mayor. Good Morning America, Fox and Friends, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, NY Times, USA Today, The Washington Post—even Great Britain’s left-wing The Guardian and America’s right-wing Rush Limbaugh—did stories about her. Funk calls her “a skydiver afraid of heights”—someone who figures out how to spend a cost-free summer in Europe, arranges it all, and then, when it’s time to leave, has an anxiety attack walking out the door … but takes the plunge anyway. This part of their story begins on the eve of leaving for Barcelona, their first home away from home. While sitting on a park bench outside a Kansas City carwash, Gloria and Funk agree that he’ll run for mayor once they’re back. The rest is, literally, part of American history. In this first volume of her humorous, sharp-witted, and brutally honest memoir, Gloria swallows her fear of traveling, sets up a campaign office, and eventually, without any experience whatsoever, manages the campaign, and helps Funk across the finish line—only to learn that being Kansas City’s First Lady will bring legal pitfalls, lost friendships, and personal calamities for her and her family (but those stories are saved for the follow-up books). In sharing her story of courage and becoming her new and better self, Gloria hopes to inspire those who find themselves nodding in agreement to also step out in faith, to make a difference where it counts, and to stand up for others … and yourself.

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