A Biography of the First Lady


By Julie Pace

By Darlene Superville

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The personal and political life of First Lady Dr. Jill Biden

Dr. Jill Biden has been described as President Joe Biden’s greatest political asset. Like many women of her generation, she holds her commitments as wife, mother and grandmother at the center of her life. She is a professor, earned a doctorate in educational leadership, and taught at Northern Virginia Community College. She broke barriers as First Lady as the first to hold a paying job outside the White House. “Jill” is the story of this accomplished American woman.
From her earliest days dating Senator Biden, to her embrace of Biden’s young sons Beau and Hunter Biden and the birth of their daughter Ashley; her role by Joe Biden’s side through Senate reelection race after Senate reelection race; her years as Second Lady; to Joe’s successful third run for the Democratic presidential nomination, Jill has lived in the public eye. In this deeply reported biography, Julie Pace and Darlene Superville of The Associated Press, along with writer Evelyn M. Duffy, reveal some of the private sides of Jill Biden. We come to better understand her personality, which has held the Biden family together through tragedy and good fortune alike.


  • "Up to date through late 2021, this is a satisfying, enlightening profile of a talented woman redefining the role of First Lady."
  • “Pace and Superville draw on memoirs by Jill, Joe, and Hunter Biden; published interviews, articles, and biographical material; and an interview with Jill herself to create an admiring biography of the first lady… The authors portray Jill as a devoted, practical, energetic mother and wife, able to juggle family life, public responsibilities, and teaching, to which she is wholly committed. In short, brisk chapters, the authors recount Jill’s busy, productive life: engaging in Joe’s presidential runs, supporting military families, and responding to family challenges, including the death of Beau Biden from brain cancer and Hunter’s problems with addiction. A fond portrait of a woman anyone would want as a friend.”
    Kirkus Reviews
  • "In Jill: A Biography of the First Lady, authors Darlene Superville and Julie Pace chart the story of Jill meeting Joe (and making him propose five times!), becoming a mother to Beau, Hunter, and Ashley, going through three presidential elections, and breaking barriers with her decision to work outside the White House."
    Vanity Fair
  • "With Jill: A Biography of the First Lady, AP reporters Darlene Superville and Julie Pace shine a light on the lifelong educator and Biden family protector."
  • “Associated Press journalists Pace and Superville offer a deep dive into the personal and political life of first lady Jill Biden in this deeply reported biography of the woman who holds the Biden family together.”
    USA Today
  • “[Dr. Jill Biden’s] devotion and vigilance – often enacted publicly but deeply ingrained in her private self – are explored in depth…the book is extensively reported and features interviews with some of the first lady’s dearest relatives and friends.”
  • Jill: A Biography of the First Lady examines how Biden’s commitment to her work has defined the first family as much as her husband’s own political career and ambitions.”
    The 19th

On Sale
Apr 19, 2022
Page Count
320 pages

Julie Pace

About the Author

Julie Pace is Executive Editor of the Associated Press. Previously she was Washington bureau chief and White House correspondent. Pace won the White House Correspondents’ Association Merriman Smith Award in 2013.
Darlene Superville is a White House reporter at The Associated Press, where she has worked for over thirty years on political beats. She covered President Obama’s and President Trump’s terms. 

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