Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) did not appear to have a strong showing with her new book.
The progressive firebrand and member of the “Squad” in Congress sold 729 copies of her memoir The Forerunner: A Story of Pain and Perseverance in America during the first week of sales, the New York Post reported, citing NPD BookScan. The following week, she only sold 288 copies.
“From one of America’s most transformative politicians and activists, a powerful and inspiring memoir that sheds light on a harrowing personal journey and reveals how urgently we need our political leadership to prioritize meeting the needs of our most marginalized communities,” a description of her book reads.
Her memoir focuses on her time working a minimum-wage job, surviving sexual violence, and rising through the political ranks into Congress. She was paid at least $50,000 by the publisher, according to financial disclosure reports.
Bush’s book hit bookshelves on Oct. 4, and the congresswoman did a media blitz promoting it. At one point, while promoting the book, she recounted a painful memory of what she described as a forced abortion that she endured at the age of 19.
“I thought I was ready. And I went in, and I went through all the steps because … it’s almost like an assembly line,” Bush recalled in an interview on Firing Line. “I was helped up onto the table by the nurse. And I lay there. And I started to think, ‘Well, one, I didn’t tell the father, that that was about to happen.’ And I just felt like I needed more time.”
“The nurse just wouldn’t listen to me, and I said, ‘No, I’m not ready.’ And as I’m saying, ‘No,’ they continue[d] to pull the instruments and get everything ready. And [they were] just like, ‘No, calm down,'” Bush added.
The congresswoman is a member of the “Squad” in Congress, which includes staunch progressives such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN). She is one of two Democrats alongside Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) in Missouri’s congressional delegation. Her district covers all of St. Louis and much of St. Louis County.