Our governor isn't boring. Luckily, his new autobiography isn't either.
By John Hickenlooper, with Maximillian Potter (Penguin Press, May 2016)
—Photo courtesy of Penguin Press
We don’t usually read politicians’ autobiographies because they’re often self-serving and boring. Fortunately, Colorado’s governor isn’t like other elected officials, a fact he emphasizes throughout The Opposite of Woe. (Full disclosure: Co-author Maximillian Potter is the former executive editor of 5280.) The first half of the book reads like a coming-of-age novel. Our protagonist has his heart broken, watches Deep Throat with his mom, and smokes weed with Yoko Ono (really). There are character-defining obstacles to overcome, too, the most significant being the premature death of Hickenlooper’s father. Toward the end, the telling of Hickenlooper’s political life reads a bit like bullet-pointed accolades on a resumé, but what do you expect? He’s a politician angling for higher office. At least he’s not boring about it.