Debbie Wasserman Schultz
We caught up with U.S. Rep. Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., by phone Jan. 14, a day after she returned home from Arizona. Wasserman Schultz, along with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, was at the hospital bedside of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords when Giffords first fluttered open her eyes on Jan. 12. Giffords and Wasserman Schultz have been close friends for several years. "I've replayed the moment in my mind already countless times," she said. "And my heart is so full from being able to be there with her and her family. Like I've said, it is totally about the power of girlfriends." Wasserman Schultz, 44, lives in Weston with her husband, Steve Schultz, and their three children. She has represented Florida's congressional District 20 since 2005.
What's on your nightstand?
Right now I'm reading Jews, God and History by Max Dimont. I recommend it for those wanting a readable overview of Jewish history. When I was in Israel in September, I saw it there, but you can get it in the U.S. The next book I'll read is Mother Leads Best: 50 Women Who Are Changing the Way Organizations Define Leadership by Moe Grzelakowski.
Is Mother Leads Best for work or personal?
Oh, my personal life, I need all the help and advice I can get.
Who is your favorite author?
I love to read Maeve Binchy, an Irish author. Her characters stay with you. You close her books and you want to know what happens to them next. Also, since my job deals with intensity and controversy, I enjoy how the books can take you away to another place.
Piper Castillo, Times staff writer