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Hillary Clinton Remembers Her Mother In New Memoir

05/11/2014 01:19 pm ET | Updated May 11, 2014
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Hillary Clinton's highly anticipated memoir won't be released for another month, but an excerpt published Sunday is offering a first glimpse at the former secretary of state's new book.

In honor of Mother's Day, Vogue published a portion of Clinton's reflections on her mother, Dorothy Howell Rodham, who died in 2011 at age 92. Clinton notes the impact her mother had on Chelsea, the Clintons' only child, who is expecting a child of her own later this year.

"For Chelsea, her grandmother was one of the most important figures in her life," Clinton writes. "Mom helped Chelsea navigate the unique challenges of growing up in the public eye and, when she was ready, encouraged her to pursue her passion for service and philanthropy. Even in her 90s, Mom never lost her commitment to social justice, which did so much to mold and inspire me when I was growing up. I loved that she was able to do the same for Chelsea."

The former first lady also details her mother's upbringing, which Clinton describes as "marked by trauma and abandonment."

"How did she emerge from this lonely early life as such a loving and levelheaded woman?" Clinton writes. "I’ll never forget how she replied. 'At critical points in my life somebody showed me kindness,' she said."

Clinton's memoir hits bookstores on June 10. The book focuses on her time at the State Department.

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