Coya Come Home
A Congresswoman's JourneyBook - 1990
Coya Knutson told the press that "Family matters are personal and I will not discuss them in public." Now, Pomegranate Press is publishing COYA COME HOME, the intimate biography of Congresswoman Coya Knutson, the Minnesota farmwife who took Washington by storm... and the true story behind the "Coya, Come Home" newspaper headlines that jolted the world."Sparkling, exuberant, bubbling, energetic... she was heading for the moon.She was full of life, electric - and people liked her.Shecould go into a room and get the dead to wake up."Vice-President Walter F. Mondale "COYA COME HOME," a newspaper headline that reverberated around the world in May 1958, referred to the publication of a letter written by Congresswoman Knutson's husband demanding that she abandon her political aspirations and return home to be a full-time housewife. He charged that the 45-year-old Congresswoman and her handsome 29-year-old administrative assistant were having a love affair. As a consequence of "the letter," Coya Knutson lost her Congressional seat; her personal life wasin shambles and her political career was permanently destroyed. For many readers it was simply an amusing tale of the hayseed farmer who wanted his pretty blonde wife back home in the kitchen rather than on Capitol Hill. However, it was also a story of political intrigue, domestic violence and the stifling social attitudes of the time.
Publisher: Los Angeles, : Pomegranate Press, Ltd. , c1990
Branch Call Number: B KNUTSO,C
Characteristics: 334 p.,  p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm