The Side Effects of Bravery

May Cause Drowsiness & Blurred Vision


In 2008, Gloria Squitiro was legally banned from the Kansas City, MO City Hall office where her husband, Mark Funkhouser (“Funk”) was mayor. She made headlines on Good Morning America, Fox and Friends, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, and The Washington Post. Even Great Britain’s left-wing The Guardian and America’s right-wing Rush Limbaugh—did stories about her.

Funk calls her “A Skydiver Afraid of Heights.” Someone who figures out how to spend a cost-free summer in Europe, arranges it all, but when it’s time to leave, has an anxiety attack walking out the door.

In this first volume of her humorous, sharp-witted, and brutally honest memoir, Gloria pushes past her fears and spends the summer abroad before setting up a campaign headquarters. Then, without any experience, she helps Funk cross the finish line—only to learn that being Kansas City’s First Lady will be much more difficult than she could’ve ever imagined (but those stories are saved for later books).

In sharing her story of courage and becoming her New and Better Self Gloria hopes to inspire others to step out in confidence, to make a difference where it counts, and to stand up for others . . . and yourself.