The classic #1 New York Times bestselling memoir, celebrating the life and legacy of First Lady Barbara Bush—now updated with new forewords from her five children, including reflections from George W. and Jeb, as featured on A&E’s Biography.
Barbara Bush endures as one of America’s most popular First Ladies. She has won worldwide acclaim for her wit, compassion, and candor as both a presidential wife and mother. In this fascinating memoir, Mrs. Bush offers a heartfelt portrait of her life in and out of the White House, from her small-town schoolgirl days in Rye, New York, to her fateful union with George H.W. Bush, to her role as First Lady of the United States. Here, she writes candidly about her early years with George Bush in West Texas and the tragic death of their young daughter, Pauline. She also discusses the world of Washington politics and the famous figures she’s met, as well as the disappointment of the 1992 presidential campaign—and the mixed blessing of regaining her private life, including her role as the nation’s leading literacy champion.
Filled with entertaining anecdotes, thirty-two pages of personal photographs, and a healthy dose of introspection, this memoir is “a book of good grace and humor—written in a style that, like the author herself, is straightforward, unembellished, generous, good-hearted, and wise…A pleasure” (The Washington Times).
Up close, personal, and fun reading.
From the stories of her life, to the more insider style of anecdotes, Barbara is so up close and personal that after reading if you got a chance to meet her you may feel weird calling her "Mrs. Bush" and you may feel more inclined to call her "Bar". For a woman who has silver spoons falling out of her purse, and who has had the help pick them up for her, Barbara proves to be down to earth and in touch with the common people. A lover of life, family and religion, as well as her detailed descriptions of life in the White House keep one turning pages. The only thing better is her occasional good humor, I share a sample, "I also wrote in my diary about two magazine covers Millie [her dog] and I appeared on: 'In both...it looks as though I had forgotten to iron my face.'" (359). She tells it as if you are her best friend! Yes this is not the latest First Lady, yes I feel she is one of the greatest. But don't get me wrong, if this book sucked, I would gladly say so. Great insight, great personal touch, great read.