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andlt;Bandgt;In this brave, beautiful, and deeply personal memoir, Laura Bush, one of our most beloved and private first ladies, tells her own extraordinary story.andnbsp;andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Born in the boom-and-bust oil town of Midland, Texas, Laura Welch grew up as an only child in a family that lost three babies to miscarriage or infant death. She vividly evokes Midland's brash, rugged culture, her close relationship with her father, and the bonds of early friendships that sustain her to this day. For the first time, in heart-wrenching detail, she writes about the devastating high school car accident that left her friend Mike Douglas dead and about her decades of unspoken grief.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;When Laura Welch first left West Texas in 1964, she never imagined that her journey would lead her to the world stage and the White House. After graduating from Southern Methodist University in 1968, in the thick of student rebellions across the country and at the dawn of the women's movement, she became an elementary school teacher, working in inner-city schools, then trained to be a librarian. At age thirty, she met George W. Bush, whom she had last passed in the hallway in seventh grade. Three months later, "the old maid of Midland married Midland's most eligible bachelor." With rare intimacy and candor, Laura Bush writes about her early married life as she was thrust into one of America's most prominent political families, as well as her deep longing for children and her husband's decision to give up drinking. By 1993, she found herself in the full glare of the political spotlight. But just as her husband won the Texas governorship in a stunning upset victory, her father, Harold Welch, was dying in Midland.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;In 2001, after one of the closest elections in American history, Laura Bush moved into the White House. Here she captures presidential life in the harrowing days and weeks after 9/11, when fighter-jet cover echoed through the walls and security scares sent the family to an underground shelter. She writes openly about the White House during wartime, the withering and relentless media spotlight, and the transformation of her role as she began to understand the power of the first lady. One of the first U.S. officials to visit war-torn Afghanistan, she also reached out to disease-stricken African nations and tirelessly advocated for women in the Middle East and dissidents in Burma. She championed programs to get kids out of gangs and to stop urban violence. And she was a major force in rebuilding Gulf Coast schools and libraries post-Katrina. Movingly, she writes of her visits with U.S. troops and their loved ones, and of her empathy for and immense gratitude to military families.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;With deft humor and a sharp eye, Laura Bush lifts the curtain on what really happens inside the White House, from presidential finances to the 175-year-old tradition of separate bedrooms for presidents and their wives to the antics of some White House guests and even a few members of Congress. She writes with honesty and eloquence about her family, her public triumphs, and her personal tribulations. Laura Bush's compassion, her sense of humor, her grace, and her uncommon willingness to bare her heart make this story revelatory, beautifully rendered, and unlike any other first lady's memoir ever written.

About the Author

Laura Bush was First Lady of the United States from 2001 to 2009. She founded both the National Book Festival and the Texas Book Festival.

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writermala, March 15, 2011 (view all comments by writermala)
Laura Bush was perhaps he most commented on First Lady. Nothing she did could please all the people. Yet in her own quiet way this compassionate, dignified, caring and brave woman did her bit to change the world and help the less fortunate.

In this book Laura Bush really speaks from the heart. More importantly she speaks to our hearts and tells us all.

Indeed a very valuable memoir.
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carie29_, January 7, 2011 (view all comments by carie29_)
Such a great read! Many people may be quick to dismiss this book because of their opinion of George W. Bush. But by doing that, one would be missing out on an exceptional read.

The former first lady has done an excellent job of writing a memoir that is vivid and full of interesting detail. Being a teacher by profession, and a lover of books, she tends to explains events in her life by by including a great deal of U.S and even world history, which makes for a very educational and informational read.

The conversational style in which this book is written makes one feel like a close relative or friend, invited over for a good long chat and some tea.

I absolutely loved this book!
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Whispering Winds Book Reviews, January 2, 2011 (view all comments by Whispering Winds Book Reviews)
Spoken from the Heart
This book is so moving in many ways. I have laughed and cried while reading it. Laura Bush has gone from the small oil town of Midland, TX, to the Governor’s Mansion in TX, to the “White House,” as our First Lady. I want to emphasize Lady as she is gracious, charming, elegant, smart and beautiful. She did not use her book as a platform to knock all of those who have said such terrible things about President Bush or herself.

I had no idea how much was expected from a First Lady until I read this book. Nor did I realize how little private time they have for their family and friends. Laura Bush has worked hard to make people aware of the basic needs that everyone should have around the world. Women’s rights in Afghanistan, to literacy, both here and abroad. These are just a few of the many things she has done. To list them all would take up several pages. But she points them out in her book in hopes that others will still get on board and help.

Laura has really opened up and shared a large part of her personal life with us in this book. While there were others who wanted her to be something different than what she was; Laura Bush stayed true to who she is. She is still the girl next door and a loyal friend.

I feel honored to have had her as our First Lady, and all that she has done. Laura Bush has “true grit” and it doesn’t come any better than that.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781439155202
Author:
Bush, Laura
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Author:
Bush, Laura
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Presidents & Heads of State
Subject:
Political
Subject:
First Ladies
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Presidents' spouses -- United States.
Subject:
Bush, George W
Subject:
Biography-First Ladies
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
George W; George W. Bush; 9/11; George H.W. Bush; Barbara Bush; Jeb Bush; Republicans; Laura Welch; All the Best, George Bush; libraries; librarian; Texas; memoir; Midland; In My Time; Dick Cheney; Christianity; White House; Jen Bush; teachers; teaching;
Subject:
George W; George W. Bush; 9/11; George H.W. Bush; Barbara Bush; Jeb Bush; Republicans; Laura Welch; All the Best, George Bush; libraries; librarian; Texas; memoir; Midland; In My Time; Dick Cheney; Christianity; White House; Jen Bush; teachers; teaching;
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20100531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
3 8-p 4/c inserts; rough front
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
9.42x6.58x1.51 in. 1.92 lbs.

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