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This memoir by the fraternal Bush twins has the forward by their mother, Laura Bush. Jenna Bush Hager is a correspondent for NBC’s Today Show and Barbara Pierce Bush is CEO and founder of Global Health Corps.
They discuss their early life in Midland Texas and attending high school in Austin, Texas when their father was Governor. They tell about life in the Governor’s Mansion and in the White House.
The book is full of heartwarming anecdotes as well as humorous ones. The reader gets a glimpse into the life of the Bushes as well as that of the senior Bush family. Barbara “the Enforcer” Bush has several great one-liners. They discussed the effects on the family watching their maternal grandfather decline due to his Alzheimer’s disease. This is not a political book but a family story.
The book is six and a half hours long. The Bush twins narrated the book. Great to hear their stories in their own voice. It seems to make the book more personal.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
If you like autobiographies and the sound of the authors' reading, this is a touching collection of many stories beyond politics. The Bush Girls establish their own independence and tell stories of their remarkable parents and grandparents ability and determination to raise them in a healthy home despite their fishbowl life.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Sisters First?
To learn that after Barbara experienced heartbreak, her father texted her every morning with supportive words, a Bible reference, or just an emoji. She would text or emoji back. I told my husband how much it means to our daughter to do likewise and he took that to heart and started making contact every morning with her and they are closer. George W, regardless of his position, is a warm-hearted father who adores the women in his family and shows what Love is. Any negative opinions of him melted away and my respect for him grows. He truly does care for and honors veterans.
Which scene was your favorite?
When the girls ordered peanut butter sandwiches from the staff at the White House from the bowling alley by phone to the staff when their grandfather was president, and instead they got a personal visit by their grandmother Barbara Bush who informed them they were guests and to never ever do that again. It was something I would have done as a kid probably, but Grandma had her standards and demanded respect for others and for the White House and the office of the presidency. Touching.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Their Grandfather, President Bush, greeting Jenna and placing his hand on her stomach on Christmas day in the hospital when his condition turned grave and him telling her he couldn't wait until he met the new baby.. She broke down crying and believed he would never meet her child, whereas, his wife, Barbara talked nonstop about how he was going to meet the baby and all the things he had yet to do, that he could not die, and he didn't. Also, it was touching to hear one of the girls state that every night, the President and Barbara Bush hold hands when falling asleep.
Any additional comments?
Having children about their age, and hearing all that they did, as normal kids do, I recognized how normal they were, as well as mine were, and how much our children mature and come back to the nest and their roots with love and loyalty and greater understanding. I did not vote for their parents and grandparents, but I adore and respect them greatly, so don't shy away from this book as it is sans politics--a good lesson in today's atmosphere. Also, I am in admiration and in awe of Barbara's dedicated work for AIDs resources in our country and Africa. I want my children to do the same--be caring human beings and taking care of our planet near and far and their family. I needed that inspirational book and was so moved that I donated (unasked) to their organization for global health.
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