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Barbara Bush: A Memoir

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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 #1 New York Times bestselling 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 ...more
Paperback, 592 pages
Published October 28th 2003 by Scribner (first published 1994)
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May 12, 2011 Naomi rated it really liked it
I loved this book and have repeatedly recommended it. I believe this book is 600 pages long and I read it in less than 3 days because I could not put it down. Hands down, BB is my favorite first lady of all time. She never ceases to crack me up with her unpretentious, sarcastic wit that even has me blushing on occasions and asking if she really just said that! I was not as crazy with the follow-up to this book so make sure to get the right book as the covers are very similiar.
Apr 13, 2008 Bobbie rated it really liked it
This is a fun, rollicking read. Barbara Bush was very well-suited to the job of first lady. She is blessed with charm, fortitude, the ability to enjoy (or at least pretend to enjoy) attending one function after another, and a seemingly cast-iron stomach. She also has a wonderful sense of humor, which makes the book a joy to read. Looking for the inside story? Barbara Bush tells it like it is, and doesn't clean up her stories to protect the sensibilities of anyone, whether they be a former head o ...more
John Denver
Apr 29, 2015 John Denver rated it it was ok
It's in my house. on my mantle

in my
Mar 26, 2012 Verona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Barbara Bush, her style, her personality, her mothering, her stand on things she believes in, her love of family and her husband, her loyalty, and more! I supported her husband as our president, and later her son as our president. I believe she had great influence on these men in her life and helped them to be the great leaders and great in personal values that they were. I enjoyed reading about her in this book. It just helped me admire her more.
Jun 30, 2014 Margaret rated it it was amazing
Every time I picked up this book, it was like kicking off my shoes, curling up in an armchair with a cup of tea and chatting with Mrs. Bush just as if she were in my living room. I found her to be honest, witty, caring, and "real".

Faith, family, friends. That's what Mrs. Bush believes in and that comes across in every incident that she relates from her times as Vice Presidents' wife and then First Lady. Her diary entries were fascinating and kept my head spinning with all the events she attended
Craig Adamson
Feb 14, 2016 Craig Adamson rated it it was ok
Barbara Bush seems to be one of the nicest people on earth. The funniest and most heart-warming part about this book is that she genuinely likes everyone and can't compliment people enough. You just don't find that in America, let along someone who was involved in state, federal, and international politics all her life via her husband. She shows it is both good and honorable to treat people with respect, and she really values friendships and loyalty. And therefore she is quite a devoted wife and ...more
Nov 17, 2014 Gophergirl58 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Where hasn't this lady been? What has surprised me most in reading former First Lady Barbara Bush's memoir is how extensively she traveled, both with and without her husband during their political years. I did end up with a slightly different view of Mrs. Bush after reading this, and really tired of her editor still allowing so many times of the words "marvelous," "lovely," and "glorious" as it was tiring and I do not wish to hear these words for awhile now, LOL. But talk about President George ...more
Jan 07, 2014 Patriciadubray rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with this woman and love who she is and what she represents. A great read.
Janis Knecht
Apr 27, 2015 Janis Knecht rated it really liked it
Despite her privileged background, Barbara Bush came across as an ordinary woman with extraordinary qualities of wisdom and compassion. Both she and her husband were raised to make their lives useful and to do good. Throughout the book, Barbara's dedication to these Puritan ideals shines through.

She is never pompous or ostentatious. You feel as though if you sat next to her on a three hour flight and you could talk with her, and depart with your mood lifted. This memoir is the graceful written a
Kendra Fletcher
Jul 04, 2012 Kendra Fletcher rated it really liked it
What a remarkable woman.
Benjamin Thomas
Generally speaking, I don’t spend a lot of my reading time reading political memoires, and especially not autobiographies. I feel certain they are edited to present the best possible light on the subject. However, it is December, and I often round out the year by reading books that I might not otherwise pick up in an effort to expand my horizons. This book came to me via my parents’ bookshelves and I thought since both Barbara and George Bush are nearing the end of fascinating lives I would take ...more
Jun 04, 2014 Michelle rated it liked it
I had a very hard time getting through this book and yet there were parts of it that I thoroughly enjoyed reading; in particular the behind the scenes personal relationships with all the foreign ambassadors, pranks and private jokes, real life in the White House etc. The e-version of my book was chocked full of errors so that in itself was hard to ignore. How does this happen? Doesn't someone check these things? My expectations for the book were to "get the know" the former First Lady and that w ...more
Christopher Wensley
Mar 15, 2011 Christopher Wensley rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
I only have a few memories of Barbara Bush, all of them good, but it is funny how someone who once so dominated the headlines can disappear with nary a word later in life. Having found the time to read her memoir, it was a fun experience to step into the Bush 41 White House for a few days and meet a real terrific woman.
Barbara Bush: A Memoir is one of the best edited political autobiographies, it avoids the usually pratfalls that doom many a reader. The auto-bio always seems to start off page 1
Apr 25, 2014 Jeff rated it really liked it
She's an excellent writer and included a good mix of information about her own life along with her husband and family. that was a relief as I wondered if it would be all about George Bush, but she included a lot of commentary from her perspective as well.

especially informative was the behind the scenes info about life as a VP or President.

With this book, she confirmed her status as the best First Lady of the last 40 years (or longer).
Feb 25, 2010 Connie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Barbara started her preface by stating that she had led a life of privilege and no one has ever had a better life. Seriously, it made me want to gag and I thought about not even reading the book. But I am so glad I decided to continue on. She truly made the best of everything that life dealt to her and made her own life of privilege.

I loved reading about her and George in their early years of marriage, and wish there would have been more of it.

She is such a devoted wife and mother. I had no ide
Jan 26, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it
I am sure that Michael is so done with me reading this book because I keep wanting to talk about it. I have every reason not to like this book: it is like 600 pages, full of name-dropping, and sometimes it digresses into the ramblings of an old lady...yet I really enjoyed it. The book is 20 years old, rather than make the book less interesting, it made it more so. She was writing it just as she was leaving the White House and the Clinton's were beginning their terms. One of the reasons I picked ...more
Mary Beall
Apr 16, 2016 Mary Beall rated it really liked it
Autobiography written by a lovely woman who I grew to respect so much after reading about their life as president and first lady of the USA. It also gives you a glimpse of what it's like to be president, travel the world meeting world leaders and the awesome responsibilty of holding this title.
Elijah Christopher
The only reason I picked up this book was because I liked the unusual shade of blue it portrays, I didn't care to read the title. Bush is good at documenting, but she can't write. This book was painful to get through, mostly because I could care less about hearing about an average life. I gave this book two stars because I found a quote in it that I liked. Also, Bush appears to be a moral person who cares for her husband and family. That is an essential aspect that is being thrown away in this d ...more
Jul 14, 2007 Kim rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
Barbara Bush is a fun, engaging, interesting, poignant, self-effacing writer. I learned a lot about the Bush dynasty through her book; which is an intriguing subject by itself. It was fun to read about their lives as seen through her eyes. After reading this I ended up listening to it as an audio book, which is read by the author. I think I enjoyed it more! It was wonderful to listen to her tell her own stories. Whether you are Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative, most can agree that ...more
Jun 30, 2015 Kathie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first half of the book was very interesting but after he won the presidential race I lost interest. Maybe because I knew about his presidency I wasn't as interested. Barbara and George seem like very nice people.
Aug 22, 2014 Hope rated it really liked it
This book shows why B.B. is one of America's favorite first ladies: she's unpretentious and "real," yet gracious too. (even when talking about political enemies)

Jul 26, 2016 Mary rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this much more than I thought I would. She's a real character who has been through a lot. Her commitment to literacy all around the world is commendable.
Feb 15, 2016 Jan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir
I read it when it came out as my husband gave it to me. I didn't want it to end as I felt as if she was sitting with me, talking about her life.
Dianne Bowler
I like her less and George more after reading this. She is clearly settling some scores - but does come across as funny, catty and loyal
Oct 22, 2014 Torie rated it liked it
Barbara Bush is a fascinating woman. You can not know this about her until you read her words with your own eyes.
Mar 31, 2016 E rated it really liked it
A sweet friend gave this book to me a couple years ago and I'm ashamed it has taken me this long to read it. It's a VERY interesting travel-log/biography. It made me think that I need to be more politically literate, and makes me distrust the press even more. Mrs. Bush seems like a very genuine, hard-working, down to earth, lovable lady. I loved hearing about behind the scenes and the 'normal' family type stuff. But I heard that the audio book is read by Mrs. Bush herself and is wonderful. Maybe ...more
Paula Girard
Oct 30, 2014 Paula Girard rated it really liked it
I love the perspective of presidential wives and I LOVE Barbara.
Really wordy in spots, but interesting and well-structered. Had no idea neither Pres. nor Mrs. Bush were not born or raised in Texas. Maine and NY....who knew!
Apr 01, 2008 Clara rated it it was amazing
I remember watching my mom read this book when I was five or six. I remember watching my sister read it when I was 11 or 12. When we picked it up at Goodwill this month, I decided that it was finally my turn to read it. It was an extremely enjoyable book and it was very good for me to read it during this election year, because it reminds me that every person involved in politics is just that...a person. A very timely reminder. I also appreciated how much Mrs. Bush expressed her deep love and res ...more
Sandy Cox
Feb 06, 2015 Sandy Cox rated it really liked it
Very good. MRs Bush has such a sense of humor and she is very candid about every thing.
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Barbara Pierce Bush is the wife of the 41st President of the United States, George H. W. Bush, making her First Lady of the United States from 1989 to 1993. Preceding that, she was the Second Lady of the United States from 1981 to 1989 while her husband was Vice President to Ronald Reagan. She is the mother of U
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