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Jenna Bush Hager

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Jenna Bush Hager is a co-host on NBC’s TODAY Show and an editor-at-large for Southern Living magazine. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope, written after she served as an intern with UNICEF in Latin America. She also co-authored the children’s books Our Great Big Backyard and Read All About It! with her mother. She lives with her husband and two daughters in New York.

In March 2019, she started the #ReadWithJenna Book Club. Her current book is "Great Circle" by Maggie Shipstead Click here to get your copy and join us today!

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Great Circle
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Jenna Hager Jenna Hager said: " Now, more than ever, I love reading about women who chart their own course. As a mom of two little girls and a young boy, I believe it is important to highlight fictional and nonfictional stories of fierce, independent women who don’t conform to what ...more "

 

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" Love seeing all of your kind words about GREAT CIRCLE and Maggie Shipstead's beautiful and empowering book. If you haven't picked up your copy yet, he ...more "
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thank you so much for reading with us so far!!
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" Sreehitha wrote: "I am halfway through the book... I really liked the ship FLORIAN but now i am disgusted by julian.... If i was flora i would have le ...more "
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Good Company by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
Good Company
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Spring is officially here! As we welcome much-anticipated warmer weather, I am excited to recommend the perfect book to take to the park and read outside. “Good Company” by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney is filled with charm, humor and grace. I was captivat ...more
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Now, more than ever, I love reading about women who chart their own course. As a mom of two little girls and a young boy, I believe it is important to highlight fictional and nonfictional stories of fierce, independent women who don’t conform to what ...more
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Jenna Hager added a status update: Tomorrow April 28th, I will be talking to author Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney about her book "Good Company." Tune in to TODAY with Hoda and Jenna and then join us again at 11am ET on the @ReadWithJenna Instagram.! Leave questions for the author in the comments below.
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Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano
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I am thrilled to be teaming up with Book of the Month to share my Read with Jenna book club picks this year. For January, I’ve chosen “Dear Edward,” by Ann Napolitano.

As a 12-year-old, Edward survives a plane crash that takes the lives of 183 passeng
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“Mother-daughter relationships can be complicated and fraught with the effects of moments from the past. My mom knew this and wanted me to know it too. On one visit home, I found an essay from the Washington Post by the linguistics professor Deborah Tannen that had been cut out and left on my desk. My mom, and her mom before her, loved clipping newspaper articles and cartoons from the paper to send to Barbara and me. This article was different. Above it, my mom had written a note: “Dear Benny”—I was “Benny” from the time I was a toddler; the family folklore was that when we were babies, a man approached my parents, commenting on their cute baby boys, and my parents played along, pretending our names were Benjamin and Beauregard, later shorted to Benny and Bo.
In her note, my mom confessed to doing many things that the writer of this piece had done: checking my hair, my appearance. As a teenager, I was continually annoyed by some of her requests: comb your hair; pull up your jeans (remember when low-rise jeans were a thing? It was not a good look, I can assure you!). “Your mother may assume it goes without saying that she is proud of you,” Deborah Tannen wrote. “Everyone knows that. And everyone probably also notices that your bangs are obscuring your vision—and their view of your eyes. Because others won’t say anything, your mother may feel it’s her obligation to tell you.” In leaving her note and the clipping, my mom was reminding me that she accepted and loved me—and that there is no perfect way to be a mother. While we might have questioned some of the things our mother said, we never questioned her love.”
Jenna Bush Hager, Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life

“When my grandfather went to war against Saddam Hussein after the invasion of Kuwait, he wrote a heartfelt letter to my dad about his worries and his fears. I remember the yellow ribbons tied around the trees throughout our suburban Texas neighborhood, and my dad remembers the gravity of the words his father penned: “I guess what I want you to know as a father is this: Every Human life is precious. When the question is asked ‘How many lives are you willing to sacrifice’—it tears at my heart. The answer, of course, is none—none at all.”
When my dad was weighing whether to go to war against Iraq, when intelligence reports were telling him that Iraq had chemical weapons and when Saddam Hussein refused to allow weapons inspectors into his country, he wrote his own heartfelt letter to Barbara and me: “Yesterday I made the hardest decision a president has to make. I ordered young Americans into combat. It was an emotional moment for me because I fully understand the risks of war. More than once, I have hugged and wept with the loved ones of a soldier lost in combat in Afghanistan.” His words spoke of how much he didn’t want to go to war, how he had hoped the battle could be averted.”
Jenna Bush Hager, Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life

“And although some of my agents were really handsome, I never fell in love with them. I'm also quite sure that none of them ever fell for me; I was twenty and my photos made regular appearances in the National Enquirer.”
Jenna Bush Hager, Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life

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