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Laura : America's First Lady, first mother
Felix, Antonia.
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[Large print edition].
Publication Information:
Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
317 pages ; 23 cm
General Note:
Originally published: Avon, Mass. : Adams Media, 2002.
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E904.B87 F45 2002B Adult Large Print Large Print

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A biography of First Lady Laura Bush retraces her journey from a West Texas town to the halls of power in Washington.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

A Texas journalist once remarked that Laura Bush wasn't exactly a hot media topic there were no skeletons in her closet. But a lack of scandal isn't the only reason there's no drama in Felix's (Christine Todd Whitman) warm and fuzzy biography of the First Lady. Readers won't find much new information, either. Felix isn't interested in analysis, criticism or original and unbiased reportage her star source (among the few she has interviewed) is Jenna Welch, Laura's mother as much as she is in painting a pretty, soft-focus picture of the woman whose "media appearances [post-Sept. 11] sent a warm, personal, and utterly sincere message to parents, teachers, and children throughout the country, helping them cope with pain that words cannot describe." In other words, Laura Bush, teacher, librarian, wife and mother of two; is now America's mom. Before that, she was a Girl Scout; she sang in the church choir; she was devoted to books and reading; and she experienced one tragedy a friend was killed when Laura drove through a stop sign. Though George W. lived in the same Texas town and later in the same apartment complex in Houston, they didn't meet until she was 30, in 1977, at a dinner party held by a mutual friend. While George was a rowdy partier, Laura was a quiet elementary school teacher who went to bed early on school nights. This glowing account of these events and Laura's subsequent journey to the White House is for readers who enjoy a story short on depth and long on feel-good tidbits. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 8 Up-No one would dispute the fact that the First Lady has been a calm, compassionate, source of strength for our nation since the events of September 11th. And that is where this book begins, with the routine events that began Mrs. Bush's day and the national tragedy that quickly ensued. Felix then moves on to a chronological account of her subject's life, from her childhood in Midland, TX, to her current position as "First Mother" to a stricken populace. Supplementary material includes her Cowboy Cookies recipe, other famous names from Midland, and an eight-page photo insert. The book, however, suffers from some serious flaws. The most flagrant, it seems, is a bias on the part of the author. Felix bestows on her a character that would have made Mother Teresa jealous. Not surprisingly, Bush's mother, Jenna Welch, was a significant source for the book, which the author dedicated to her. Another weakness is the apparent lack of editing. Entire speeches are included where excerpts would suffice. A whole chapter is devoted to George W. and another to all the minutiae of the Texas Book Festival and the subsequent National Book Festival. In addition, the writing often lapses into reliance on trite expressions, and citations for quotations are often missing. As it stands, this title reads like a very long testimonial.-Marilyn Heath, Belton-Honea Path High School, Honea Path, SC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Author's Note and Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Prologue: First Lady: September 11, 2001p. 13
Chapter 1 The Girl from West Texasp. 23
Chapter 2 Laura Welch: Teacher and Librarianp. 57
Chapter 3 George W.: Fighter Pilot and Oil Manp. 75
Chapter 4 Highway Honeymoonp. 99
Chapter 5 Family Lifep. 119
Chapter 6 First Lady of Texasp. 139
Chapter 7 The Run for Presidentp. 157
Chapter 8 America's First Readerp. 175
Chapter 9 America's New First Ladyp. 209
Chapter 10 The Lady in Redp. 241
Epilogue: First Mother: September 11, 2001p. 255
Postscript: November 17, 2001p. 281
Endnotesp. 287
Laura Bush's Cowboy Cookiesp. 299
More Famous Names from Laura Bush's Hometownp. 303
Sourcesp. 307
Suggested Web Sitesp. 313