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First mom : the wit and wisdom of Barbara Bush
Bush, Barbara, 1925-
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Rugged Land, [2004]

Physical Description:
214 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm + 1 videodisc (sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.)
General Note:
"With a one-hour DVD from A & E Biography."--Cover.
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E883.B87 B77 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
E883.B87 B77 2004 Book and Software Set Open Shelf

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A collection of stories, advice, and self-deprecating wit from former first lady and current "first mom" Barbara Bush - the perfect Mother's Day gift! The wife of one president, the mother of another, and a direct descendant of our fourteenth president, Franklin Pierce, Barbara Bush has lived a life immersed in the world of politics. Yet she has captured the hearts of the American people by remaining down-to-earth, genuine, and by demonstrating a remarkable ability to poke fun at herself and the trappings of high office. Over the years Barbara Bush's wit and wisdom have amused, enlightened, and touched even the most jaded among us-- Republicans and Democrats alike. With a mix of recollections from a political life, grandmotherly advice, and charming humor-- on speaking to the National Association of Plastic Surgeons: "I was scared to death. I thought they were going to rush the stage!"--FIRST MOM demonstrates why the nation first fell in love with Barbara Bush, and why we continue to adore her today. The book also includes a special-edition DVD of the A&E Biography "Barbara Bush: First Mom," which brings some of these delightful quotes and stories to life.

Author Notes

Barbara Bush was born Barbara Pierce in New York City on June 8, 1925. She married George Bush on January 6, 1945 while he was on leave from the Navy. She was the wife of the 41st president of the United States and the mother of the 43rd president of the United States George W. Bush. She was a huge supporter of civil rights and literacy. While she was first lady from January 1989 to January 1993, she insisted that her press secretary be black, a first for that position, and started the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.

She wrote several books including C. Fred's Story: A Dog's Life and Millie's Book: As Dictated to Barbara Bush. The profits from those books went to literacy causes. She also wrote two memoirs entitled Barbara Bush: A Memoir and Reflections: Life After the White House. She died on April 17, 2018 at the age of 92.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Wife to the 41st president, mother to the 43rd president and direct descendent of the 14th president, Franklin Pierce, Barbara Pierce Bush is uniquely poised to offer an intimate view of the East Wing of American politics. Prefaced with a brief biographical introduction, the wide collection of quotes offers insight on her love, marriage, literacy, weight struggles, life in the White House and more, in the frank and jocular tone that won her fans well beyond her husband?s Republican base. Editor Adler does not divide the dull from the divine, mixing amusing quips (?I married the first man I ever kissed. When I tell this to my children, they just about throw up?) with flat-liners (?So many great things have happened to me because I married well?). Released in an election year, the book?s fluffy fare will please Bush fans, but leave anyone interested in the former First Lady?s true feelings on real and current issues seriously dissatisfied. Includes one-hour DVD from A&E Biography. (Apr.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.