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According to the Wall Street Journal, "Mrs. Bush's delicate rendering of the virtues and rhythms of mid-century Texas life sets this book far apart from the typical score-settling reminiscences of politicians or their spouses." Indeed, the former First Lady's autobiography is pleasantly--if unsurprisingly, given her famously serene demeanor--mostly free of political spitefulness. However, the critics unanimously declared that this sincere and self-assured memoir appears to be two books masquerading as one: a sentimental and richly detailed account of growing up in small-town America and a lackluster chronicle, "more travelogue and recitation" (Washington Post), of her years in the White House. Thoughtfully and elegantly written, Spoken From the Heart lovingly evokes Bush's beloved Texas even if it adds nothing new to readers' understanding of her husband's presidency.
“Mrs. Bush’s delicate rendering . . . sets this book far apart from the typical score-settling reminiscences of politicians or their spouses. . . . Spoken from the Heart reveals Laura Bush to be a beautiful writer, a keen observer and a tender soul who drew on her roots to live a life in the public eye with compassion and grace.”—Wall Street Journal
“This is Laura Bush, unplugged. . . . She comes across with a keener eye, a sharper tongue and a readier laugh than in interviews during the eight years while her husband was president.”—USA Today
“A deeply felt, keenly observed account of her childhood and youth in Texas—an account that captures a time and place with exacting emotional precision and that demonstrates how Mrs. Bush’s lifelong love of books has imprinted her imagination.”—New York Times
“Laura Bush writes as vividly of her upbringing in the bleak and unforgiving oil-patch towns of West Texas as Buzz Bissinger did in his classic Friday Night Lights.”—Bloomberg
“Wide-ranging . . . candid . . . deeply personal. . . . A beautifully written book.”—Ann Curry, NBC’s “Today” Show
“A real, moving, intimate story.”—People
It was great to have her perspective on the Bush presidency. It was a little tricky to get into at first, only because I think she must have used her diary as a the starting point... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Libbygirl
What an incredible, spiritual lady and a true role model. I highly recommend this book. I felt inspired but her life's journey.Published 1 month ago by loves2read
This is a fantastic read. You can hear Mrs. Bush as you read her story. Very captivating, intriguing, and truly "spoken from the heart."Published 2 months ago by Donna J
Didn't realize the important role the President's wife plays during a Presidents term. Very interesting book with the details of her private life and her role as First Lady... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Isabelle Connors
Top Lady and smarter than the present ones.
Ron in Texas
Great story! Truly spoken from the heart by a great lady who has a great Love for God, country, and family.Published 3 months ago by auntgranny
I recommend that everyone should read this book! It was wonderful!! She is so classy!!Published 3 months ago by Lauren stiff