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Spoken from the Heart Paperback – April 5, 2011
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“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"
"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"
"A real, moving, intimate story."--"People"
"Wide-ranging . . . candid . . . deeply personal. . . . A beautifully written book."--Ann Curry, NBC's "Today" Show
Top Customer Reviews
Where the book changed tone was in the many descriptions of White House events and the people who attended various state dinners. While these lists were complete, Mrs. Bush almost never provides any personal comments about the famous people she has met, whether celebrities or heads of state. Having gotten to know her in the preceding sections of the book as a thoughtful, loyal and gracious person, it would have been nice to get her "take" on people; instead, she maintains a gracious, somewhat distant tone. Perhaps this is consistent with the sensitive and graceful aspects of her personality but it does make for dry reading.
Overall, a well-written book with many details of a fascinating life but certainly no Kitty Kelly-like tell-all. Recommended for those who want to know both the story behind the news and to appreciate the complexity of the role of First Lady.
By the way, since so many reviewers here took pains to say they are Democrats or Independents, I am proud to say that I am a Republican, like almost half the country. We, too, read books and have opinions.
The most interesting chapters are the first two, about growing up in Midland, Texas. Bush paints a vivid portrait of small-town life. Her beloved Daddy would come whistling into the house, "with dust on his shoes," telling funny stories, eating jalapeños and laughing with her mother. Bush's mother introduced the girl -- a future librarian and teacher -- to her lifelong love of reading, starting with Pinocchio and Snow White. Bush describes sedate "Daddy dates" at age 13, sitting in the backseats of cars driven by her escort's father. At 17, Bush causes a car accident that kills a good friend; the memory haunts her.
After Bush marries W at age 31 (as one townswoman sniffs: "the most eligible bachelor in Midland marrying the old maid of Midland"), the book settles down into recollections of raising twin babies and political travels. Bush is a quiet influence on her husband and girls, as she asks George to stop drinking, and worries the twins might have problems with their eyesight. There is nothing surprising or revelatory here, but it is diverting and well-written.
Included: 78 photos, both color and black and white, on glossy paper.
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It's hard to dislike Laura Bush. She reminds me of my favorite elementary school teacher I had in fourth grade. Her husband was greatly divisive, but she is anything but. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Khendra
This book covered the details of the time the Bushes were in the White House and before. Absolutely amazing to find out how much Laura Bush travelled and the amount of goodwill... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rebecca Manuel
Very interesting, being brought up in West Texas a lot of her descriptions were familiar. I felt she wrote as an observer more than a participant, thus the empty star.Published 2 months ago by Kay
This well-written, poignant, detailed biography gives me even more reason to like Laura Bush and respect her as a woman of wisdom :)Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Really good book. Interesting to read her views on everything from the whitehouse to her personal lifePublished 3 months ago by michael w. schmitt