Monday, June 14, 2010

Spoken from the Heart by Laura Bush

While I may not have ever voted for Laura Bush’s husband, I was very interested to read her autobiography. Unlike other political memoirs I have tried to read (Hello Clintons!), Bush’s autography covered enough material to be interesting, but did not delve into boring and self-seeking detail. Of course, of even more interest to me was Laura Bush’s love of reading.

Laura Bush as first lady is every book lovers dream. Bush was able to hold literary symposiums about her favorite authors and meet many current favorite authors. She mentioned one of my favorite novels, Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather more than once. Indeed, Bush’s love of books is apparent throughout the book and her favorite authors seem to match up with mine. I really loved that one of her favorite things that she did as first lady was to visit Laura Ingalls Wilder’s home in Missouri.

Laura Bush writes the story of her life starting from the very beginning and through the move back to Texas after the end of George Bush’s presidency. I found her entire story intriguing, and was a great modern history. The book seemed to show me what I had always thought; Laura Bush is the kind of person I would like to sit down with for dinner and chat with. She is a normal person who just happened to be first lady (although her talk about the ranch being small at 4,000 sq. ft. did give me a chuckle).

I must say the book did give me a new way of thinking about some of George Bush’s policies, although some of Laura Bush’s defense of certain items was weak at best. For example, the defense against the invasion of Iraq was maybe we should have bombed Afghanistan in 2000 so 9/11 wouldn’t have happened . . . that is not the way the world works.

Overall the strength in the book was the interesting American life that Laura Bush has led and her great love of books. I really enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it to all of my friends, be they Republican, Democrat, or other.

Book Source: The Kewaunee Public Library


  1. This book has already been on my radar. Your review has completely convinced me that I really must read this. Laura Bush happens to be one of my favorite First Ladies. She has always gave me the impression of a classy lady, and you said...that "I would like to sit down with for dinner and chat".

    Thanks for bringing this book back to the forefront of my mind. Off to see if my library has a copy...or maybe even I will purchase.

  2. I'm right there with you on Laura Bush. I always admired her because of her love of books and her gracious attitude. I'll definitely be picking up this book sometime soon!

  3. I live in Texas and Crawford is not far from where I grew up. I purchased a few copies and had them autographed! I'm giving one away on my blog -

    I referenced your review and posted a link. I, too, love to read (but don't get the time since having kids)