Book Review – First Women

First Women: The Grace and Power of America's Modern First LadiesFirst Women: The Grace and Power of America’s Modern First Ladies by Kate Andersen Brower
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After reading The Residence I was super excited to read this one. However, unlike The Residence, this one felt more like a gossip novel. Although interesting, in the way of a tabloid magazine but without the craziness, I am not sure that’s what I was looking for and I think that’s why only the 3 stars. I don’t think it’s the writing or the topic itself….. Actually, I’m not sure what I was expecting but I for some reason it fell short of my expectations.

One of the interesting aspects of the book was that it looked at all the friendships between the various women who have lived in the White House. I was particularly surprised at some of those. There were some that seemed obvious and one in particular which totally surprised me. Another aspect of the women’s lives which I find interesting is how they support each other. Although at times from different sides of the isle these women share an experience that very few of us will ever experience so, although not surprising that they turn to each other, it’s the ones they turn to that felt surprising at times. The relationship between Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton was one that made me chuckle and surprised me until I gave it a little more thought. These women, although political at times, are more often than not the glue that holds the family together and the attacks on their husbands during the presidential elections are felt, perhaps much deeper than we perceive. During the last election when Hillary ran agains Barack Obama, some things were said that cut very deep. It was interesting to see how Michelle Obama still feels the wounds.

It was endearing to read about Nancy Reagan. Always the lady…. her devotion to her husband came through in the book and you could tell the love the White House Staff felt for the couple.

All in all, this is a good read…. a look at a side of the White House that few of us ever get. It’s a great Summer read, light and quick and something you can read while laying out on the beach 🙂

See you next time.

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