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Spoken From the Heart
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In a captivating and compelling voice that ranks with many of our greatest memoirists, Laura Bush tells the story of her unique path from dusty Midland, Texas to the world stage and the White House. An only child, Laura Welch grew up in a family that lost three babies to miscarriage or infant death. She masterfully recreates the rugged, oil boom-and-bust culture of Midland, her close relationship with her father, and the bonds of early friendships that she retains to this day. After graduating, she became an elementary school teacher and, at the age of thirty, she met George W. Bush, whom she had last passed in the hallway in seventh grade. Three months later, 'the old maid of Midland married Midland's most eligible bachelor'. As First Lady of Texas, Laura Bush captures presidential life in the frantic and fearful months after 9-11, when fighter jet cover echoed through the walls. She writes openly about the threats, the withering media spotlight, and the transformation of her role. One of the first U.S. officials to visit war-torn Afghanistan, she reached out to disease-stricken African nations and tirelessly advocated for women in the Middle East and dissidents in Burma. Laura Bush's compassion, her grace, and her uncommon willingness to bare her heart make this story deeply revelatory, beautifully rendered, and unlike any other First Lady's memoir ever written.
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Laura Bush was First Lady of the United States from 2001 to 2009. She founded both the National Book Festival and the Texas Book Festival.

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'Laura Bush writes evocatively of her Texas childhood' Metro 12/5 'Laura Bush is a more complex, interesting character than perhaps anyone had cause to guess' Observer 17/5 'Personal, open and engaging' Telegraph 18/5 'Frank, well-written and poignant... it should be compulsory reading for Mesdames Cameron and Clegg, with its lesson in the pains and pitfalls of office, and hints at what can be achieved even by those wearing lipstick at the edge of the frame' Edwina Curri, The Times 29/5 'A deeply felt, keenly observed account... that captures a time and place with exacting emotional precision' The Scotsman 22/05 'Likeable and down to earth' Sunday Independent 23/05 'Compelling' The Irish Times 29/05 'Bush writes with a winning lack of pretension and warmth... Bush shows a talent for detail and mood' Sunday Herald 16/05 "This is Laura Bush, unplugged... She comes across with a keener eye, a sharper tongue and a readier laugh."-USA Today "Part of what makes former First Lady Laura Bush's open, deeply felt and engrossing memoir genuinely memorable is its portrait of her marriage to George W. Bush ... One of Laura Bush's best qualities as a memoirist - and she is a particularly fine, lyrical one - is her ability to speak the language of feelings without recourse to cant or contemporary psychobabble... Perhaps the best parts of this beautifully written book involved the former first lady's deeply rooted appreciation for the physical landscape of Texas in all its seasons, which she appears to love second only to her family."--Los Angeles 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 "Laura Bush has a fine memory and is a good writer. As a Texan, storytelling seems to come naturally to her."-NPR.org "Mrs. Bush comes through as a thoughtful, compassionate woman who has developed a balanced approach to life and manages to connect easily with people from New York City to Afghanistan and Burma."-Washington Times "Bush does an excellent job capturing the landscape and people of her native West Texas."-Austin American-Statesman

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