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Reflections: Life After the White House [Hardcover]

Barbara Bush


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17 May 2004
Picking up where her earlier bestselling memoir left off, Barbara Bush begins this second volume with the inauguration of her son, President George W. Bush, in January 2001. She then flashes back eight years to President Clinton's inauguration, when President George H.W. Bush and Mrs Bush were leaving the White House. Mrs Bush takes us through each of those next eight years, relating her and President George Bush Snr's inner lives through touching and often very amusing stories about their travels, their charity work, their hobbies and their relationships with their five children and thirteen grandchildren. In the Epilogue, she reflects on the experience of having a President for a son, and discusses the family's reactions to September 11, 2001 and its aftermath. Typical of Barbara Bush, this memoir is filled with wise and perceptive observations, as well as with the humorous anecdotes for which this beloved and admired former First Lady is well known. Not since Abigail Adams has one woman been both the wife and the mother to a President, giving her a unique historical perspective. Mrs Bush's millions of admirers are sure to delight in her second volume of memoirs, told in her warm and funny voice and filled with interesting stories from the past decade of her full and fascinating life.

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st Edition edition (17 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743223594
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743223591
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,783,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 3.0 out of 5 stars  37 reviews
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Visiting with Mrs. Bush 7 Nov 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I bought this book for my elderly mother two weeks ago and she is enjoying visiting with Barbara Bush again. She read her first book, and loved every minute of it. This book picks up where the first book left off. My mother is the same age as Mrs. Bush and identifies with her in many ways (Barbara's wealth notwithstanding).
If you are not a fan of the Bush family, don't bother with this book. But if you admire Barbara Bush and love her sense of humor, you will enjoy reading of her adventures and trials since her husband left office and her son took office.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Love Barbara, Hate the Book 20 Dec 2003
By Jane Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I love Barbara Bush, but this book is difficult to read. It is a diary that hasn't been fleshed out. It consists of numerous entries that state that she went somewhere, met someone, her husband went somewhere, met someone, etc. Only rarely do we get a glimpse of her personal life. I enjoyed her recounting the time her grandchildren pelted the Secret Service agents with water balloons. It made the family seem more human, but these little gems are tucked away in the book amid detail after boring detail.
I am an avid reader. I pick a book up and rarely, put it down before I have read it in its entirety. Currently, I am stuck on page 281. I am going to have to force myself to finish it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun read by a classy lady 25 Jan 2004
By "laurasuetoo" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
For those of us who wonder what life after the White House is all about, this book is an informative but light-hearted answer to that question.
Mrs Bush begins her story as she and the President depart the White House. She possesses the rare talent to express her feelings about that difficult time without the venom and spite you might expect from a First Lady whose husband has just lost the presidency.
The book takes us through the transition to "normal" life and Mrs Bush's quick wit and self-depreciating humor are evident throughout the book. From vacationing with the Oak Ridge Boys to dropping in on the queen of England, Barbara Bush shows that she has a love of people regardless of their social circle. The book had many amusing quips and stories that made me laugh out loud. For instance, I was surprised to learn she is quite proud to be named "First Lady of the Century" by Outlaw Biker magazine.
The book shows her proudest accomplishment has nothing to do with politics or fame, however. Her fierce love and devotion for her family is apparent in every page of the book. I, for one, find it refreshing.
The only down side to the book is the endless mention of names. While I appreciate the fact that she tried to acknowledge so many acquaintances, the endless list of people throughout the book seemed to interrupt the flow of the story.
Overall, this was a nice read and I would highly recommend it to biography junkies such as myself and supporters of the Bush family. Regardless of your political affiliation, I find it hard not to admire this spunky lady.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty & Interesting from a Facinating Woman 14 Jan 2004
By Smart Lady - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Slanted, just as she states it would be and I loved it. How refreshing to read a book of a wife who adores her husband. How nice for a mother to share with readers tidbits about her children with such respect and wit. And how interesting and often humorous it was to read the author's comments about herself. On several occasions throughout this book it was a "laugh out loud" moment for me. I completely enjoyed her reflections and highly recommend it to others, especially wives and moms.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's a wonderful life! 5 Nov 2003
By Karen Potts - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book details the life of Barbara Bush from the time her husband left the White House until her son took office, with a short addendum about 9/11. She describes the places she went, and the people she spent time with, as well as family events and world happenings. She is not unlike many other active women her age, with the exception that her travels are to places like Egypt and Russian and she is always greeted by local dignitaries, royalty, government officials, or some of her very large circle of influential friends. She is at her best when she describes her family members and get-togethers with her children and grandchildren. All too often, her activities are listed in a rapid-fire manner without enough description and fleshing-out to make them vivid to the reader. She has not lost her considerable wit which is turned on herself as often as it is on someone else. She is a delightful, down-to-earth lady who, as she says, "married well", but this book doesn't do justice to the life she has led in the past 10 years.
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