Laura: America's First Lady, First Mother

Meet the woman who has won America's heart! Laura Bush, the First Lady of the 21st Century, has already been described as:

". . . one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world." -People

". . . the ballast that keeps her husband steady." -U.S. News & World Report

". . . intellectual and independent . . ." -The Washington Post

". . . a sharp contrast to Hilary Rodham Clinton." -CNN News

". . . the fist in the velvet glove." -BBC News

"Comforter-in-Chief" -Us magazine

"She's truly the First Mother." -New York Post

". . . a fabulous First Lady!" -George W. Bush

Before the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, little was known about First Lady Laura Bush. Since then, she has become America's beacon of hope and strength.

Few observers would have predicted that Laura Bush would win the hearts and earn the respect of the nation. Yet as the smoke cleared and we attempted to make sense of the tragedy, Laura helped heal us, reassure us, and inspire us with her warmth and courage. She urged us to hug our children-and we did-and thereafter became known as America's First Mother, as well as our First Lady.

This fascinating book reveals why Laura Bush was the right First Lady at the right time to bring courage, comfort, and strength to her fellow Americans. In this compelling profile, biographer Antonia Felix traces Laura Bush's fascinating journey from her West Texas girlhood to the wife of the most powerful man in the free world. Ms. Felix conducted extensive primary research in Laura's hometown-including interviews with her mother, Jenna Welch-and creates a revealing, intimate portrait of this softspoken, down-to-earth woman who made People magazine's list of "50 most beautiful people in the world" and is a powerful, supportive force for President George W. Bush.

In Laura, readers learn:

How Laura survived a youthful tragedy that marred her childhood

The delights and difficulties of being First Lady

The joys and challenges of raising twin daughters

Why she is so committed to advancing literacy in America

Her personal mission as America's First Mother

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By Carrie (Stafford, VA) · ★★★★☆ · July 06, 2014
I really enjoyed getting to know more about Laura Bush through this biography. Sometimes when I read books like these I think that it would be interesting to spend an evening with the person to hear more of their story, but Mrs. Bush seems more like the kind of person I would cherish as a friend.... ...more
By Chandler (Cecilia, KY) · ★★★☆☆ · October 15, 2009
As a biography I don't think this was very good. I didn't learn anything I didn't already know about her. The author tends to go off subject and talk about something or someone completely different. I found myself skipping whole pages. With that being said, I do think she did a great job depictin... ...more
By Debbie (Dayton, OH) · ★★★★★ · March 21, 2008
I would highly recommend this book to everyone. I came away feeling like I coul do more, that I knew her on a personal level and my respect for her grew. She went from being a shy librarian to the first lady of the United States with so much grace. She is still simple in her title as first lady.... ...more