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Molly Meijer Wertheimer - Professor of Communication Arts & Sciences; and Women's Studies, Penn State Hazleton

Book Title: A Memoir

Author: Barbara Bush

Book Description:

I chose this book as most significant because reading it began a chain of events that has led to the publication of two books on first ladies as well as a number of conference papers and phone interviews with journalists. Mrs. Bush's candid reflections on people, places, and events during the years she served as first lady reveal the hard work and importance to their husbands' administrations of the women who hold that position. I have since read other biographies of first ladies, including Hilary Clinton, Nancy Reagan, Rosalynn Carter, and Betty Ford. Lady Bird Johnson, Eleanor Roosvelt, Lou Hoover and others have also written autopbiographical works. Fascinating reading all of it.


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