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Funny and poignant personal stories and reflections from former first daughters Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush.

Born into a political dynasty, Jenna and Barbara Bush grew up in the public eye. As small children, they watched their grandfather become president; just 12 years later they stood by their father's side when he took the same oath. They spent their college years being trailed by the Secret Service and chased by the paparazzi, with every teenage mistake making national headlines. But the tabloids didn't tell the whole story of these two young women forging their own identities under extraordinary circumstances.

In this book, they take listeners on a revealing, thoughtful, and deeply personal tour behind the scenes of their lives, with never-before-told stories about their family, their adventures, their loves and losses, and the special sisterly bond that fulfills them.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 11-02-17

Charming Memoir

This memoir by the fraternal Bush twins has the forward by their mother, Laura Bush. Jenna Bush Hager is a correspondent for NBC’s Today Show and Barbara Pierce Bush is CEO and founder of Global Health Corps.

They discuss their early life in Midland Texas and attending high school in Austin, Texas when their father was Governor. They tell about life in the Governor’s Mansion and in the White House.

The book is full of heartwarming anecdotes as well as humorous ones. The reader gets a glimpse into the life of the Bushes as well as that of the senior Bush family. Barbara “the Enforcer” Bush has several great one-liners. They discussed the effects on the family watching their maternal grandfather decline due to his Alzheimer’s disease. This is not a political book but a family story.

The book is six and a half hours long. The Bush twins narrated the book. Great to hear their stories in their own voice. It seems to make the book more personal.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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You don't have to be a Republican to love this one

I thoroughly enjoyed this book ... the story, the narration, and the historical walk down memory lane were all wonderful. I think it's always important to be aware of perspectives other than your own. I am neither a Republican or a twin, but we are all more alike than different. I highly recommend this listen

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Engaging stories from the inside.

I've always wondered what it's like to be a twin, and to grow up in a famous family.

Barbara and Jenna are both sweet and tough, and not all what you would think. Barbara is an activist who believes in marriage equality, planned parenthood and voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016. Jenna is an Independent who seems to have a real passion for teaching and story telling. Growing up in politics they were always taught to do what was in their hearts as opposed to the party line. They obviously love their parents, who in turn adore them.

They discuss early childhood, growing up in the spotlight with a president for both a father and grandfather, what it was like for them on 9/11, the current election, dealing with college and secret service, Ganny Bush who is a badass, etc. They both seem like such well rounded, compassionate women.

The stories do have a tendency to jump around. One minute they are kids in Texas, the next adults in NYC. It can get a little bit confusing if you are not giving it your full attention.

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Great Perspective

I loved this book. It was fascinating to learn about the behind-the-scenes life of this family. All politics aside, anyone, and particularly sisters and women will enjoy this book. These two women are relatable and inspiring. An uplifting read. Enjoy!

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Sisters First. Family Always.

Jenna and Barbara take turns telling stories about growing up in the Bush household, the Texas governor's mansion, and their years as First Daughters. Funny anecdotes from both made me smile. The best thing was getting to know the President, through his intelligent, articulate daughters. The love and respect they have for one another is the best thing about this audio book. The entire Bush clan becomes real and appear to be every bit as normal as my own family. Whatever your opinions, once you hear their personal accounts of home life, sisterhood, and the immense love that exists between all, it's hard not to like everyone involved. George W. Bush becomes someone other than POTUS. His girls do a brilliant job of shedding light on the true man, the adoring husband, and the involved father who texts his daughters every day just to check in. Barbara reveals the personal struggles the former President wrestled with during and after 9-11, how some political decisions left his heart in turmoil. Turns out, President Bush is a highly likable guy and it's obvious that he and Laura did a phenomenal job raising two beautiful girls. Jenna and Barbara may have been born mismatched twins, but each woman clearly has her own identity. I felt like I was sitting down for a gab fest with two of my funniest, closest friends. Highlights: Barbara's account of the fear she and her mother shared when Pres. Bush threw the first pitch at the World Series one month after the collapse of the Twin Towers. Jenna shares personal stories about her maternal and paternal grandparents that are extremely touching and highly emotional. Best of all, getting to know the REAL family was wonderful. I'll always smile when I think of this warm, charming Texas family. Their example of love, kindness, and compassion is inspirational. SISTERS FIRST lands at the top of my Audible listens this year, maybe even all-time faves. I love this family!

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Loved it!

My political views are different from the Bush family and that didn’t matter at all. These were wonderful stories told in Jenna’s and Barbara’s own voices. Just delightful.

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Entertaining and enjoyable story :)

Thank you for sharing your story... I enjoyed it very much and I also watched your interviews online. I admired ans ❤️ you and I have so much respect for you,Barbara for who you are and your benevolent and compassionate heart. My God bless you more and always keep you safe as you travel the world to make a difference in people’s lives.

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Endearing, Touching, Honest Account

I enjoyed this book. It was interesting and endearing, as well as informative. I have heightened respect for the Bush's after hearing such a tender and honoring account from the Bush twins. Nicely done, this account goes a long way to humanize the people behind the Presidencies. It's easy to imagine how proud the parents of these adult children must be. This effectively demonstrates how political party divides need not be characterized by hate and insult. Seen through the eyes of children, our likenesses are more compelling and true than our differences. Bravo to the Authors, very well done!

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Great book!

I loved this book so much! Stories that made me love these women so much more.

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Enjoyable

Very interesting, enjoyed this book by both Barbara Bush and sister Jenna Bush Hague. Having lived this time frame and historical events it is great getting the true facts and stories of their views on life and an inside look into their klves.

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