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Spoken from the Heart Audiobook

Spoken from the Heart

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In this brave, beautiful, and deeply personal memoir, Laura Bush, one of our most beloved and private first ladies, tells her own extraordinary story.

Born in the boom-and-bust oil town of Midland, Texas, Laura Welch grew up as an only child. She vividly evokes Midland's brash, rugged culture, her close relationship with her father, and the bonds of early friendships that sustain her to this day. For the first time, she writes about the devastating high-school car accident that left her friend Mike Douglas dead and about her decades of unspoken grief.

When Laura Welch first left West Texas in 1964, she never imagined that her journey would lead her to the world stage and the White House. After graduating from Southern Methodist University in 1968, she became an elementary school teacher, working in inner-city schools, then trained to be a librarian. At age 30, 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." With rare intimacy and candor, Laura Bush writes about her early married life as she was thrust into one of America's most prominent political families, as well as her deep longing for children and her husband's decision to give up drinking. By 1993, she found herself in the full glare of the political spotlight. But just as her husband won the Texas governorship, her father, Harold Welch, was dying in Midland.

In 2001, after one of the closest elections in American history, Laura Bush moved into the White House. Here she captures presidential life in the harrowing days and weeks after 9/11, when fighter-jet cover echoed through the walls and security scares sent the family to an underground shelter. She writes openly about the White House during wartime, the withering and relentless media spotlight, and the transformation of her role as she began to understand the power of the first lady.

©2010 Laura Bush (P)2010 Simon & Schuster

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    Beverly Canyon, TX, USA 07-05-10
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    "Laura Bush At Her Best!"

    This book was so informative and entertaining. Being read by Mrs. Bush really added to the experience. Full of insight into the first family and this incredible woman!

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    Lynne DUNNELLON, FL, United States 06-28-10
    Lynne DUNNELLON, FL, United States 06-28-10 Member Since 2005
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    "very personal and heartwarming"

    The fact that Ms. Bush reads this book makes it even better. I felt as if she was telling me her story. I laughed and cried.....I miss this gracious lady who represented our nation so well. Excellent!

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    Devon east peoria, IL, USA 06-25-10
    Devon east peoria, IL, USA 06-25-10
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    "Spoken from the Heart"

    This is a fabulous book. It is a truly revealing look into the life of Laura Bush and her life as first lady. She is a woman of class. This audio book is even more personal as she took the time to record the reading herself. That adds immensely to the quality. Loved it!

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    Pam Broken Arrow, OK, USA 06-23-10
    Pam Broken Arrow, OK, USA 06-23-10
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    "Insightful!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this look at behind the scenes of the First families life, plus her candor about her life before and during was refreshing. Laura Bush is so completely forthcoming about everything! It was an insightful look at behind the scenes during crisis' that our nation faced...Loved, loved, loved this book!

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    Lorene WOLF POINT, MT, USA 06-14-10
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    "Lakelady68"

    Awesome book. She is a lady like no other & I totally enjoy'd her story, even better with her reading it. Thank you Mrs. Bush

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    "Wonderful!"

    I enjoyed this book immensly. I believe that it was very heatfelt as told by Laura Bush. Listening to her read the book added to my pleasure.

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    Brenda 05-17-10
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    "Spoken from the Heart"

    I've always admired Mrs. Bush. This book gives such an insight to the private lives of two remarkable people. Everyone should read it.

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    Bret Omaha, NE, United States 05-17-10
    Bret Omaha, NE, United States 05-17-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Insight"

    A very telling recount of the former First Lady leading up from her youth to present day and focusing heavily during the span of time between 2000-2008. Laura Bush touches on very personal moments of her life and beautifully details what is was like growing up in Midland, Texas.


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