Spoken from the Heart
After I finished reading Laura Bush's memoir, Spoken from the Heart, I saw in USA Today that some reviewers were disappointed that there was not a lot in the book about politics and controversies during her years as First Lady. Anyone looking for gossip, vituperative barbs, name-calling, or complaints won't like this book.
Mrs. Bush writes about her life growing up as an only child in the new town of Midland, Texas. She tells of working in an inner-city school, and deciding to go back to graduate school to become a librarian. She shows how those early adult years as teacher and librarian shaped her interests and her desire to promote education and reading when her husband became the President of the United States.
She focusses always on the positive and her tone throughout the book is one of gratitude and joy for the events and people in her life. She makes it clear that she loves and honors her parents, loves and respects her husband, is devoted to her daughters, and has deep fondness for all of her in-laws.
I found this book a pleasure to read.