I just finished reading the book First Women by Kate Anderson Brower.
Ms. Brower begins with Jackie Kennedy and ends with Michelle Obama. I love the way she weaves their lives in and out of each others’ stories and has quite a few amazing tidbits to tell about each one (for those of us who don’t keep up with the gossip columns).
I’m picky about history and biography books. I hate fluff stuff and I hate gossip stuff. I don’t care Nancy Reagan had an astrologer. Whatever floats your boat. This narrative stays away from the negative and focuses on the positives and the real-life relationships each First Lady had with her husband, the staff, her family, and the people around her.
I know some people who worship the First Lady and the mystique. However, Ms. Brower does an excellent job of going behind the mystique and looks at each woman with a critical eye.
This book is appropriate for middle school and up. Yes, there are references to some of the Presidents’ extra-marital activities but nothing worse than what cable TV shows. Again, written very nicely and handled professionally.
This book shows a very different side of a small chunk of modern history. It’s a relatively easy read. A great book for some relaxing reading.