Ladies We Don’t Know

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.

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