Laura Bush’s Memoir

Dear Conservative Friends:

Are you sitting down?  Good.  Because you may be shocked to know that I have paid $14 for Laura Bush’s new memoir Spoken from the Heart, and I can’t wait to read it.  Not because I’m interested in hopping on the Rah-Rah-Republican wagon, but because this former first lady’s story — particularly the growing up in Texas part — might be intriguing and I’m willing to give it a shot.  To be honest, I’m kind of dreading my arrival at the Bush White House half of the book, but that’s all part and parcel, and I plan on working my way through it.  I want to know what she was thinking when all the s*** was hitting fan after 9/11, and how her she perceives (or maybe rather wants us, her readers, to perceive) what went on in the White House for the 8 years of her husband’s presidency.  Admittedly, I am not a fan.  She once did an interview on NBC where she decried New York Times reporters to be falsely spinning a story against her husband.  I believe her words were, “Consider the source.”  I could have spit fire.  Yet, here I am with her book in my hand.  Curiosity at work.

I paged through a few chapters of this book pre-purchase, and from what I can tell so far it’s well-crafted.  Though Mrs. Bush is listed as the author, it was really written by Lyric Winik, a ghost writer.  Of course Ms. Winik’s name is not on the cover because we all know the book will sell a zillion copies more if it appears that Mrs. Bush wrote it herself.  That’s life.  I do have an issue with the title, Spoken from the Heart. Surely there were other – better – options??

Since I’m reading Laura Bush’s story, I’m sure you are all going to go out today and buy a copy of Hillary Clinton’s book to make things even.  Can’t wait to hear what you think about it.  Happy Reading!

Dear Liberal Friends:

Are you sitting down?  Good.  You might be shocked to know that I paid retail for Laura Bush’s memoir Spoken from the Heart and that I’m looking forward to reading her story.

I’m most curious about the first half of the book, about her growing up in the boonies of West Texas, but I will do my best to read the whole thing.  I am admittedly curious about what went on in the White House post-9/11, and while I know that she’s only going to reveal what she wants us all to know, I’m still willing to take the ride.  I want to see what makes this lady tick.  Something about her has always seemed oddly ‘perfect’, and this troubles me a great deal.  She seems like such a smart, well-read person, yet she married a man who can barely string together a cogent sentence.  She seems graceful and elegant, but lives with a cowboy who laughs like Goober from The Andy Griffith Show. Such an enigma.

Wish me luck.  You can borrow my copy when I’m finished. 😉