Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life by Jenna Bush Hager

Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life

Funny and poignant personal stories and reflections from former first daughters Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush.Born into a political dynasty, Jenna and Barbara Bush grew up in the public eye. As small children, they watched their grandfather become president; just twelve years later they stood by their father's side when he took the same oath. They spent their co...

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  • Carla

    I've always enjoyed Jenna Bush Hager on the Today show.

    Both Barbara and Jenna wrote chapters on their memories/feelings as growing up as twin sisters and being part of the Bush family.

    I found this to be an easy, interesting read.

  • Kris Patrick

    Jenna, Barbara, Chelsea, Sasha, Malia. Love classy women! Right now I'm suffering from some serious wardrobe envy after following @jennabhager on Instagram.

    Big thanks to Laura Bush for here work funding school libraries! On a side note, I was dismayed to learn this weekend that there are currently four Donors Choose projects at my former school asking for books. This is terrible. Teachers and librarians shouldn't have to write grant proposals for books. Period. I liked learning that George W. Bu

    Jenna, Barbara, Chelsea, Sasha, Malia. Love classy women! Right now I'm suffering from some serious wardrobe envy after following @jennabhager on Instagram.

    Big thanks to Laura Bush for here work funding school libraries! On a side note, I was dismayed to learn this weekend that there are currently four Donors Choose projects at my former school asking for books. This is terrible. Teachers and librarians shouldn't have to write grant proposals for books. Period. I liked learning that George W. Bush is a huge reader. He and Karl Rove once engaged in a reading challenge to see who could read more books in one year. And now we have a President who brags about not reading. smh (shaking my head - I only recently learned this acronym)

  • Anita

    Beautiful stories of sisterhood being a twin and growing up very normal in a very political family. Full review soon. Thank you Grand Central Publishing for a copy of this book. Loved it.

  • Candy

    The Bush twins come off as likeable, intelligent women... interesting for the inside scoop on their lives in the White House.

  • Sherrie Howey

    This book includes very honest reflections from Barbara and Jenna Bush and it is so inspiring to read about their close relationship with their parents and grandparents. This book is well written, filled with funny anecdotes as well as some difficult situations they encountered as daughters and granddaughters of a president. It is a sweet and enjoyable read and I was sorry to have it end as I would have loved to read more of their stories.

  • Jean Poulos

    This memoir by the fraternal Bush twins has the forward by their mother, Laura Bush. Jenna Bush Hager is a correspondent for NBC’s Today Show and Barbara Pierce Bush is CEO and founder of Global Health Corps.

    They discuss their early life in Midland Texas and attending high school in Austin, Texas when their father was Governor. They tell about life in the Governor’s Mansion and in the White House.

    The book is full of heartwarming anecdotes as well as humorous ones. The reader gets a glimpse into

    This memoir by the fraternal Bush twins has the forward by their mother, Laura Bush. Jenna Bush Hager is a correspondent for NBC’s Today Show and Barbara Pierce Bush is CEO and founder of Global Health Corps.

    They discuss their early life in Midland Texas and attending high school in Austin, Texas when their father was Governor. They tell about life in the Governor’s Mansion and in the White House.

    The book is full of heartwarming anecdotes as well as humorous ones. The reader gets a glimpse into the life of the Bushes as well as that of the senior Bush family. Barbara “the Enforcer” Bush has several great one-liners. They discussed the effects on the family watching their maternal grandfather decline due to his Alzheimer’s disease. This is not a political book but a family story.

    I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible. The book is six and a half hours long. The Bush twins narrated the book. Great to hear their stories in their own voice. It seems to make the book more personal.

  • Cori

    I really enjoyed hearing about Jenna and Barbara's lives. I am close to their age so I can relate to some of the same things (flip phones, etc.). I love how the Bush family writes so many personal letters and they are shared in the book. Hearing the girls read their story was wonderful. This book touched upon political topics (like the gulf war, elections) but it was because it was part of their lives and not in a preachy way. I loved hearing about the bond they share and how they have chosen ve

    I really enjoyed hearing about Jenna and Barbara's lives. I am close to their age so I can relate to some of the same things (flip phones, etc.). I love how the Bush family writes so many personal letters and they are shared in the book. Hearing the girls read their story was wonderful. This book touched upon political topics (like the gulf war, elections) but it was because it was part of their lives and not in a preachy way. I loved hearing about the bond they share and how they have chosen very different paths in life but remain close.

  • Mary Sisney

    I mostly enjoyed this book, especially Jenna's stories about her dates with her future husband and the less high-profile Barbara's accounts of her work with the Global Health Corps, an organization she co-founded, and her encounters with the raunchy former Prime Minister of Italy and Vladimir Putin. However, the twins focused too much on their father's suffering during the wars he started and his love of and service to the wounded warriors and not enough on their relationship as sisters, which w

    I mostly enjoyed this book, especially Jenna's stories about her dates with her future husband and the less high-profile Barbara's accounts of her work with the Global Health Corps, an organization she co-founded, and her encounters with the raunchy former Prime Minister of Italy and Vladimir Putin. However, the twins focused too much on their father's suffering during the wars he started and his love of and service to the wounded warriors and not enough on their relationship as sisters, which was supposedly the topic of the book. If they were trying to improve his chicken hawk image, their mission was not accomplished with this reader. I believe that GW is a loving and fun father, but he is still the second worst (after Trump) President in my lifetime and a terrible Commander in Chief.

  • Riva Sciuto

    As a lover of presidential history, I've always been intrigued by the lives of the First Families. So I really enjoyed the insights Jenna and Barbara share in their memoir. It was surprisingly deep at times: they reveal the lifelong guilt their mother, Laura Bush, has felt since she ran a stop sign at 17 and killed her high school classmate; Barbara talks -- openly and honestly -- about her high school boyfriend who hanged himself; and they both open up about the way their father's decision to g

    As a lover of presidential history, I've always been intrigued by the lives of the First Families. So I really enjoyed the insights Jenna and Barbara share in their memoir. It was surprisingly deep at times: they reveal the lifelong guilt their mother, Laura Bush, has felt since she ran a stop sign at 17 and killed her high school classmate; Barbara talks -- openly and honestly -- about her high school boyfriend who hanged himself; and they both open up about the way their father's decision to go war in Iraq affected them deeply. They are refreshingly honest when discussing the political differences -- particularly on gay marriage -- they have had with their father, noting that in their family, differences in opinion were respected, that "family loyalty" has never been akin to "political loyalty." I really appreciated that.

    There are also funny, sweet, and heartwarming stories along the way: Jenna tells the story of how she mistakenly accepted Henry's marriage proposal when he hadn't actually proposed(!); Barbara talks about the Secret Service agents that followed her and her roommate around at Yale; and they both reminisce about their relatively normal lives growing up in Midland, Texas (which they assumed was the center of the world). And of course they relive their less-than-desirable moments in the spotlight when they were both in college. They pay homage to their grandparents (on both sides!) and offer funny insights on what it's like to be forever compared to your twin sister ("you're the smart one...and you're the funny one!").

    Overall, this is an endearing memoir that offers a powerful reminder -- perhaps at a time we need it most -- that people are more important than politics. While they openly disagreed with their dad on some of his policies (and were alienated by some college classmates while he served as president), they have always admired him for his commitment to doing what he believes in his heart is right.

    And that's what I love most about this compilation of stories: they reveal the private, human sides of people we've only ever known publicly. 3.5 stars for this quick, endearing read!

  • Mary

    Jenna and Barbara take turns telling stories about growing up in the Bush household, the Texas governor's mansion, and their years as First Daughters. Funny anecdotes from both made me smile. The best thing was getting to know the President, through his intelligent, articulate daughters. The love and respect this family has for one another is the best thing about this audio book. Whatever your opinions, once you hear their personal accounts of family life, sisterhood, and the immense love that e

    Jenna and Barbara take turns telling stories about growing up in the Bush household, the Texas governor's mansion, and their years as First Daughters. Funny anecdotes from both made me smile. The best thing was getting to know the President, through his intelligent, articulate daughters. The love and respect this family has for one another is the best thing about this audio book. Whatever your opinions, once you hear their personal accounts of family life, sisterhood, and the immense love that exists between the Bush family, it's hard not to like everyone involved. George W. Bush becomes someone other than POTUS. The girls do an excellent job of shedding light on the real man, the loving father and husband who texts his daughters every day and wrestles with political decisions after 9-11. Turns out, President Bush is a highly likable guy and it's very obvious that he and Laura did a phenomenal job raising two beautiful girls. Jenna and Laura may have been born twins, but each woman clearly has her own identity. I felt like I was sitting down for a gab fest with two of my funniest, smartest friends. Highlights: Barbara's account of the fear she and her mother felt when Pres. Bush threw the first pitch at the World Series, one month after the collapse of the World Trade Centers. Jenna shares personal stories about her maternal and paternal grandparents that are extremely touching and emotional. Best of all, getting to know the REAL family was wonderful. I'll always smile when I think of this amazing family and the compassion they have for what they believe in. SISTERS FIRST lands at the top of my Audible reads this year, maybe even all-time faves. I love this family!

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