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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Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life Reviews

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 they have for one another is the best thing about this audio book. The entire Bush clan becomes real and appear to be every bit as normal as my own family. Whatever your opinions, once you h

    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 they have for one another is the best thing about this audio book. The entire Bush clan becomes real and appear to be every bit as normal as my own family. Whatever your opinions, once you hear their personal accounts of home life, sisterhood, and the immense love that exists between all, it's hard not to like everyone involved. George W. Bush becomes someone other than POTUS. His girls do a brilliant job of shedding light on the true man, the adoring husband, and the involved father who texts his daughters every day just to check in. Barbara reveals the personal struggles the former President wrestled with during and after 9-11, how some political decisions left his heart in turmoil. Turns out, President Bush is a highly likable guy and it's obvious that he and Laura did a phenomenal job raising two beautiful girls. Jenna and Barbara may have been born mismatched 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, closest friends. Highlights: Barbara's account of the fear she and her mother shared when Pres. Bush threw the first pitch at the World Series one month after the collapse of the Twin Towers. Jenna shares personal stories about her maternal and paternal grandparents that are extremely touching and highly emotional. Best of all, getting to know the REAL family was wonderful. I'll always smile when I think of this warm, charming Texas family. Their example of love, kindness, and compassion is inspirational. SISTERS FIRST lands at the top of my Audible listens this year, maybe even all-time faves. I love this family!

  • Elena

    I was never interested in the lives of President George Bush's twins while he was in office. I'd see them in the tabloids every now and then for some underage drinking fiasco but for the most part, wasn't interested. But when I saw this book at the airport a few months ago, I was curious what they had to say. After all, they were born and raised in a political dynasty, so they were bound to have a few larger-than-life memories. Sure enough, this memoir, told in alternating voices of the twins, i

    I was never interested in the lives of President George Bush's twins while he was in office. I'd see them in the tabloids every now and then for some underage drinking fiasco but for the most part, wasn't interested. But when I saw this book at the airport a few months ago, I was curious what they had to say. After all, they were born and raised in a political dynasty, so they were bound to have a few larger-than-life memories. Sure enough, this memoir, told in alternating voices of the twins, is entertaining as well as thought-provoking. I especially enjoyed the personal letters from their "gampy" George H.W. as well as their father, George W. Bush, which all were clearly evident of the love these men had for these girls and the ways they sought to protect them from the public eye. I teared up hearing George W. Bush's letter to his girls after 9/11. He was fully aware his difficult decision to enter into war would affect them as they were college students and would surely hear a lot of opposition to his decision. His heart for the troops and later, the veterans, led him to continue his work with them long after the end of his presidency (he recently published a book of his original portrait paintings of selected veterans with proceeds going to aid veterans called Portraits of Courage). The stories were a bit scattered, organized by topic rather than chronological order, which was a bit confusing but didn't detract from the overall flow of the book too much. Their honesty, humility (as well as humor) in their past mistakes, and inside look into living in the White House (including being followed around by the Secret Service during college years) were all engaging and fun to read. The girls seemed down-to-earth and though I typically avoid celebrity memoirs, I was glad I picked this one up. Bonus: The audiobook is narrated by the authors with a foreword (that made me tear up) written and read by their mom, Laura Bush.

  • Myrna

    Quick fun read. I was pleasantly surprised by the Bush daughters' caring, honest, and funny stories. Their love for each other and their family really shines through in this one.

  • Brittany

    I thought this was a lovely, poignant and informative family memoir.

    I actually listened to the audiobook version as my running soundtrack this month and I found myself looking forward to each run because I felt like I was having a conversation with two girlfriends.

    Jenna and Barbara are about my age and I've always found myself interested in their lives and family, and I think I related to their goal: to show that their family was their family and had something special that politics can't define

    I thought this was a lovely, poignant and informative family memoir.

    I actually listened to the audiobook version as my running soundtrack this month and I found myself looking forward to each run because I felt like I was having a conversation with two girlfriends.

    Jenna and Barbara are about my age and I've always found myself interested in their lives and family, and I think I related to their goal: to show that their family was their family and had something special that politics can't define, tarnish, or explain.

    Their devotion to their parents, their grandparents, and each other was truly moving and I loved how they peppered very serious moments like recounting 9/11 and the heartbreaking chapter about their grandfather with Alzheimer's disease with lighthearted moments about Jenna's husband running out of gas on their second date and crashing with a secret service vehicle.

    Their themes were relatable and their inside messages were unique and it was thoroughly entertaining and memorable.

  • Jessica

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    Born into the Bush dynasty, Barbara and Jenna Bush were never going to have a normal life, despite their parents attempting that very fact. And their parents succeeded in that as much as possible. From the moment they were born they were in the public eye and will continue to be.

    I am one year older than them, so I really enjoyed this memoir that both ladies co-wrote. Being the same age and growing up at the same time as them, I id

    All my reviews can be found at:

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    Born into the Bush dynasty, Barbara and Jenna Bush were never going to have a normal life, despite their parents attempting that very fact. And their parents succeeded in that as much as possible. From the moment they were born they were in the public eye and will continue to be.

    I am one year older than them, so I really enjoyed this memoir that both ladies co-wrote. Being the same age and growing up at the same time as them, I identified 100% with the ladies. I listened to the audiobook which they both narrated. Their mother Laura Bush narrates the prologue.

    You think you know all about the Bush twins with their growing up in the news with Jenna’s troubles and them being in the tabloids, but you don’t. Through this short memoir the reader gets to know the ladies as they grow up with their governor father, then their grandpa becoming President then guess what? Daddy becomes president too! We experience their growing up, their rebellious sides, their heartaches, and fears with 9/11. We see them mature into the ladies they become from the girls they were. The reader also gets to know the Bush family more through this memoir. They have become more like people and less like politicians for me.

    We get to experience the beginning of Jenna’s relationship with her now husband. Imagine how he must have felt going to the white house to take out the president’s daughter. Don’t forget, Secret Service agents follow them EVERYWHERE.

    There is a sixth disc that includes family pictures that I enjoyed looking at.

    No matter your political opinions on the family, this is a memoir everyone should read, because despite everything, The Bush twins are Sisters First.

    Sisters First is Recommended.

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