American Wife

It’s a sunny Monday in January, so I won’t complain about being back in the office today.  Plus, I had a great weekend.  Nick and I spent all day together yesterday and on Saturday, my cheerleaders took home the Level 4 Grand Champion award (the highest score all day in their level). So, so proud of them!

I don’t share all the books I read on here because it would be overwhelming since I read 1-2 books every week.  One of the bonuses of riding the metro to work is I get in lots of reading time! Well, I’m telling you right now to read American Wife.

I couldn’t put this book down last week-I loved, loved, loved it!

Here’s a quick overview:

A kind, bookish only child born in the 1940s, Alice Lindgren has no idea that she will one day end up in the White House, married to the president. In her small Wisconsin hometown she learns the virtues of politeness, but a tragic accident when she is seventeen shatters her identity and changes the trajectory of her life. More than a decade later, when the charismatic son of a powerful Republican family sweeps her off her feet, she is surprised to find herself admitted into a world of privilege. And when her husband unexpectedly becomes governor and then president, she discovers that she is married to a man she both loves and fundamentally disagrees with—and that her private beliefs increasingly run against her public persona. As her husband’s presidency enters its second term, Alice must confront contradictions years in the making and face questions nearly impossible to answer.

It’s loosely based on 4 big events in the life of Laura Bush (his presidency, a car wreck when she was young, etc.), but everything else is fiction.  I wasn’t aware that Laura Bush was involved in a fatal car wreck as a teenager, so the main section that seemed familiar was the focus on the presidency because it involved 9/11 and Iraq war. 

This book will not disappoint-it’s one of the best books I have read recently.  Let me know if you read it!

3 thoughts on “American Wife

  1. Jenn says:

    I have had this one on my bookshelf for a couple of years now and still haven’t read it! Thanks to you, it just may need to be next. 🙂

    In case you need a couple of new ones, my latest are Escape by Carolyn Jessop — chronicles her life and eventual escape from the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) — the most extreme Mormons. They are making it into a movie and Katherine Heigl will play her. So read it first if you haven’t already!

    And just finished Sarah’s Key — wildly popular, so you’ve probably already read it.

    Hope you’re well! 🙂

  2. Life's Better With Freckles says:

    Jenn, you should definitely try it! I’m going to pick Escape up as well. I’ve seen it at the library and was wondering about it. I always like to read a book before seeing the movie. I just finished Sarah’s Key too…definitely a page turner! But a little heartbreaking.

    Hi Lexie…thanks for stopping by!! I’ll have to check out your blog! I love meeting new people here.

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