Year of the Bookwormz: 2011

52 weeks. 2 friends. 1 challenge.

Author Spotlight:: Laura Bush:: May 7, 2010

Last night I had the privilege of attending Laura Bush’s Author Interview and Q&A at Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University. Currently on a 22 city book tour, Laura Bush began her journey with a few stops in the DC-area. After book signings in McLean and Arlington, her last stop in Virginia was an interview with journalist Cokie Roberts. On May 6, 2010 at Lisner Auditorium before heading to Dallas to continue her book tour, Mrs. Bush opened up about her story and memories in the public eye.

My aunt and I attended and were able to get signed copies of her memoir, Spoken from the Heart. Regardless of one’s politicial views, it was fascinating to sit in the same room with and listen to the woman who previously served as First Lady of the United States for 8 years. She read an excerpt from her book describing when she met George W. Bush and about their wedding. The audience laughed, applauded, and listened intently to every word. Theirs is truly a story of romance and endurance. Congrats to the Bushes for celebrating 33 years together this year!

Cokie Roberts asked insightful questions that allowed Mrs. Bush to open up candidly. From her family’s suffering in trying to have a large family, to the tragic car accident that took the life of her friend; from her journey as a part of one of America’s most prominent political families to her tireless efforts for causes such as education and literacy, Mrs. Bush was honest, endearing, and engaging. 

I am thrilled I found out about this event when tickets were still available and I started reading her book as soon as I got home. At 432 pages, I don’t know I will get through it in a week to stay on track for this year’s challenge. But I’m very excited to take my time, read it and learn her fascinating story.

Thanks to Laura for founding the Texas Book Festival 15 years ago and the National Book Festival. I can’t imagine a life without books and thank you for sharing a love of reading with all of us. And most of all, thank you for sharing your story.

Happy reading,


(Book review on Spoken from the Heart to follow)



7 Responses to “Author Spotlight:: Laura Bush::”

  1. Well I found it all a little insipid. With her position at the heart of one of the more controversial White Houses of recent years I had hoped for stories, gossip, incident and sparkle. Instead there was a rather dull every day life of Mr & Mrs President. It rather disappointed.

  2. Hi David,

    Thanks for stopping by. Wow- sorry to hear you weren’t a fan. I’m making my way through the book now and it will be the next review that I (Fabookulous) post. Perhaps George W. Bush’s book in the fall will hit the spot better with you? Do you plan to read it?

    Happy Reading,

  3. Alyssa Says:

    I was here! I can’t believe you were here too! We could have run into each other!


  4. Alyssa Says:

    Wow- I don’t own and haven’t read this book but I was volunteering here for my Work Study Program at school and was at Lisner when everyone came to see her! The College Republican turnout was impressive as was the turnout of the general public!

  5. Alyssa, what a small world! You’ll have to check out Fabookulous’ review coming soon. She’s the one I pointed out at the end of my row last night. Stay tuned! I’m excited to read it too 🙂 🙂


  6. Hi Alyssa,

    Sorry I didn’t get a chance to meet you the other night, but wow what a small world. Are you planning on reading this? I’m about halfway through (I’ve been on site all week for a work event) and it’s really interesting. We should compare notes if you read it!


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