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Jenna Bush Hager, the former first daughter and granddaughter, bestselling author, and coanchor of the Today show, shares moving, funny stories about her beloved grandparents and the wisdom they passed on that has shaped her life. To the world, George and Barbara Bush were America’s powerful president and influ­ential first lady. To Jenna Bush Hager, they were her beloved G Jenna Bush Hager, the former first daughter and granddaughter, bestselling author, and coanchor of the Today show, shares moving, funny stories about her beloved grandparents and the wisdom they passed on that has shaped her life. To the world, George and Barbara Bush were America’s powerful president and influ­ential first lady. To Jenna Bush Hager, they were her beloved Gampy and Ganny, who taught her about respect, humility, kindness, and living a life of passion and meaning—timeless lessons that continue to guide her. In Midland, Texas, Jenna’s maternal grandparents, Harold and Jenna Welch—Pa and Grammee—a home builder and homemaker, lived a quieter life outside the national spotlight. Yet their influence was no less indelible to their granddaughter. Throughout Jenna’s childhood and adolescence, the Welches taught her the name of every star in the sky, the way a dove uses her voice—teaching her to appreciate the beauty in the smallest things. Now the mother of three young children, Jenna pays homage to her grandparents in this collection of heartwarming, intimate personal essays. Filled with love, laughter, and unforgettable stories, Everything Beautiful in Its Time captures the joyous and bittersweet nature of life itself. Jenna reflects on the single year in which she and her family lost Barbara and George H. W. Bush, and Jenna Welch. With the light, self-deprecating charm of the bestselling Sisters First—cowritten with her twin sister, Barbara—Jenna reveals how they navigated this difficult period with grace, faith, and nostalgic humor, uplifted by their grandparents’ sage advice and incomparable spirits. In this moving book, Jenna remembers the past, cherishes the present, and prepares for the future—providing a wealth of anecdotes and lessons for her own children and all of us. Poignant and humorous, intimate and sincere, Everything Beautiful in Its Time is a warm and wonderful celebration of the enduring power of family and an exploration of the things that truly matter most.


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Jenna Bush Hager, the former first daughter and granddaughter, bestselling author, and coanchor of the Today show, shares moving, funny stories about her beloved grandparents and the wisdom they passed on that has shaped her life. To the world, George and Barbara Bush were America’s powerful president and influ­ential first lady. To Jenna Bush Hager, they were her beloved G Jenna Bush Hager, the former first daughter and granddaughter, bestselling author, and coanchor of the Today show, shares moving, funny stories about her beloved grandparents and the wisdom they passed on that has shaped her life. To the world, George and Barbara Bush were America’s powerful president and influ­ential first lady. To Jenna Bush Hager, they were her beloved Gampy and Ganny, who taught her about respect, humility, kindness, and living a life of passion and meaning—timeless lessons that continue to guide her. In Midland, Texas, Jenna’s maternal grandparents, Harold and Jenna Welch—Pa and Grammee—a home builder and homemaker, lived a quieter life outside the national spotlight. Yet their influence was no less indelible to their granddaughter. Throughout Jenna’s childhood and adolescence, the Welches taught her the name of every star in the sky, the way a dove uses her voice—teaching her to appreciate the beauty in the smallest things. Now the mother of three young children, Jenna pays homage to her grandparents in this collection of heartwarming, intimate personal essays. Filled with love, laughter, and unforgettable stories, Everything Beautiful in Its Time captures the joyous and bittersweet nature of life itself. Jenna reflects on the single year in which she and her family lost Barbara and George H. W. Bush, and Jenna Welch. With the light, self-deprecating charm of the bestselling Sisters First—cowritten with her twin sister, Barbara—Jenna reveals how they navigated this difficult period with grace, faith, and nostalgic humor, uplifted by their grandparents’ sage advice and incomparable spirits. In this moving book, Jenna remembers the past, cherishes the present, and prepares for the future—providing a wealth of anecdotes and lessons for her own children and all of us. Poignant and humorous, intimate and sincere, Everything Beautiful in Its Time is a warm and wonderful celebration of the enduring power of family and an exploration of the things that truly matter most.

30 review for Everything Beautiful in Its Time: Seasons of Love and Loss

  1. 5 out of 5

    Regina

    "Everything Beautiful in Its Time" is like a fire hose helping to douse the flames of the dumpster fire that is 2020. Say what you will about the Goodreads Choice Awards, but I'm so grateful that this year's list of memoir/autobiography finalists led me to this book. I'm predisposed to like it given how much I love Jenna Bush Hager, the Today Show, and the Read With Jenna book club, yet I was going to pass it up. It just seemed... unnecessary. As it turns out, I really needed this book. I needed "Everything Beautiful in Its Time" is like a fire hose helping to douse the flames of the dumpster fire that is 2020. Say what you will about the Goodreads Choice Awards, but I'm so grateful that this year's list of memoir/autobiography finalists led me to this book. I'm predisposed to like it given how much I love Jenna Bush Hager, the Today Show, and the Read With Jenna book club, yet I was going to pass it up. It just seemed... unnecessary. As it turns out, I really needed this book. I needed to read the writings of someone just being PLEASANT. I needed to spend time with someone trying her hardest to "walk on the side of love." I needed a reminder that despite its ups and downs, life can be gentle if we're gentle with each other and ourselves. Despite her maiden name, politics are left at the door. Yes, large segments of this book are dedicated to members of the Bush family, but the emphasis here is on FAMILY. She loves hers to be sure, and her essays about and letters to them are highly relatable and human. I had a lump in my throat nearly from start to finish. All the stars for Jenna Bush Hager, not only for this uplifting collection but also for her efforts to lift up other authors and their books.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Jenna Bush Hager’s poignant and beautifully written memoir, a collection of reminiscences, is a tribute to her family and the love and respect they share for each other. It’s a story of love, kindness, self deprecating humor, faith, and gratitude. Within a year’s time, Jenna lost her three remaining grandparents. These losses inspired her to reflect back on her life and her place in her very close knit family. Reflecting on the words from Ecclesiastes, “He has made everything beautiful in its tim Jenna Bush Hager’s poignant and beautifully written memoir, a collection of reminiscences, is a tribute to her family and the love and respect they share for each other. It’s a story of love, kindness, self deprecating humor, faith, and gratitude. Within a year’s time, Jenna lost her three remaining grandparents. These losses inspired her to reflect back on her life and her place in her very close knit family. Reflecting on the words from Ecclesiastes, “He has made everything beautiful in its time”, this memoir traces life from beginning to end, with its joys and sorrows through the years. She shares the wisdom and guiding principles she learned from her parents and grandparents, and how these have given her strength to aspire to live a life of meaning and to move forward with confidence. This moving and uplifting book, reflections on what truly is important in life, is well worth reading and one you soon won’t forget. Thank you to Netgalley, Harper Collins Publishers, and Jenna Bush Hager for giving me the opportunity to read the ARC of this inspiring book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Emily Gilmore

    I’m a big fan of Jenna Bush Hager and couldn’t put this down! I feel privileged that she shares her personal journey through grief and healing in this lovely book. I lost 3 of my grandparents at a young age, so it was a joy to live vicariously through many of her family stories. Her descriptions and emotion are beautiful and despite the rawness of the book, I finished it feeling uplifted, hopeful, and heart-warmed. Thank you Net Galley for the opportunity to read an early release copy!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ink_Drinker

    What a beautiful tribute to the Bush family by Jenna Bush Hager!! Her love for her family saturated every page of this moving book. I laughed, I cried.....I felt every emotion under the sun. At times, I felt like I was reading George HW Bush and Barbara’s love story, two of my most favorite people ever!! Their relationship with each other is what we should all aspire to achieve. Jenna shares her most personal thoughts about love, loss, marriage, sisterhood, motherhood, and friendships. Everythin What a beautiful tribute to the Bush family by Jenna Bush Hager!! Her love for her family saturated every page of this moving book. I laughed, I cried.....I felt every emotion under the sun. At times, I felt like I was reading George HW Bush and Barbara’s love story, two of my most favorite people ever!! Their relationship with each other is what we should all aspire to achieve. Jenna shares her most personal thoughts about love, loss, marriage, sisterhood, motherhood, and friendships. Everything important to her, she shares with us and invites us into the Bush family. Their family is easy to relate to because they are so “normal” as you will see through the letters, photos, and memories Jenna shares with the reader. Of course, Jenna and her sister Barbara had to live this life in front of the millions of people and they did it with grace. We can learn a lot from the Bush family. They are all a class act! Here’s one of the tidbits Jenna shares with us that she learned from her Granny, Barbara Bush: “I have learned the gift of uniqueness and authenticity: from wearing mismatched Keds to your signature pearls and snow what hair! You taught me that humor, wit, and grace are the best accessories and that worrying too much about looks is (in your words) boring. Words matter, kindness matters. Looks fade.” These little gems are scattered throughout the book and I just devoured them all!! *For a little more insight into Gampy and Granny Bush, I recommend searching on YouTube for Barbara Bush Wellesley Speech and Bush’s Tribute to Bob Hope (this one had me in tears it is so funny), I highly recommend this to book to anyone who would enjoy reading a feel good collection of stories that everyone can relate to. It’s a love story of marriage, family and life. Being it’s almost Valentine’s Day, it would be a perfect read. This book has nothing to do with politics, so it doesn’t matter what party you align yourself with because this is a story of love above all else.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    Everything Beautiful in Its Time Now this is how you write a memoir Jenna Bush Hager with her husband Henry and kids. Everything Beautiful in Its Time written by the daughter of the former president of the United States George W. Bush. Jenna Bush Hager. In Everything Beautiful in Its Time Jenna writes about her beloved grandparents and parents, the things that she learned from them, the virtues that they shared to each other, to embrace motherhood, sisterhood, fatherhood, to see what are Everything Beautiful in Its Time Now this is how you write a memoir Jenna Bush Hager with her husband Henry and kids. Everything Beautiful in Its Time written by the daughter of the former president of the United States George W. Bush. Jenna Bush Hager. In Everything Beautiful in Its Time Jenna writes about her beloved grandparents and parents, the things that she learned from them, the virtues that they shared to each other, to embrace motherhood, sisterhood, fatherhood, to see what are the things that actually matter. In this very special memoir Jenna writes about the importance of family relationships, the importance of love in the family. The courage, love and virtue and to set a good example for everyone especially to your kids, to do what you want to do, whoever you are, the importance of Thanksgiving and everything. I have very little knowledge about the Bush's political history, but they are a very very good parents, they are excellent grandparents. They raised a wonderful confident happy woman. This is a very special memoir that will make you cry and think about how fortunate you are to have a family. The most important things are the little things, just little things is enough to make us happy and satisfied. Everything Beautiful in Its Time is a memoir that you don't want to miss! As long as I'm alive my grandparents will not be forgotten. I'll tell their stories to my children so that their spirit lives on in our family. And they will be by my side as I walk through life. I hear their voices in the letters they sent me and in my memories. They offer comfort, support and guidance, and I will listen to them always. Jenny Bush Hager 5 loving stars!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kerrin P

    The title of Jenna Bush Hager’s 2020 collection of essays is taken from Ecclesiastes 3:11-13 "He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men, yet they cannot fathom the work that God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and do good while they live, and also that every man should eat and drink and find satisfaction in all his labor—this is the gift of God.…" This is such a fitting title for this boo The title of Jenna Bush Hager’s 2020 collection of essays is taken from Ecclesiastes 3:11-13 "He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men, yet they cannot fathom the work that God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and do good while they live, and also that every man should eat and drink and find satisfaction in all his labor—this is the gift of God.…" This is such a fitting title for this book which includes tributes to her beloved grandparents, three of which died within a year of each other. Not only does she grapple with the loss of her grandparents, but she must also find a way to explain their deaths to her young children. The essays are told with heartfelt love, grace, and a sprinkling of humor. They give us an honest look at the lives of not only her grandparents, parents, and sister but also her own husband and children and her Today Show coworkers who are dear friends. 5-Stars. I listened to the audiobook which is read by the author. It was a wonderful way to pass a snowy day as I felt warmed by the stories.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    After reading and enjoying Jenna Bush Hager's Sisters First, co-written with her twin Barbara Pierce Bush, I was very excited to win a copy of her upcoming release from Goodreads giveaways! Jenna's writing is warm and sincere, and her personal stories are always so heartfelt. In her new book, Jenna Bush Hager invites us in to learn even more about her family. She tells stories about her daughters and new son; dedicates a chapter to her husband, Henry; and shares more stories about her sister Barb After reading and enjoying Jenna Bush Hager's Sisters First, co-written with her twin Barbara Pierce Bush, I was very excited to win a copy of her upcoming release from Goodreads giveaways! Jenna's writing is warm and sincere, and her personal stories are always so heartfelt. In her new book, Jenna Bush Hager invites us in to learn even more about her family. She tells stories about her daughters and new son; dedicates a chapter to her husband, Henry; and shares more stories about her sister Barbara. The bulk of the book is spent reliving memories of her grandparents, particularly former President and First Lady George and Barbara Bush, but also her maternal grandmother (and namesake), Jenna Welch. As she lost all three of these family members in the span of about a year, it is a particularly poignant book. Even though the Bush family has been in the public eye for decades, Jenna manages to include many little-known memories and stories of her famous relatives. It's obvious from her writing that the family is extremely close and have many happy traditions. I loved reading about her grandparents' house rules, and they were never stingy with praise. They taught Jenna that it's okay to show emotion, even tears. From writing letters back and forth, to spending hours fishing, to meeting their great-grandchildren, the memories included in the book's several essays were sometimes humorous, sometimes heart-wrenching, but always touching. I actually found myself tearing up many times while reading this book. Although I wish there were more stories about her maternal grandparents, this was a beautiful tribute to Jenna Bush Hager's beloved family members and one I think I will return to again and again. 4.5 stars

  8. 4 out of 5

    Janis Rich

    Some cute memories about the Bush family. I guess I go a bit against the grain on this one because I didn’t, despite such great subject matter, feel it had as much substance as I had hoped. Nevertheless, some insight into the Bush family life.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    With the recent GR polls for best books, I am trying to read the ones in my possession so that my vote will go for something I actually read. This was one of those. I didn't care for this one and it will not get my vote. Some of it was endearing (hence the 2 star rating), but everything else was irritating me SO MUCH. All of the 5 star reviews have me somewhat baffled. I'll mention one big issue. First, when an opportunity came to get "real", the author would stop short of making an impact. If s With the recent GR polls for best books, I am trying to read the ones in my possession so that my vote will go for something I actually read. This was one of those. I didn't care for this one and it will not get my vote. Some of it was endearing (hence the 2 star rating), but everything else was irritating me SO MUCH. All of the 5 star reviews have me somewhat baffled. I'll mention one big issue. First, when an opportunity came to get "real", the author would stop short of making an impact. If she could have just let just peeled back one more layer, I think this would have been 4 stars. It felt superficial. like a press release. I kept wondering where was the editor in this. Anyway, not my favorite....so 2 stars.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Caroline David

    This book was so special and I felt myself welling up with tears many times. Jenna Bush Hager is such a wonderful writer and orator. This book that honored her grandparents in such a wonderful way was so sweet. I loved learning about Harold and Jenna Welsh, her maternal grandparents, who we often don’t hear about enough and I also loved the inside stories about “Ganny” (Barbara Bush). I appreciate that Jenna opened up her memories of these great people and allowed us to take a look into her fond This book was so special and I felt myself welling up with tears many times. Jenna Bush Hager is such a wonderful writer and orator. This book that honored her grandparents in such a wonderful way was so sweet. I loved learning about Harold and Jenna Welsh, her maternal grandparents, who we often don’t hear about enough and I also loved the inside stories about “Ganny” (Barbara Bush). I appreciate that Jenna opened up her memories of these great people and allowed us to take a look into her fondest memories.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Put aside politics. Jenna Bush Hager has not been overtly political, and isn’t a member of the Republican Party. Take this as a family memoir. And take it on its accord, from a highly successful television journalist and author. This book is a love letter to her grandparents and to her own children. She discusses the life lessons they taught through words and deeds. It is truly a *nice* book, about people trying to be the best humans they could be. It discusses how strong and amazing, but how co Put aside politics. Jenna Bush Hager has not been overtly political, and isn’t a member of the Republican Party. Take this as a family memoir. And take it on its accord, from a highly successful television journalist and author. This book is a love letter to her grandparents and to her own children. She discusses the life lessons they taught through words and deeds. It is truly a *nice* book, about people trying to be the best humans they could be. It discusses how strong and amazing, but how completely different, her grandmothers were. It praises her rather soft-spoken mom. It shows other sides of her famous grandfather and father that are not available to the public. Do I agree with those men’s politics? No. Can I appreciate them as the human being she portrays? Absolutely. This book is a balm during 2020. It made me think kindly of my ancestors, and contemplate the legacy I want to pass to my children - and the universe willing, further down the line some day. I listened to the audiobook, and her voice is soothing and stirring. And PS - she supported Hillary.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Drew Blythe

    If you are grappling with loss, especially the loss of a grandparent, Jenna’s words will remind you over and over how their lives formed yours and how they continue to impact your life. Her words are poignant, comforting, funny, and uplifting. The Bush Family feels like they could be any of our families through this book. Jenna reminds you humor, kindness, and family love carry you through all seasons of love and loss. Highly recommend, and know I’ll be revisiting this one frequently.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Brei

    I love everything Jenna puts out. I found myself crying every other page with this one. Cathartic happy tears. I felt for her with each page as she spoke about the people that meant most in her life. Do yourself a favor and preorder this one. I loved hearing the stories about the people Jenna loved most.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    I loved this book so much! Seeing George H Bush and Barbara Bush as Gampy and Ganny in Jenna’s eyes truly was heartwarming as she honors them through essays and stories of her precious memories. I found the stories moving, emotional, intimate, and beautiful. I highly recommend.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Annissa Joy Armstrong

    I loved this book!! Jenna shared so many lovely stories about her family in this book. It is about love, family, loss, taking chances, learning from mistakes and so much more. I highly recommend!!!!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Belle

    What a beautiful book of Thanksgiving! It’s a reminder of the permanence of family and friends in this season. Jenna is one those people that exudes love. This book is her foundation for this love. So many stories of love between generations are within these pages. As we enter a season of no Thanksgiving gatherings in Minnesota, this book will help carry me through to a new day and remember Everything Beautiful in Its Time. P.S. Jenna has gone out of her way to make this a non-political book and What a beautiful book of Thanksgiving! It’s a reminder of the permanence of family and friends in this season. Jenna is one those people that exudes love. This book is her foundation for this love. So many stories of love between generations are within these pages. As we enter a season of no Thanksgiving gatherings in Minnesota, this book will help carry me through to a new day and remember Everything Beautiful in Its Time. P.S. Jenna has gone out of her way to make this a non-political book and everyone should pick it up just one would pick up the Obama books despite political affiliation.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Hayley Harding

    I’m trying to keep in mind that Jenna Bush Hager’s lived experiences are SO different than most people’s based on who her family, but there are a few times it appears that had detached her from reality a bit. While this was at times a charming read, she often seems to somehow miss the lesson she was trying to teach in lieu of some superficial Other Point. I enjoyed parts of it but overall don’t think I’d recommend it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    I saw this book being touted on the Today Show earlier this year. When I got the opportunity to listen to it, narrated by the author, I grabbed it. This is a book of anecdotes and reminiscences from Jenna Bush Hager's perspective. It tells stories of growing up as the granddaughter and daughter of US presidents. It also deals with a lot of issues that young girls deal with whether in the spotlight or not. She humanizes her grandparents and shares simple stories that taught her to become the pers I saw this book being touted on the Today Show earlier this year. When I got the opportunity to listen to it, narrated by the author, I grabbed it. This is a book of anecdotes and reminiscences from Jenna Bush Hager's perspective. It tells stories of growing up as the granddaughter and daughter of US presidents. It also deals with a lot of issues that young girls deal with whether in the spotlight or not. She humanizes her grandparents and shares simple stories that taught her to become the person she has become today. When she reads letters that she has written to her grandparents, it felt like I was eavesdropping. I am not American and do not have a lot of preconceived notions about either of the Bushes. I do know that this was a nice book to listen to and I enjoyed hearing a bit about the family side of the George Bush Sr. The narration was well done as it felt like I was sitting and listening to Jenna Bush Hagar telling these stories. I usually enjoy when an author narrates their own work, as they add emotions and expression at all the right spots. I was gifted a copy of this book upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Claire King

    I listened to this one as an audio book and enjoy Jenna Bush Hager’s story telling. Many neat stories about her grandparents and family that made me think about mine and often brought tears to my eyes. So very thankful for family!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I love listening to Jenna’s books in her voice- with that soft Texas twang. She tells so many beautiful stories about her grandparents and they lives they lived and the love they shared. A beautiful tribute to the place she is at in her life and those who shaped her. If she keeps writing books, I’ll keep reading/listening.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Amy | Foxy Blogs

    Everything Beautiful in Its Time is Jenna's reflection of her growing up into adulthood. I really enjoyed hearing the stories of her childhood and the letters she shared. Audiobook source: Library/Overdrive Narrator: Jenna Bush Hager Length: 5H 1M Everything Beautiful in Its Time is Jenna's reflection of her growing up into adulthood. I really enjoyed hearing the stories of her childhood and the letters she shared. Audiobook source: Library/Overdrive Narrator: Jenna Bush Hager Length: 5H 1M

  22. 4 out of 5

    Natalie Herr

    Sweet memoir about family life and the love between generations. Made me miss my grandparents 😭

  23. 5 out of 5

    Laurene

    A beautiful heart felt memoir. "To do what my grandfather said is the most important thing: be true to yourself, know who you are, and be at peace" A beautiful heart felt memoir. "To do what my grandfather said is the most important thing: be true to yourself, know who you are, and be at peace"

  24. 4 out of 5

    Laura Janette

    I thought this was a beautiful collection of thoughts and letters. It reminds us to hold dear those we love and realize how quickly one generation fades to the next.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)

    Everyone knows the Bush family, but few really know what it's like to grow up with such famous family members. Jenna Bush Hager provides us a glimpse into what life was like with her grandparents and shares some adorable anecdotes as well as stories of heartbreak that her grandparents endured. Whether she is sharing her stories of growing up in the White House or spending time with her former president grandfather at their house in Maine, it was all very endearing. That's what Jenna does well in Everyone knows the Bush family, but few really know what it's like to grow up with such famous family members. Jenna Bush Hager provides us a glimpse into what life was like with her grandparents and shares some adorable anecdotes as well as stories of heartbreak that her grandparents endured. Whether she is sharing her stories of growing up in the White House or spending time with her former president grandfather at their house in Maine, it was all very endearing. That's what Jenna does well in this memoir; she shares her stories of her grandparents and tugs on your heartstrings in the process. Readers who are fans of Hager herself or the Bush family should definitely check out Everything Beautiful in its Time. It's a nice reminder of a time when politics wasn't so divisive. Read the rest of my review here: http://www.confessionsofabookaddict.c...

  26. 5 out of 5

    TheBerryBookReport

    I devoured this in a matter of a few hours! I loved listening to Jenna narrate her own book and absolutely adored hearing of her adventures with her four grandparents. I was blessed beyond measure to have an incredibly close relationship with all four of my grandparents until my late 20s when I lost three of them in a matter of two years. I am still so lucky my Nana, at 92, is healthy, feisty and facetiming me weekly. Hearing Jenna's stories of growing up, trying to please them all, learning fro I devoured this in a matter of a few hours! I loved listening to Jenna narrate her own book and absolutely adored hearing of her adventures with her four grandparents. I was blessed beyond measure to have an incredibly close relationship with all four of my grandparents until my late 20s when I lost three of them in a matter of two years. I am still so lucky my Nana, at 92, is healthy, feisty and facetiming me weekly. Hearing Jenna's stories of growing up, trying to please them all, learning from them and their diverse personalities reminded me so much of my own four: Papa, Nana, Umpa and Umma. They could not be more different if they tried, but they all were the same in being the absolute best grandparents. From decorating keds tennis shoes with puffy paints, traveling the USA to see cut class shows, collecting beanie babies and learning how to shuffle playing cards like a true professional...my childhood and well into my adult life I made the best memories with these 4 and hearing Jenna's stories made me so nostalgic for my own. I cannot recommend this more highly - it is a feel good collection of stories that anyone and everyone can relate to. My goal in 2021 was to read more non-fiction books, with a tangible goal of at least one per month. This was my first NF of the year and man did it start with a bang! What non-fiction reads have you loved that I need to add to my TBR? 4/100 . .

  27. 5 out of 5

    Roberta

    This was a moving, funny, and intimate recollection from a granddaughter of her famous and non-famous grandparents. Jenna Bush Hager seems like a funny woman who would blurt out just about anything, making her fun to be around and making this a fun read. The book includes letters--which her Bush grandparents wrote frequently--text messages, and remembrances of times spent together. It also includes her memories of both intimate family gatherings, the private funeral of her maternal grandmother, This was a moving, funny, and intimate recollection from a granddaughter of her famous and non-famous grandparents. Jenna Bush Hager seems like a funny woman who would blurt out just about anything, making her fun to be around and making this a fun read. The book includes letters--which her Bush grandparents wrote frequently--text messages, and remembrances of times spent together. It also includes her memories of both intimate family gatherings, the private funeral of her maternal grandmother, and the very public funerals of her two paternal grandparents. To her, they were simply grandparents and much loved and deeply missed. She also includes stories of her own family; husband, three kids, and her job on the Today show. Each chapter is a stand-alone story about a person or incident and can be read one per (day / hour) or gathered in a group. It is a very touching book and brought tears to my eyes on several occasions. It is always intriguing in some ways to 'peek behind the curtain' of famous families and this one showed regular people who dearly loved their family members. It also made me want to read her book: Sisters First that she co-wrote with her twin sister, Barbara and the books that she co-wrote with her mother, Laura Bush. I am grateful to both Goodreads and the publisher for this 'giveaway' ARC!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Stephens

    Finally a good book! I’ve been through a bit of a book slump and this one was the first I’ve read in months that I couldn’t put down! Such a good feeling. I enjoyed the layout of the book; it is a collection of essays which is perfect for stopping and starting on the run. I really enjoyed getting to know both the Bush and the Welch families more intimately. I am a fan of Jenna’s from the Today Show and have also read her previous book with her sister. But I hadn’t realized that all 3 of her gran Finally a good book! I’ve been through a bit of a book slump and this one was the first I’ve read in months that I couldn’t put down! Such a good feeling. I enjoyed the layout of the book; it is a collection of essays which is perfect for stopping and starting on the run. I really enjoyed getting to know both the Bush and the Welch families more intimately. I am a fan of Jenna’s from the Today Show and have also read her previous book with her sister. But I hadn’t realized that all 3 of her grandparents were gone in a year. I remember certainly the president and first lady’s passing close together. What a hard time to lose all remaining grandparents so quickly! I also enjoyed Jenna letting us into another side of her and her family that you don’t see. She touched on her family’s fertility issues and how her son was such a gift, which I didn’t know. She oftentimes recounts events as they played out in real time and what she was really feeling/thinking, which really draws you in. I love memoirs and I think this is a good one. You can really feel the family members’ personalities and bonds amongst each other. You can also relate to the theme of the passing of time and generational change. They say it is a book about grief, but I didn’t find it incredibly sad as other books are. I think it is a great tribute to her family.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    This was one of the best books I've read on the Bush family. Jenna did a wonderful job and you could feel the love for all of her grandparents. I always admired H W Bush for his wartime service and his devotion to his wife of 73 years. Barbara was a strong woman in her own right and a great first lady. It was also evident that they loved Ganny and Gampy but also that they equally loved Laura Bush parents the Welch's. Jenna and Barbara lost three of their grandparents in one year Ganny ,Gampy and This was one of the best books I've read on the Bush family. Jenna did a wonderful job and you could feel the love for all of her grandparents. I always admired H W Bush for his wartime service and his devotion to his wife of 73 years. Barbara was a strong woman in her own right and a great first lady. It was also evident that they loved Ganny and Gampy but also that they equally loved Laura Bush parents the Welch's. Jenna and Barbara lost three of their grandparents in one year Ganny ,Gampy and Jenna Welch, Grandpa Welch passed away earlier in the 90's. This was a very touching story and I would highly recommend it. It will inspire you.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Gisela

    Definitely listen to the audiobook! It is narrated by the author and you feel the emotion in her words. I found myself laughing and at times in tears listening to her speak of the love within her family.

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