Pearls of Wisdom by Barbara Bush audiobook

Pearls of Wisdom: Little Pieces of Advice (That Go a Long Way)

By Barbara Bush
Read by Susan Larkin , Brian Troxell , Allan Robertson , Brittany Wilkerson , Kevin Stillwell , Suehyla El-Attar , Cara Reid , and Nicholas Tecosky

Twelve, 12/Twelve 9781538734940

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • Available on 03/03/2020

    ISBN: 9781549129476

  • Available on 03/03/2020

    ISBN: 9781549130694

Runtime: 5.01 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Self-Help
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

The best advice First Lady Barbara Bush offered her family, staff, and close friends.

First Lady Barbara Bush was famous for handing out advice. From friends and family to heads of state and Supreme Court justices, and certainly to her staff, her advice ranged from what to wear, what to say or not say, and how to live your life.

She especially loved visiting with students of all ages, from kindergartners to college graduates. When she turned 80, she owned up to all her advice-giving and explained it this way: After all, in 80 years of living, I have survived 6 children, 17 grandchildren, 6 wars, a book by Kitty Kelly, two presidents, two governors, big Election Day wins and big Election Day losses, and 61 years of marriage to a husband who keeps jumping out of perfectly good airplanes. So, it’s just possible that along the way I’ve learned a thing or two.

At the end of the day, she taught all of us some valuable lessons. As First Lady, she made a point of cuddling a baby with AIDS and hugging a young man who was HIV positive and whose family had rejected him, showing us by example the importance of compassion and the myth of fear. As a mother, she made sure we all knew that your children must come first, and one of the most important things you can do is to read to them. As a friend and mentor, she showed that you had to be true to yourself, and even at the end of her life, she taught us how to die with grace.

Full of Barbara Bush’s trademark wit and thoughtfulness, Pearls of Wisdom is a poignant reflection on life, love, family, and the world by one of America’s most iconic — and beloved — public figures.

Editorial Reviews

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Kirkus Reviews
The late former first lady Bush (Reflections) shares pearls of wisdom in this charming posthumous collection of down-to-earth and often funny advice. Topics covered include looking for the good in others, enjoying life, cherishing relationships, being punctual, and learning not to waste time, and Bush (1925–2018) addresses them with a mix of her own wisdom and tidbits from others, among them author Mary Higgins Clark, former president Bill Clinton, actor Teri Hatcher, and musician Reba McEntire. Examples from Bush’s many commencement speeches (Wellesley: “Be compassionate with one another”; Smith College: “Serve others. You will always get back more than you give”) are included, as well, along with testimonials of those who met Bush. She also writes about living through the heartbreaking death of her three-year-old daughter, Robin, to leukemia, and how hardship has always made her value family above all else. This sage, valuable volume will appeal to readers looking for general advice, no matter one’s political leanings. (Mar.) Publishers Weekly

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Author Bio: Barbara Bush

Author Bio: Barbara Bush

Barbara Bush (1925–2018), born Barbara Pierce, was born in Rye, New York, and married George H. W. Bush in 1945. She was First Lady of the United States from 1989 to 1993. She had five children, including President George W. Bush and Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and was the founder of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.

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Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Self-Help
Runtime: 5.01
Audience: Adult
Language: English