Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild & Wonderful Life by Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush [REVIEW]


The former first daughters share intimate stories and reflections from the Texas countryside to the storied halls of the White House and beyond.

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 college years watched over by Secret Service agents and became fodder for the tabloids, with teenage mistakes making national headlines.

But the tabloids didn’t tell the whole story. In Sisters First, Jenna and Barbara take readers on a revealing, thoughtful, and deeply personal tour behind the scenes of their lives, as they share stories about their family, their unexpected adventures, their loves and losses, and the sisterly bond that means everything to them.


No matter how famous a person is there is so much more to them than their public persona. Behind all of the moments captured by a cameraman or a reporter lies the “real” lives of the Bush twins.

As I perused the anecdotes within this dual biography I realized anew how truly lacking my sibling relationships are. It is unlikely that we will have the type of relationship that Jenna & Barbara share. Am I sad about this? Yes. Is there anything I can do about it? No. Don’t get me wrong, I love them all but our age differences and lifestyles don’t necessarily lend themselves to closeness. I have lived in Chicagoland for more than ½ my life whereas the rest have remained in Cincinnati for most of their lives.

When I found this book on sale, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised at the honesty that Barbra & Jenna poured into sharing their story and how they found their voices in the world.


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