I have a new book for the book club.
The book I’m picking is Everything Beautiful in Its Time: Seasons of Love and Loss by Jenna Bush Hager.
I just finished reading it and I’d love to talk with all of you about the book.
Many of you will recognize the author, “Jenna Bush Hager is an American news personality, author, and journalist. She is currently the co-host of Today with Hoda & Jenna, the fourth hour of NBC’s morning news program Today. Hager and her twin sister, Barbara, are the daughters of the 43rd U.S. President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush.”
Here is what Amazon had to say about the book:
“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.
“As long as I’m alive, my grandparents will not be forgotten. . . . 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.”
The book isn’t terribly long…240 pages. I listened to the book via audio and didn’t get the actual book. I think I missed out a little bit as the book includes come pictures. You can see them by clicking the Amazon link as many are listed there. I will say that I listened to the book over the course of a whole day. It kept my attention.
I was a little hesitant to read the book. I was afraid there might be a lot of political stuff in the book but I ended up being pleasantly surprised. I think we’ve all had enough politics lately.
The book was more of a family memoir dealing with family dynamics…being a working mother and family preservationist. I am recommending that all three of my girls listen to the book and chime in on their opinion of the book too. I imagine the girls will love reading Jenna’s own struggles with being a working mother…so much is in the book from past to present.
I think no matter your political party, you will find something to love in this book. I sure did!!
Here is a video that promos the book. It should give you a little preview.
How about you all find a copy and try to have it read by February 6th? I think that will give you time to read it…and give me time to get a blog post written and some questions together.
You can find the book HERE on Amazon. You can find ebook, book and audiobook options there.