Good FLOTUS reads?
May 22, 2009 12:14 PM   Subscribe

Good biographies or autobiographies about First Ladies?

I recently finished "American Wife" by Curtis Sittenfeld, and loved it. It's a novel generally based on the life of Laura Bush. I'm going on vacation, can anyone recommend engaging books about First Ladies? Era unimportant. Thanks!
posted by LolaCola to Writing & Language (4 answers total)
Can't talk about quality, but this is the official First Ladies Library site. I'll let you do your own searching.
posted by elendil71 at 12:24 PM on May 22, 2009

Expanding on elendil71, here are that site's recommended biographies.
posted by netbros at 12:32 PM on May 22, 2009

Best answer: This is not exactly what you are looking for - but it is (kind of) close. It is a history book, but also a great read - very compelling and fully of amazing people.

The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir
posted by Flood at 4:25 AM on May 23, 2009

Best answer: Eleanor Roosevelt.

I have met Curtis Sittenfeld, and she warns (for good reason) against taking her book as a "life account" of Laura Bush. The book is organized around four events that did happen to Laura Bush, but the description of them, and everything else in the book is completely fabricated. It is primarily a work of fiction...
posted by whimsicalnymph at 12:17 PM on May 24, 2009

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