First Ladies Write

One of the perks of being First Lady – besides wearing designer clothes and getting your hair done every day – is that after you become a former (not an “ex”), you can write your book.

Rosalynn Carter, never the typical first lady, and still hammering away at houses for the unfortunate with her former president/husband, has a new book on mental health, Within Our Reach: Ending the Mental Health Crisis. Both Carters are prolific, but this publication seems particularly timely.

Laura Bush, the most recent former, just published her memoirs, Spoken from the Heart, with lots of gossip and the revelation of how her husband stopped drinking – haven’t we heard that story already?

Sue Miller’s The Senator’s Wife was a fictionalized version of a political wife, with lots of juicy references that seemed to point to Hilary Clinton’s “stand-by-your-man” marriage.  Those of us who needed vindication finally get it here.   More satisfying than Hilary Clinton’s own Living History.

Miller’s most recent, The Lake Shore Limited, has nothing to do with politics and moves in the circles of Vermont and Boston – looks like a good read – on my pile now.