Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Retraction

Never one to give up on a book (that's a lie - I've been reading 1776 for 3 years...), I sat down last night to give American Wife another shot. Three hours later, I had flown through 300 juicy pages. People, this book is not boring!!! I am totally loving it. I did not expect it to be so...graphic?! It reads like a part-memoir, part-politico novel, part-Harlequin romance. And I am totally loving it!
For those of you unfamiliar with the book, it is by Curtis Sittenfeld (who also wrote Prep, which you should run out and buy immediately because it is amazing) and is apparently loosely based on the life of Laura Bush. I don't want to give anything away, so I won't bring up any major details. But let's just say that there are some parts of her life that surprised me - upon checking with Mr. Smith (who knows a bit about the Bush family), I have learned that so far, they are mostly all true.


Did you know that I've seen Laura Bush in the flesh twice? When I worked at George Washington University Hospital in DC, she walked right by me. On two different occasions! I may not always have agreed with her husband's politics, but I think that she did a lot of good. She spent time at our hospital promoting women's cardiac health and, well, who can argue with that?

Anyway! A few of you also inquired about the bloggy book club I'm reading this for. First of all, I must say that I am jumping the gun. The book club is currently reading a different book - but I have already read that book, so I skipped ahead to the second book. :) Please click here to join La Belle Vie Bookclub!

7 comments:

brown eyed girl said...

Interesting - maybe I'll purchase those two books for honeymoon reading! You know the Bush family has some scandalous history, all politicians seem to have that in common!

Lucky in Love said...

My book should be arriving this week! I'm excited to get started now!

d.a.r. said...

Oooohh I totally want to read this now! I love Curtis Sittenfeld's other two books! Thanks for the rec. :)

Newlywed Next Door said...

I reviewed this book a couple months back! Loved it!!!

kilax said...

I am excited to hear you changed your mind. How cool that you've bumped into her!

Jackie said...

I need to go pick this up for the book club. It just came out in paperback :)

I LOOOOOVE Curtis Sittenfeld so I was surprised when you first said it was boring. Glad it get better!!

Christina said...

love your blog and so glad you like the book. it is sitting on my nightstand to read and i have seen mixed reviews.