The Bush sisters talk politics and prose

’TIS THE SEASON OF THE POLITICAL MEMOIR, even for those who avoided last year’s election glare. Barbara Bush and Jenna Bush Hager are the latest to jump on the bandwagon with Sisters First, a book that couldn’t be called a tell-all—it’s revealing, not shocking—but that breaks ranks with their Republican dynasty.

In alternating chapters, the former First Daughters recount stories about everything from their childhood in Midland, Texas (with visits to their presidential grandfather George H.W. Bush), through their father George W. Bush’s White House years to Jenna’s current career as an NBC News correspondent and Barbara’s work as CEO and co-founder of the nonprofit Global Health Corps.

The 2016 election prompted them to write the book. Barbara, already well on the record in favor of same-sex marriage, voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016. Jenna wrote to Michelle Obama asking for advice on how to talk to her two daughters after Donald Trump’s victory. She says Sisters First was above all a way of celebrating sisterhood.

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