Sisters First by Jenna Bush Hager

Sisters First

Funny and poignant personal stories and reflections from former first daughters Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush.Born into a political dynasty, Jenna and Barbara Bush grew up in the public eye. As small children, they watched their grandfather become president; just twelve years later they stood by their father's side when he took the same oath. They spent their college years being trailed by the Secret Service and chased by the paparazzi...

Details Sisters First

TitleSisters First
Release DateOct 24th, 2017
PublisherGrand Central Publishing
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Biography, Audiobook

Reviews Sisters First

  • Candy
    The Bush twins come off as likeable, intelligent women... interesting for the inside scoop on their lives in the White House.
  • Myrna
    Quick fun read. I was pleasantly surprised by the Bush daughters' caring, honest, and funny stories. Their love for each other and their family really shines through in this one.
  • Jean
    This memoir by the fraternal Bush twins has the forward by their mother, Laura Bush. Jenna Bush Hager is a correspondent for NBC’s Today Show and Barbara Pierce Bush is CEO and founder of Global Health Corps.They discuss their early life in Midland Texas and attending high school in Austin, Texas when their father was Governor. They tell about life in the Governor’s Mansion and in the White House.The book is full of heartwarming anecdotes as ...
  • Carla
    I've always enjoyed Jenna Bush Hager on the Today show.Both Barbara and Jenna wrote chapters on their memories/feelings as growing up as twin sisters and being part of the Bush family.I found this to be an easy, interesting read.
  • Jessica
    All my reviews can be found at: into the Bush dynasty, Barbara and Jenna Bush were never going to have a normal life, despite their parents attempting that very fact. And their parents succeeded in that as much as possible. From the moment they were born they were in the public eye and will continue to be.I am one year older than them, so I really enjoyed this memoir that both ladies co-wrote. Being the same...
  • Matt
    I just visited the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas during Spring Break a couple weeks ago. When I got home and went to my local library, this book, written by Jenna and Barbara Bush (George W.’s and Laura’s twin daughters) was right there on the first shelf I came to, so the timing was good, and my interest was piqued.Jenna and Barbara Bush grew up as the granddaughter of a former President, and then their dad was President. Ima...
  • Riva Sciuto
    As a lover of presidential history, I've always been intrigued by the lives of the First Families. So I really enjoyed the insights Jenna and Barbara share in their memoir. It was surprisingly deep at times: they reveal the lifelong guilt their mother, Laura Bush, has felt since she ran a stop sign at 17 and killed her high school classmate; Barbara talks -- openly and honestly -- about her high school boyfriend who hanged himself; and they both ...
  • Mary
    Jenna and Barbara take turns telling stories about growing up in the Bush household, the Texas governor's mansion, and their years as First Daughters. Funny anecdotes from both made me smile. The best thing was getting to know the President, through his intelligent, articulate daughters. The love and respect they have for one another is the best thing about this audio book. The entire Bush clan becomes real and appear to be every bit as normal as...
  • Ankur
    I really wanted to love this book. The chapters were alternating short vignettes, shifting from Jenna's perspective to Barbara's.... but none of the vignettes really went in depth. In the section about living in the white house, one of the sister's mention that showing around the Obama girls was their favourite moment in that house. I wish we had gotten an in depth story about that, rather than the one sentence. Having said all that, I did enjoy ...
  • Author Annabelle Leigha
    The only thing I didn't like about this book was the way it ended. I feel like I hit a brick wall. It just stopped. :(
  • Anita
    Beautiful stories of sisterhood being a twin and growing up very normal in a very political family. Full review soon. Thank you Grand Central Publishing for a copy of this book. Loved it.
  • Angela
    I'm not a political person, but I was really looking forward to reading this book. In Sisters First, Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush take turns writing short essays about memories from their lives. I found there to be a distinct difference in their writing. Barbara's essays were more thoughtful and contemplative, such as her feelings about a high school classmate's suicide and some of her college experiences. Jenna's were more straightfo...
  • Elena
    I was never interested in the lives of President George Bush's twins while he was in office. I'd see them in the tabloids every now and then for some underage drinking fiasco but for the most part, wasn't interested. But when I saw this book at the airport a few months ago, I was curious what they had to say. After all, they were born and raised in a political dynasty, so they were bound to have a few larger-than-life memories. Sure enough, this ...
  • Mom
    I love reading about the Bush family. They are a tight knit family that support one another, love one another and enjoy being together.
  • Brittany
    I thought this was a lovely, poignant and informative family memoir. I actually listened to the audiobook version as my running soundtrack this month and I found myself looking forward to each run because I felt like I was having a conversation with two girlfriends.Jenna and Barbara are about my age and I've always found myself interested in their lives and family, and I think I related to their goal: to show that their family was their family an...
  • Andrea
    Maybe 3.75 but I enjoyed this glimpse into the Bush family. They seem like a bunch of mensches really, a close family, intellectual and sweet. They love baseball, rocky beach towns, books, writing letters. Because they aren't Jewish, they scold each other with a hard look rather than loud words, which is so foreign to me. I never knew about Robin, and of course ended up googling to read more. So sad. I was cracking up at Jenna going into labor at...
  • LemonLinda
    Reading this book by the Bush twins spoke to me on a couple of different levels. First of all, I have two daughters who are similarly sisters first throughout their lives. Secondly, I have great admiration for the Bush family and appreciate their service to the country while in office and afterwards as the entire family has a gentility and a respect for the basic principles of how our nation operates unlike those in the office today. I was also e...
  • Tena Edlin
    I really enjoyed this book. It even made me cry. I think I got to know the Presidents Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush better through the eyes of their granddaughters than I ever did during their presidencies. It's weird how sentimental I am about the Bush family now, when I almost always disagreed vehemently with their politics. We only get one side from headlines. It was nice to see another view of the Bush twins and of their whole family. This...
  • Lara
    Sisterhood is everything! "This particular friend doesn't live across the world, across town, or even down the street. She lives across the house. And together we've grown up loving each other." " own mythology of love. It is not based on legends of white dresses and rings and bouquets; it is rather the comfort of what is shared with another soul. It need not be any kind of romance; it is simply the bonds that we form, the way our lives inte...
  • Cydney Fletcher
    This memoir is maybe the best I have ever read. The Bush sisters are incredibly talented writers and story tellers. They draw you in and you just can’t stop reading. I’ve always loved learning about the Bush family, but this book made me fall in love with them more. Their stories are so genuine, relatable, and refreshing. This is an inspiring must-read.
  • Emily
    This was funny, surprising, shocking, and wonderful. We need more books that help us see the human side of politics. It is a tribute to the wonderful job the Bushes did in raising their daughters in the hard spotlight of the media. I love presidential stories, and this one was especially fun! The audiobook is read by Barbara and Jenna in alternating chapters.
  • Crissy
    I was given this book by my sister as a Christmas gift. I finished the book in one sitting. This book reads as if you are sitting across the dinner table listening to Jenna and Barbara share stories of their life. As a sister and a mom of twins, I was completely captivated by stories of growing up in the Bush family and their adventures in the White House. Barbara shares a comment that moved me to tears about how she feels about her sister..."for...
  • Cassie
    Interesting audio book. I did not care for the twins voices sometimes but did like the prologue that Laura Bush wrote and read. Very interesting read and enjoyed the stories about their time in the White House and time outside the White House.
  • Anita Dawson
    Bush daughters speaking of their wild life that played out so publicly. I wonder how their family feels about their chosen professions, lives of service helping the less fortunate...
  • Courtney Wynn
    When my sister and I would fight, my mom would always tell us how lucky we were to have a sister. She longed to have a sister growing up. She would tell us constantly we should be each other’s best friend. While reading, I was reminded repeatedly that it’s my greatest gift to have sisters. Sisters First made me cry and laugh -sometimes in the same story. I love Laura and Barbara. I knew little about them and their famous family but now I feel...
  • Kris Patrick
    Jenna, Barbara, Chelsea, Sasha, Malia. Love classy women! Right now I'm suffering from some serious wardrobe envy after following @jennabhager on Instagram.Big thanks to Laura Bush for here work funding school libraries! On a side note, I was dismayed to learn this weekend that there are currently four Donors Choose projects at my former school asking for books. This is terrible. Teachers and librarians shouldn't have to write grant proposals for...
  • Kelli
    My interest in "Sister's First" is not based on my political preference. I find books on any political family interesting, despite party affiliation. And now for my rambling review. The Bush twins have always fascinated me. I feel a sort of kinship towards them because we are roughly (3 years difference) the same age. I thought this would be a fun book, but it touched me much more than I would have ever imagined. Jenna Hager Bush and Barbara Bush...
  • Janell
    I chose to read this book mostly because I enjoyed Jenna Bush Hager on the Today Show ... but I actually enjoyed the book far more than I expected. Jenna's vibrancy in telling a story on television shines through in her book as her stories of growing up in Texas will repeatedly make the reader smile. I found Jenna and her sister Barbara to be real people with experiences that weren't much different than our own, even though they were living in th...
  • Stacie
    I listened to this one through my library's overdrive app. Jenna and her sister Barbara alternate reading their own stories in each chapter. I easily could tell the two voices apart and absolutely loved this collection of stories from their childhood to adult life. Their stories ranged from sister bonding to the trouble each of them got into (even when it made the front pages) to their careers and Jenna's marriage and family. All of this while gr...