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Jenna Bush Hager, the former first daughter and granddaughter, bestselling author, and coanchor of the Today show, shares moving, funny stories about her beloved grandparents and the wisdom they passed on that has shaped her life. To the world, George and Barbara Bush were America’s powerful president and influ­ential first lady. To Jenna Bush Hager, they were her beloved G Jenna Bush Hager, the former first daughter and granddaughter, bestselling author, and coanchor of the Today show, shares moving, funny stories about her beloved grandparents and the wisdom they passed on that has shaped her life. To the world, George and Barbara Bush were America’s powerful president and influ­ential first lady. To Jenna Bush Hager, they were her beloved Gampy and Ganny, who taught her about respect, humility, kindness, and living a life of passion and meaning—timeless lessons that continue to guide her. In Midland, Texas, Jenna’s maternal grandparents, Harold and Jenna Welch—Pa and Grammee—a home builder and homemaker, lived a quieter life outside the national spotlight. Yet their influence was no less indelible to their granddaughter. Throughout Jenna’s childhood and adolescence, the Welches taught her the name of every star in the sky, the way a dove uses her voice—teaching her to appreciate the beauty in the smallest things. Now the mother of three young children, Jenna pays homage to her grandparents in this collection of heartwarming, intimate personal essays. Filled with love, laughter, and unforgettable stories, Everything Beautiful in Its Time captures the joyous and bittersweet nature of life itself. Jenna reflects on the single year in which she and her family lost Barbara and George H. W. Bush, and Jenna Welch. With the light, self-deprecating charm of the bestselling Sisters First—cowritten with her twin sister, Barbara—Jenna reveals how they navigated this difficult period with grace, faith, and nostalgic humor, uplifted by their grandparents’ sage advice and incomparable spirits. In this moving book, Jenna remembers the past, cherishes the present, and prepares for the future—providing a wealth of anecdotes and lessons for her own children and all of us. Poignant and humorous, intimate and sincere, Everything Beautiful in Its Time is a warm and wonderful celebration of the enduring power of family and an exploration of the things that truly matter most.


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Jenna Bush Hager, the former first daughter and granddaughter, bestselling author, and coanchor of the Today show, shares moving, funny stories about her beloved grandparents and the wisdom they passed on that has shaped her life. To the world, George and Barbara Bush were America’s powerful president and influ­ential first lady. To Jenna Bush Hager, they were her beloved G Jenna Bush Hager, the former first daughter and granddaughter, bestselling author, and coanchor of the Today show, shares moving, funny stories about her beloved grandparents and the wisdom they passed on that has shaped her life. To the world, George and Barbara Bush were America’s powerful president and influ­ential first lady. To Jenna Bush Hager, they were her beloved Gampy and Ganny, who taught her about respect, humility, kindness, and living a life of passion and meaning—timeless lessons that continue to guide her. In Midland, Texas, Jenna’s maternal grandparents, Harold and Jenna Welch—Pa and Grammee—a home builder and homemaker, lived a quieter life outside the national spotlight. Yet their influence was no less indelible to their granddaughter. Throughout Jenna’s childhood and adolescence, the Welches taught her the name of every star in the sky, the way a dove uses her voice—teaching her to appreciate the beauty in the smallest things. Now the mother of three young children, Jenna pays homage to her grandparents in this collection of heartwarming, intimate personal essays. Filled with love, laughter, and unforgettable stories, Everything Beautiful in Its Time captures the joyous and bittersweet nature of life itself. Jenna reflects on the single year in which she and her family lost Barbara and George H. W. Bush, and Jenna Welch. With the light, self-deprecating charm of the bestselling Sisters First—cowritten with her twin sister, Barbara—Jenna reveals how they navigated this difficult period with grace, faith, and nostalgic humor, uplifted by their grandparents’ sage advice and incomparable spirits. In this moving book, Jenna remembers the past, cherishes the present, and prepares for the future—providing a wealth of anecdotes and lessons for her own children and all of us. Poignant and humorous, intimate and sincere, Everything Beautiful in Its Time is a warm and wonderful celebration of the enduring power of family and an exploration of the things that truly matter most.

30 review for Everything Beautiful in Its Time: Seasons of Love and Loss

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Jenna Bush Hager’s poignant and beautifully written memoir, a collection of reminiscences, is a tribute to her family and the love and respect they share for each other. It’s a story of love, kindness, self deprecating humor, faith, and gratitude. Within a year’s time, Jenna lost her three remaining grandparents. These losses inspired her to reflect back on her life and her place in her very close knit family. Reflecting on the words from Ecclesiastes, “He has made everything beautiful in its tim Jenna Bush Hager’s poignant and beautifully written memoir, a collection of reminiscences, is a tribute to her family and the love and respect they share for each other. It’s a story of love, kindness, self deprecating humor, faith, and gratitude. Within a year’s time, Jenna lost her three remaining grandparents. These losses inspired her to reflect back on her life and her place in her very close knit family. Reflecting on the words from Ecclesiastes, “He has made everything beautiful in its time”, this memoir traces life from beginning to end, with its joys and sorrows through the years. She shares the wisdom and guiding principles she learned from her parents and grandparents, and how these have given her strength to aspire to live a life of meaning and to move forward with confidence. This moving and uplifting book, reflections on what truly is important in life, is well worth reading and one you soon won’t forget. Thank you to Netgalley, Harper Collins Publishers, and Jenna Bush Hager for giving me the opportunity to read the ARC of this inspiring book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Regina

    "Everything Beautiful in Its Time" is like a fire hose helping to douse the flames of the dumpster fire that is 2020. Say what you will about the Goodreads Choice Awards, but I'm so grateful that this year's list of memoir/autobiography finalists led me to this book. I'm predisposed to like it given how much I love Jenna Bush Hager, the Today Show, and the Read With Jenna book club, yet I was going to pass it up. It just seemed... unnecessary. As it turns out, I really needed this book. I needed "Everything Beautiful in Its Time" is like a fire hose helping to douse the flames of the dumpster fire that is 2020. Say what you will about the Goodreads Choice Awards, but I'm so grateful that this year's list of memoir/autobiography finalists led me to this book. I'm predisposed to like it given how much I love Jenna Bush Hager, the Today Show, and the Read With Jenna book club, yet I was going to pass it up. It just seemed... unnecessary. As it turns out, I really needed this book. I needed to read the writings of someone just being PLEASANT. I needed to spend time with someone trying her hardest to "walk on the side of love." I needed a reminder that despite its ups and downs, life can be gentle if we're gentle with each other and ourselves. Despite her maiden name, politics are left at the door. Yes, large segments of this book are dedicated to members of the Bush family, but the emphasis here is on FAMILY. She loves hers to be sure, and her essays about and letters to them are highly relatable and human. I had a lump in my throat nearly from start to finish. All the stars for Jenna Bush Hager, not only for this uplifting collection but also for her efforts to lift up other authors and their books.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Emily Gilmore

    I’m a big fan of Jenna Bush Hager and couldn’t put this down! I feel privileged that she shares her personal journey through grief and healing in this lovely book. I lost 3 of my grandparents at a young age, so it was a joy to live vicariously through many of her family stories. Her descriptions and emotion are beautiful and despite the rawness of the book, I finished it feeling uplifted, hopeful, and heart-warmed. Thank you Net Galley for the opportunity to read an early release copy!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    After reading and enjoying Jenna Bush Hager's Sisters First, co-written with her twin Barbara Pierce Bush, I was very excited to win a copy of her upcoming release from Goodreads giveaways! Jenna's writing is warm and sincere, and her personal stories are always so heartfelt. In her new book, Jenna Bush Hager invites us in to learn even more about her family. She tells stories about her daughters and new son; dedicates a chapter to her husband, Henry; and shares more stories about her sister Barb After reading and enjoying Jenna Bush Hager's Sisters First, co-written with her twin Barbara Pierce Bush, I was very excited to win a copy of her upcoming release from Goodreads giveaways! Jenna's writing is warm and sincere, and her personal stories are always so heartfelt. In her new book, Jenna Bush Hager invites us in to learn even more about her family. She tells stories about her daughters and new son; dedicates a chapter to her husband, Henry; and shares more stories about her sister Barbara. The bulk of the book is spent reliving memories of her grandparents, particularly former President and First Lady George and Barbara Bush, but also her maternal grandmother (and namesake), Jenna Welch. As she lost all three of these family members in the span of about a year, it is a particularly poignant book. Even though the Bush family has been in the public eye for decades, Jenna manages to include many little-known memories and stories of her famous relatives. It's obvious from her writing that the family is extremely close and have many happy traditions. I loved reading about her grandparents' house rules, and they were never stingy with praise. They taught Jenna that it's okay to show emotion, even tears. From writing letters back and forth, to spending hours fishing, to meeting their great-grandchildren, the memories included in the book's several essays were sometimes humorous, sometimes heart-wrenching, but always touching. I actually found myself tearing up many times while reading this book. Although I wish there were more stories about her maternal grandparents, this was a beautiful tribute to Jenna Bush Hager's beloved family members and one I think I will return to again and again. 4.5 stars

  5. 4 out of 5

    Aye Ohhh

    I don't recall signing up for a giveaway copy of this, but apparently I did. It's a cute story at times, but there's no way I can separate their monstrous actions during and after Bush's presidency from the familial perspective in this book. He was a horrendous racist, warmonger, anti-queer, anti-woman, and purely a bigot. How he treated his family doesn't erase those things. Post presidential propaganda is very real and often falls from the lips and fingers of those who were safe under their ty I don't recall signing up for a giveaway copy of this, but apparently I did. It's a cute story at times, but there's no way I can separate their monstrous actions during and after Bush's presidency from the familial perspective in this book. He was a horrendous racist, warmonger, anti-queer, anti-woman, and purely a bigot. How he treated his family doesn't erase those things. Post presidential propaganda is very real and often falls from the lips and fingers of those who were safe under their tyranny.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Brei

    I love everything Jenna puts out. I found myself crying every other page with this one. Cathartic happy tears. I felt for her with each page as she spoke about the people that meant most in her life. Do yourself a favor and preorder this one. I loved hearing the stories about the people Jenna loved most.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    I loved this book so much! Seeing George H Bush and Barbara Bush as Gampy and Ganny in Jenna’s eyes truly was heartwarming as she honors them through essays and stories of her precious memories. I found the stories moving, emotional, intimate, and beautiful. I highly recommend.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Annissa Joy Armstrong

    I loved this book!! Jenna shared so many lovely stories about her family in this book. It is about love, family, loss, taking chances, learning from mistakes and so much more. I highly recommend!!!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Janis Rich

    Some cute memories about the Bush family. I guess I go a bit against the grain on this one because I didn’t, despite such great subject matter, feel it had as much substance as I had hoped. Nevertheless, some insight into the Bush family life.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    With the recent GR polls for best books, I am trying to read the ones in my possession so that my vote will go for something I actually read. This was one of those. I didn't care for this one and it will not get my vote. Some of it was endearing (hence the 2 star rating), but everything else was irritating me SO MUCH. All of the 5 star reviews have me somewhat baffled. I'll mention one big issue. First, when an opportunity came to get "real", the author would stop short of making an impact. If s With the recent GR polls for best books, I am trying to read the ones in my possession so that my vote will go for something I actually read. This was one of those. I didn't care for this one and it will not get my vote. Some of it was endearing (hence the 2 star rating), but everything else was irritating me SO MUCH. All of the 5 star reviews have me somewhat baffled. I'll mention one big issue. First, when an opportunity came to get "real", the author would stop short of making an impact. If she could have just let just peeled back one more layer, I think this would have been 4 stars. It felt superficial. like a press release. I kept wondering where was the editor in this. Anyway, not my favorite....so 2 stars.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Drew Blythe

    If you are grappling with loss, especially the loss of a grandparent, Jenna’s words will remind you over and over how their lives formed yours and how they continue to impact your life. Her words are poignant, comforting, funny, and uplifting. The Bush Family feels like they could be any of our families through this book. Jenna reminds you humor, kindness, and family love carry you through all seasons of love and loss. Highly recommend, and know I’ll be revisiting this one frequently.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    I saw this book being touted on the Today Show earlier this year. When I got the opportunity to listen to it, narrated by the author, I grabbed it. This is a book of anecdotes and reminiscences from Jenna Bush Hager's perspective. It tells stories of growing up as the granddaughter and daughter of US presidents. It also deals with a lot of issues that young girls deal with whether in the spotlight or not. She humanizes her grandparents and shares simple stories that taught her to become the pers I saw this book being touted on the Today Show earlier this year. When I got the opportunity to listen to it, narrated by the author, I grabbed it. This is a book of anecdotes and reminiscences from Jenna Bush Hager's perspective. It tells stories of growing up as the granddaughter and daughter of US presidents. It also deals with a lot of issues that young girls deal with whether in the spotlight or not. She humanizes her grandparents and shares simple stories that taught her to become the person she has become today. When she reads letters that she has written to her grandparents, it felt like I was eavesdropping. I am not American and do not have a lot of preconceived notions about either of the Bushes. I do know that this was a nice book to listen to and I enjoyed hearing a bit about the family side of the George Bush Sr. The narration was well done as it felt like I was sitting and listening to Jenna Bush Hagar telling these stories. I usually enjoy when an author narrates their own work, as they add emotions and expression at all the right spots. I was gifted a copy of this book upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Claire King

    I listened to this one as an audio book and enjoy Jenna Bush Hager’s story telling. Many neat stories about her grandparents and family that made me think about mine and often brought tears to my eyes. So very thankful for family!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Caroline Craig David

    This book was so special and I felt myself welling up with tears many times. Jenna Bush Hager is such a wonderful writer and orator. This book that honored her grandparents in such a wonderful way was so sweet. I loved learning about Harold and Jenna Welsh, her maternal grandparents, who we often don’t hear about enough and I also loved the inside stories about “Ganny” (Barbara Bush). I appreciate that Jenna opened up her memories of these great people and allowed us to take a look into her fond This book was so special and I felt myself welling up with tears many times. Jenna Bush Hager is such a wonderful writer and orator. This book that honored her grandparents in such a wonderful way was so sweet. I loved learning about Harold and Jenna Welsh, her maternal grandparents, who we often don’t hear about enough and I also loved the inside stories about “Ganny” (Barbara Bush). I appreciate that Jenna opened up her memories of these great people and allowed us to take a look into her fondest memories.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Roberta

    This was a moving, funny, and intimate recollection from a granddaughter of her famous and non-famous grandparents. Jenna Bush Hager seems like a funny woman who would blurt out just about anything, making her fun to be around and making this a fun read. The book includes letters--which her Bush grandparents wrote frequently--text messages, and remembrances of times spent together. It also includes her memories of both intimate family gatherings, the private funeral of her maternal grandmother, This was a moving, funny, and intimate recollection from a granddaughter of her famous and non-famous grandparents. Jenna Bush Hager seems like a funny woman who would blurt out just about anything, making her fun to be around and making this a fun read. The book includes letters--which her Bush grandparents wrote frequently--text messages, and remembrances of times spent together. It also includes her memories of both intimate family gatherings, the private funeral of her maternal grandmother, and the very public funerals of her two paternal grandparents. To her, they were simply grandparents and much loved and deeply missed. She also includes stories of her own family; husband, three kids, and her job on the Today show. Each chapter is a stand-alone story about a person or incident and can be read one per (day / hour) or gathered in a group. It is a very touching book and brought tears to my eyes on several occasions. It is always intriguing in some ways to 'peek behind the curtain' of famous families and this one showed regular people who dearly loved their family members. It also made me want to read her book: Sisters First that she co-wrote with her twin sister, Barbara and the books that she co-wrote with her mother, Laura Bush. I am grateful to both Goodreads and the publisher for this 'giveaway' ARC!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Stephens

    Finally a good book! I’ve been through a bit of a book slump and this one was the first I’ve read in months that I couldn’t put down! Such a good feeling. I enjoyed the layout of the book; it is a collection of essays which is perfect for stopping and starting on the run. I really enjoyed getting to know both the Bush and the Welch families more intimately. I am a fan of Jenna’s from the Today Show and have also read her previous book with her sister. But I hadn’t realized that all 3 of her gran Finally a good book! I’ve been through a bit of a book slump and this one was the first I’ve read in months that I couldn’t put down! Such a good feeling. I enjoyed the layout of the book; it is a collection of essays which is perfect for stopping and starting on the run. I really enjoyed getting to know both the Bush and the Welch families more intimately. I am a fan of Jenna’s from the Today Show and have also read her previous book with her sister. But I hadn’t realized that all 3 of her grandparents were gone in a year. I remember certainly the president and first lady’s passing close together. What a hard time to lose all remaining grandparents so quickly! I also enjoyed Jenna letting us into another side of her and her family that you don’t see. She touched on her family’s fertility issues and how her son was such a gift, which I didn’t know. She oftentimes recounts events as they played out in real time and what she was really feeling/thinking, which really draws you in. I love memoirs and I think this is a good one. You can really feel the family members’ personalities and bonds amongst each other. You can also relate to the theme of the passing of time and generational change. They say it is a book about grief, but I didn’t find it incredibly sad as other books are. I think it is a great tribute to her family.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    This was one of the best books I've read on the Bush family. Jenna did a wonderful job and you could feel the love for all of her grandparents. I always admired H W Bush for his wartime service and his devotion to his wife of 73 years. Barbara was a strong woman in her own right and a great first lady. It was also evident that they loved Ganny and Gampy but also that they equally loved Laura Bush parents the Welch's. Jenna and Barbara lost three of their grandparents in one year Ganny ,Gampy and This was one of the best books I've read on the Bush family. Jenna did a wonderful job and you could feel the love for all of her grandparents. I always admired H W Bush for his wartime service and his devotion to his wife of 73 years. Barbara was a strong woman in her own right and a great first lady. It was also evident that they loved Ganny and Gampy but also that they equally loved Laura Bush parents the Welch's. Jenna and Barbara lost three of their grandparents in one year Ganny ,Gampy and Jenna Welch, Grandpa Welch passed away earlier in the 90's. This was a very touching story and I would highly recommend it. It will inspire you.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Gisela

    Definitely listen to the audiobook! It is narrated by the author and you feel the emotion in her words. I found myself laughing and at times in tears listening to her speak of the love within her family.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    A candid account of growing up in the Bush family. It seemed like there was a lot of overlap with her previous book, Sisters First.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Paige

    This was my Bookmarks "Date with a Book" and although I may not have picked it myself, I enjoyed it!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cara

    This was a quick heartwarming and uplifting read. Done in 2 sittings and loved all of the stories she told about her family. I love Jenna on the Today show with Hoda and loved learning more about her and her family/grandparents especially. It’s refreshing to see a political family rooted in values, love, and relationships.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Elysse

    Full disclosure: I’m kind of a Bush family fan girl. Ever since reading American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld (which is loosely based on Laura Bush) - I’ve had a thing for the Bush family. I’ve read biographies, news articles, social media posts, etc... I just adore them! I myself am a Democrat and don’t agree with everything the Bush family did in office, but guess who else doesn’t? Jenna. Jenna‘s book is brilliant. She’s honest about her family, she humanizes them and what they experienced in off Full disclosure: I’m kind of a Bush family fan girl. Ever since reading American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld (which is loosely based on Laura Bush) - I’ve had a thing for the Bush family. I’ve read biographies, news articles, social media posts, etc... I just adore them! I myself am a Democrat and don’t agree with everything the Bush family did in office, but guess who else doesn’t? Jenna. Jenna‘s book is brilliant. She’s honest about her family, she humanizes them and what they experienced in office, she is open about the good, the bad, the ugly. I admire her for not just letting us into her intimate life, but for welcoming us. It cannot be easy to have grown up in the spotlight, and yet she has such a grace about her.... I love and admire that about her. This book, regardless of politics, is really just a love letter from Jenna to her family, who has experienced insurmountable loss in the last two years. It’s a beautiful view of family and - especially in COVID times - sheds a light on what is important. ☀️ it will resonate with all readers, it certainly did with me!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Vibliophile

    Truly lovely tribute! I have to admit that I've never been a fan of the Bush family politically, but as a Texan, I readily acknowledge that there's much to like and even admire about them personally. So I was curious about this memoir, of sorts, written by George W Bush's daughter, Jenna. Now married & with children of her own, she writes to remember and to share her memories of both her paternal and maternal grandparents with family, friends, and especially with her little ones. Happily, with th Truly lovely tribute! I have to admit that I've never been a fan of the Bush family politically, but as a Texan, I readily acknowledge that there's much to like and even admire about them personally. So I was curious about this memoir, of sorts, written by George W Bush's daughter, Jenna. Now married & with children of her own, she writes to remember and to share her memories of both her paternal and maternal grandparents with family, friends, and especially with her little ones. Happily, with their encouragement, she has chosen to share them with us as well. As a collection of essays, anecdotes, letters & pictures - it's almost like a virtual scrapbook. With the advantages of digital technology available to us now, our own family has even begun discussing putting together something similar for our own parents. I expected the book to be heart-warming, but honestly found it far more touching than I had anticipated. George Sr's love letters to Barbara were so incredibly sweet. The family traditions & bonding moments like walking to the gate. And Jenna's letter to her Ganny on her first birthday in heaven is so poignant - though my favorite part is when Jenna's little girl runs outside & tells the sky with arms outstretched "Happy birthday, Ganny. I love you"! This is a wonderful book! I'm really grateful to Jenna for sharing her family's precious memories with us!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Marisa

    This raw story and glimpse into Jenna’s life was beautiful, sweet and loving. Learning about Jenna makes me more of a fan. And I love the glimpses of President George HW Bush and George W Bush as well as First Ladies Barbara and Laura. I loved my Grandparents and was lucky to have time with all 4 of them. This book made me miss them even more! I fell in love with both Jenna and Barbara when they were teens in the White House, had the opportunity to meet them both and loved Sisters First. Brava t This raw story and glimpse into Jenna’s life was beautiful, sweet and loving. Learning about Jenna makes me more of a fan. And I love the glimpses of President George HW Bush and George W Bush as well as First Ladies Barbara and Laura. I loved my Grandparents and was lucky to have time with all 4 of them. This book made me miss them even more! I fell in love with both Jenna and Barbara when they were teens in the White House, had the opportunity to meet them both and loved Sisters First. Brava to Jenna for being so real. This book is amazing.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    This was such a pleasant and heartwarming book. It contains essays about life, love, and loss and the memories and lessons Jenna learned from her four grandparents. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Midge Cole

    I listened to this book on Audible, and I think hearing Jenna Bush Hagar read it made it even more enjoyable. This is not a book about politics, but a love letter to all her grandparents. Sweet and lovely.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    4 Stars This 4 Star heartfelt memoir is a loving tribute written by Jenna Bush Hager about about her beloved grandparents. SUMMARY As a Texan, I have always followed and admired the Bush family. Occasionally, there are even Laura Bush sightings in my neighborhood. She has appeared a few times at my church. And, a friend of mine actually saw her browsing the greeting card section in our neighborhood grocery store. My friend said it took everything within her to not run over to the former first 4 Stars This 4 Star heartfelt memoir is a loving tribute written by Jenna Bush Hager about about her beloved grandparents. SUMMARY As a Texan, I have always followed and admired the Bush family. Occasionally, there are even Laura Bush sightings in my neighborhood. She has appeared a few times at my church. And, a friend of mine actually saw her browsing the greeting card section in our neighborhood grocery store. My friend said it took everything within her to not run over to the former first lady and say, "hey girl, what's up?" Ever since I heard that, I grocery shop there every chance I get. Still no Laura sighting for me, but I'm always peeking in the card section to see if I can catch a glimpse of her. When I visited Maine, I made my husband drive us as close to the Bush compound in Kennebunkport as we could get, without ending up on an FBI watch list. I just wanted to try to see their view of the ocean. I remember being indignant for Jenna and Barbara when it actually became a news story that Jenna, while a student at the University of Texas, had a drink in a bar. How did a college student drinking with her friends even make the news??? My friends and I would have made news weekly if that was actually newsworthy. Not only do I have the Dallas connection, but the Bush family Crawford ranch is near the city where I went to college. Occasionally, when something newsworthy was happening with George W, the hotels in town would be jam packed with press and it would be impossible for visiting parents to find a hotel room. I should also mention that I live within walking distance to the George W Bush Museum on SMU campus. I have visited it several times and love the Laura Bush gown collection. Obviously, with all these "close, personal connections" to the family, I should legitimately get to be BFF's with Jenna and Barbara. Right? Well, no such luck so I'll have to settle for reading Jenna's books. Jenna fills this book with stories of her grandparents, not just the famous Bush side, but she also talks about how her mothers parents influenced her. Her stories tell of a tight knit family, committed to serving others. She talks about her relationship with her parents, grandparents and her sister. She talks about her career and how she worried that people would think she only got her Today Show job because of her famous dad. She is extremely candid about motherhood, both the high and low moments. There are some very sweet moments and interesting stories. WHAT I LOVED I really loved how, although she is a very privileged person, it was clear from her book that what she truly values is quiet moments with her family. She adores her husband, children, sister, parents and grandparents. She loved growing up in a large extended family, spending summers with her cousins. She started fishing just so she could have time with her father and grandfather. She seems to be able to find beauty in the small things. What I could relate most was her struggle to maintain balance as a working mom. She is so honest and open a out her daily triumphs and trials!! She tells a story of racing out of work one day because she was late meeting her daughters school bus. She was in a panic, fearing for her daughters safety and feeling like a bad mommy. That was a feeling I could completely relate to! When my son was five, I was so busy juggling work and motherhood that I missed the soccer sign up deadline. It seems small but it was a horrible oversight on my part. I was devastated because it was the most important thing to him at the time and I had let him down. I actually closed my office door and cried at work because I felt like such a bad mommy! Does Jenna Bush, former first kid and current anchor of the Today Show, have the same problems I do??? Amazing!! Unlike Jenna, I quit working a few weeks later to stay home with my kids. I felt like I was missing everything. Since she is in the public eye, if Jenna had done that, everyone would have felt entitled to their opinion and would comment on it publicly. Half the commenters would think its great and the other half would condemn the fact that she has that option. It's kind of cute how she constantly downplays her family's wealth. She made mention of a little three bedroom ranch house they had in Dallas when she and Barbara were young, but glosses over the fact that the house was just a starter house and they would eventually move to a HUGE private very gated house and that she also had access to the giant family compound in Maine and the expansive ranch her parents own in Crawford, TX. Jenna is the Audible version narrator and the story sounds so natural coming directly from her. I loved the picture section! My favorite pic was the bathtub pic. WHAT I DIDN'T LOVE Jenna is earnest. Maybe a little too much? Occasionally it sounds like she's trying to defend the privileged life she was born into. Clearly, she had no control over the circumstances of her birth and she shouldn't have to defend it, but it sounds like she's trying to prove she is just not an over privileged spoiled girl. And, for the record, she is much more than a little rich girl. She includes some letters she wrote to others and snippets of speeches. I didn't love that part. Those are some of the parts that came off as overly earnest. OVERALL If you're a fan of the Bush Family and want an insiders peek behind closed doors, you'll love this book. If you enjoy memoirs about a woman trying to juggle marriage, family and work, you'll love this book. If you like reading about close, loving families, you'll love this book. If you're looking for dirt on the former first family, this is not the book for you. Although Jenna portrays them as humans, she does not bad mouth anyone. She may bring up a teenage squabble between herself and Barbara, but this is not a trashy tell all. Personally, I liked it and enjoyed knowing more about Jenna and her famous family.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Bookreporter.com Biography & Memoir

    We’re hearing a lot these days about how COVID-19 social-distancing rules are affecting extended families --- how younger and older generations are missing out on those formative relationships that should last a lifetime. More tragically, we’re also hearing about families losing elderly relatives without being able to say their goodbyes in person. Against a global backdrop of pandemic disruption and increasing fear for our social and economic futures, the release of bestselling author and popular We’re hearing a lot these days about how COVID-19 social-distancing rules are affecting extended families --- how younger and older generations are missing out on those formative relationships that should last a lifetime. More tragically, we’re also hearing about families losing elderly relatives without being able to say their goodbyes in person. Against a global backdrop of pandemic disruption and increasing fear for our social and economic futures, the release of bestselling author and popular “Today” co-host Jenna Bush Hager’s memoir, EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL IN ITS TIME, might seem ill-timed. So much of it celebrates the enduring closeness of intergenerational family ties that many of us are not experiencing. But there’s nothing glib, entitled or self-absorbed about this former first daughter’s reminiscences of life with her world-famous paternal grandparents, the late president George H. W. Bush and wife Barbara, or her less famous but equally loved maternal grandparents, Harold and Jenna Welch. Clustered around tender remembrances of all three living grandparents, who passed away within the last couple of years (Harold Welch died much earlier), are stories of sisters, brothers, husbands, wives, sons, daughters and grandchildren. Through Jenna’s mindful and compassionate writing, they share connections, challenges, joys and sorrows far beyond the limelight of being identified as part of an iconic American “First Family.” Reading this book is a lot like attending a wedding, funeral, Christmas party or Thanksgiving celebration among a family you don’t know well --- until someone pulls out a thick photo album and begins describing the events and characters within its pages. Stories are told, memories shared, and those “in the know” take pleasure in drawing you inside their unique and colorful world. The way Jenna describes growing up in and out of the White House with her fraternal twin sister Barbara, how they found their individual identities and roles as adults, and how they fell in love and started families of their own, feels like an old-fashioned kitchen-table chat over coffee --- moments that can be surprisingly deep and memorable. This is not your usual chronological memoir. Instead, it moves through a series of heartfelt yet realistic personal essays about those pivotal moments that were colored and informed by grandparents who were far more introspective and humbly wise than any professional media author could reveal. In many ways, Jenna is not merely paying homage to grandparents who gave unstintingly of themselves to family and country but celebrating ancestors who subtly and supportively infused her with an honest desire to carry on their values. Above all, while easy to read, EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL IN ITS TIME is also about the power of enduring gratitude for everything that makes families special beyond their tragedies and imperfections. And a “First Family” is no exception. Put the COVID-19 pandemic aside for an evening or two. Get comfy and read what Jenna Bush Hager has to say; she’s good company in these socially distanced times. Reviewed by Pauline Finch

  29. 4 out of 5

    Leighellen Landskov

    I knew going in this book was going to make me cry 😭 I’m already a sap but then you add in living life during a Covid pandemic and the fact that I read this at the end of summer during a freak winter snowstorm...and my emotions were all over the place. 🙄 This heartfelt book did not disappoint. Filled with life lessons and sweet remembrance. Don’t let the image of the famous person on the cover fool you. This is not a book about politics. This is a narrative of a woman, friend, sister, and mother I knew going in this book was going to make me cry 😭 I’m already a sap but then you add in living life during a Covid pandemic and the fact that I read this at the end of summer during a freak winter snowstorm...and my emotions were all over the place. 🙄 This heartfelt book did not disappoint. Filled with life lessons and sweet remembrance. Don’t let the image of the famous person on the cover fool you. This is not a book about politics. This is a narrative of a woman, friend, sister, and mother sharing the wisdom she has gleaned from her grandparents. Told through snippets, essays, stories, and letters her love for her grandparents shines through. “As long as I’m alive, my grandparents will not be forgotten. I’ll tell their stories and they will be by my side as I walk through life. They offer comfort, support, and guidance and I will listen to them always.” This is a very quick read with chapters that don't interconnect. The story isn't even really linear. It's more musings she had during the year she lost all three of her living grandparents and the legacy they left behind. Thank you to @tlcbooktours @williammorrowbooks and @jennabhager for the #gifted copy to read and review!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    I loved "Sisters First", and this book had quite a bit of overlap. I enjoyed all of the stories and memories that Jenna shared about her grandparents, parents, and her own children. The bond in this family is amazing. However, I did not enjoy the jabs and criticism toward another administration. It was unnecessary and added nothing to the story. In fact, in the very next chapter Jenna goes on to talk about how her father was portrayed inappropriately by the media. A couple of quotes from the boo I loved "Sisters First", and this book had quite a bit of overlap. I enjoyed all of the stories and memories that Jenna shared about her grandparents, parents, and her own children. The bond in this family is amazing. However, I did not enjoy the jabs and criticism toward another administration. It was unnecessary and added nothing to the story. In fact, in the very next chapter Jenna goes on to talk about how her father was portrayed inappropriately by the media. A couple of quotes from the book: "He was portrayed in public, we knew, as not particularly scholarly...But we knew him as an avid reader, especially of history" "While my father was president, there was a vast difference between our dad, the gentle protector, and the way we saw him depicted on TV. But I understood; it was impossible for strangers to know the dad I knew. In the public eye, you're a two dimensional character. Watching a Saturday Night Live parody, I searched for the real man, the one I knew. He wasn't there. Of course not." So in light of this, I would expect a little more grace and understanding to be shown by Jenna Bush Hager. Or at least the dignity to leave it out of a book that is supposed to be about her family.

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