The New York Times
has managed to get a hold of Laura Bush's memoir Spoken from the
Heart weeks before its release. With the "embargo" on reviewing the book broken, commentators are focusing on different details and debating what, exactly, the very private First
Lady reveals. Here are the three details that seem to be drawing
the most chatter:
- Car Accident Many are focusing on
the former First Lady's discussion of the car accident when she was seventeen,
which killed the other driver involved. Most are struck by what a transformative
experience this must have been. "There's a weird feint at the Ralph
Nader defense (her victim was driving a Chevy Corvair, the model
pilloried by Nader in Unsafe at Any Speed)," says Alex Balk
at The Awl, "and the admission that she neither attended the funeral or
attempted to make contact with the dead boy's parents." But The
Atlantic's Eleanor Barkhorn pulls out a particularly "poignant" section in which Mrs. Bush recalls begging God for the boy's life.
- Gay Marriage Change.org's Michael Jones reviews a section in which Laura Bush appears to reveal much more moderate views on gay marriage than those of her husband. "Before the election season had unfolded, I
had talked to George about not making gay marriage a significant
have, I reminded him, a number of close friends who are gay or whose
children are gay. But at that moment I could never have imagined what
path this issue would take and where it would lead."
- Poisoning? That's the story both Gawker and Newser
highlight. Apparently the presidential couple and some staff members
took ill during a visit to Germany, doctors finally deciding that they
had contracted a virus. But Mrs. Bush points out that there had been
several cases of high-profile poisonings at that time--to which
Gawker's Glen Runciter responds, "Hmmm."
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