Friday, July 3, 2015


With July 4th around the corner and 2016 election news filling the airways, it is no surprise that one of the most popular current books is about the White House. That book The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House, as well as other titles on the subject can be found at the Monrovia Public Library.
Researching the first families, author Kate Andersen Brower interviewed many past White House employees before she wrote The Residence. The book is a not-to-be-missed window into the private lives of the presidents and their families.  The anecdotes shared by the maids, butlers, chefs and florists, and others, are often surprising and always intimate. 

First ladies have been prominently been featured as both subjects and authors in White House books. It was Jackie Kennedy’s interest in restoring the White House and furnishing it with period furniture that really allowed the public to peek inside. A Tour of the White House with Mrs. John F. Kennedy, by Perry Wolff and illustrated with black and white photos, is a book that really takes readers into the time machine of 1962. And who would think that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would have written a book about entertaining when she was first lady?  An Invitation to the White House: At Home with History is a colorful coffee table book that shares White House rooms, special events and state dinners. Researched by the White House Historical Association with a forward by Laura Bush, is Inside the White House, a detailed look into how the White House operates with such precision. 

And, if you like your history served with some fiction and in DVD form, why not check out Lee Daniels’ The Butler, the movie biography of the African American butler who served 8 presidents.

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